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    Hey guys-not sure this is the right forum for this or not, but I am looking for good books to read on Disneyland History or even just Disney history in general. Hoping to find some people have read that they enjoyed. Just looking for some good bedtime nightly reads. Any pointers are appreciated! Thanks!

  • #2
    Great topic! Some of the best are out of print and a bit hard to find, but well worth the effort. Some recommendations from previous MiceChat threads...

    Disneyland Books?

    Disneyland Books

    What are some good Disneyland books?

    Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    Disneyland Book Recommendations?

    A good book on the history of Disneyland?

    Recommend a good book about history of Disneyland?

    What is your favorite Disneyland book?

    Book Review: The Disneyland Book of Lists
    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
    designed to appeal to everyone."

    - Walt Disney

    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
    - Michael Eisner

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    • #3
      I have nearly 50 books on Disneyland history, and can offer some choices:

      While not a "book," if you can get copies of "the E Ticket" magazine/fanzine, that would be one of your best sources. I believe that you can get them on CD from the Walt Disney Family Museum.

      Other than that, the best books on the Park's history include the following:

      "The Nickel Tour," by Mumford and Gordon;

      "Designing Disney's Theme Parks - The Architecture of Reassurance," edited by Karal Ann marling;

      "Disneyland Inside Story" by Randy Bright. These are heavy on pictures as well. For a straight-out history book, massively footnoted and extensively researched but with fewer photos, "The Disneyland Story" by Sam Gennawey can't be beat. And finally,

      The hardbound souvenir books sold by Disneyland over the years, up through the 45th anniversary one. I find "Disneyland - The First Quarter Century" to be particularly good.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Right Down Broadway View Post
        I have nearly 50 books on Disneyland history, and can offer some choices:

        While not a "book," if you can get copies of "the E Ticket" magazine/fanzine, that would be one of your best sources. I believe that you can get them on CD from the Walt Disney Family Museum.

        Other than that, the best books on the Park's history include the following:

        "The Nickel Tour," by Mumford and Gordon;

        "Designing Disney's Theme Parks - The Architecture of Reassurance," edited by Karal Ann marling;

        "Disneyland Inside Story" by Randy Bright. These are heavy on pictures as well. For a straight-out history book, massively footnoted and extensively researched but with fewer photos, "The Disneyland Story" by Sam Gennawey can't be beat. And finally,

        The hardbound souvenir books sold by Disneyland over the years, up through the 45th anniversary one. I find "Disneyland - The First Quarter Century" to be particularly good.
        I'm in the same boat and agree with your recommendations (and own them). Additionally, I would recommend the Disneyland Hotel books by Donald Ballard as well. Additionally, I have every one of the Van Eaton Gallery catalogs for Disney/Disneyland auctions. They are a TREASURE TROVE of information.
        Matt's 40th Birthday Disneyland Trip. Club 33, Napa Rose, and Adventureland Suite!!! ~~|~~ Katherine's 11th Birthday Dapper Day trip with Club 33 ~~|~~ Matt's Review of the Art of the Craft Tour at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel ~~|~~ My Spring, 2017 Dapper Day Trip Report ~~|~~ My Fall, 2016 Dapper Day and Club33 Trip Report ~~|~~ My Summer, 2016 Walt's LA tour with Bob Gurr and Marty Skylar ~~|~~ My Summer, 2016 Family Firsts Trip Report ~~|~~ Matt's September, 2015 Solo after the Safari Sunrise Trip Report ~~|~~ World Famous Jungle Cruise Safari Sunrise Premium Experience Trip Report ~~|~~ My February, 2015 Dapper Day Trip Report ~~|~~ My October, 2014 Family Vacation with Mickey's Halloween Party ~~|~~ My September, 2014 Dapper Day Trip Report ~~|~~ My August, 2014 Solo Trip Report - 1901/C33 Jazz Club ~~|~~ My June, 2014 Solo Trip Report ~~|~~ My February, 2014 Dapper Day Trip Report ~~|~~ My Epic May, 2013 Trip Report ~~|~~ My October, 2011 Trip Report ~~|~~ My October, 2010 Trip Report

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        • #5
          Originally posted by whoever View Post
          Additionally, I have every one of the Van Eaton Gallery catalogs for Disney/Disneyland auctions. They are a TREASURE TROVE of information.
          Agreed. While not history books per se, they look into the details of that history pretty comprehensively.

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          • #6
            I am always reading about Disneyland history...and presently one of the books is stunningly good! My library full of materials has not covered as much detail about building the park than...’Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park by Todd James Pierce.‘
            I am in awe of Walt Disney’s perseverance all the more. Hardly an economic motivation...’dreams don’t offer much collateral’...it cost him greatly to get there. (Quit his own company, fractured his families, hocked everything possible including the Studio’s films, got into business with some dirty dealers...lost the land several times, screwed over by various unions during construction, the outright failures of opening day, etc.) No wonder they didn’t have time or money for brass plaques over the entrance tunnels yet.
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            "Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money."
            - - Walt Disney

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            • #7

              Mouse Tales by David Keoing is my favorite book of all time!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DeadKenobi View Post
                Mouse Tales by David Keoing is my favorite book of all time!
                Going to Echo this

                Mouse Tales and its second book are solid reads with some really great stories

                I also got this book for Christmas and its really great if you love the HM
                https://www.amazon.com/Haunted-Mansi...6FK2RND794AAZN
                Happy Halloween!!!

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                • #9
                  Disneyland Hotel history http://www.magicalhotel.com
                  sigpicwww.magicalhotel.com

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by oldhotelguy View Post
                    Disneyland Hotel history http://www.magicalhotel.com
                    Don, many thanks for posting on Youtube the rare film you discovered, "1961-62 Vintage Disneyland Hotel: 'A Special Place'" -- a promotional film for the construction of the Hotel's first tower.

                    Eagleman, who is as much a fan of the old Monorail Bar as I am, will especially like the scene at 11:16 -- and the photo at 7:12 in your video compilation, "Vintage 1956, 1961 Disneyland Hotel Clips & Still Images."



                    Last edited by Mr Wiggins; 07-21-2018, 05:10 PM.
                    "Disneyland is often called a magic kingdom because
                    it combines fantasy and history, adventure and learning,
                    together with every variety of recreation and fun,
                    designed to appeal to everyone."

                    - Walt Disney

                    "Disneyland is all about turning movies into rides."
                    - Michael Eisner

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post

                      Don, many thanks for posting on Youtube the rare film you discovered, "1961-62 Vintage Disneyland Hotel: 'A Special Place'" -- a promotional film for the construction of the Hotel's first tower.

                      Eagleman, who is as much a fan of the old Monorail Bar as I am, will especially like the scene at 11:16 -- and the Monorail Bar photo at 7:12 in your video compilation, "Vintage 1956, 1961 Disneyland Hotel Clips & Still Images."
                      Thanks - Mr Wiggins
                      YES...man I miss the old Monorail Bar !
                      In the old days .....that place to go ......and get away from the park........and watch the Monorail speed from
                      old parking lot into the Hotel Station ,specially at night !
                      Old Disneyland Hotel sure was a : 'A Special get to way - Place'.....by it self .

                      Soaring like an EAGLE !

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                      • #13
                        Three Years In Wonderland- Todd James Pierce. A wonderful account of Disneyland's creation, meticulously researched and very well written. Probably the most complete (and accurate) account of Disneyland's creation on the market- many stories I hadn't heard, and many urban legends of that period are laid to rest.

                        Secret Stories of Disneyland and More Secret Stories of Disneyland- Jim Korkis. Excellent books consisting of 1-2 page bits of Disneyland facts and history. Fun, easy reads.

                        The Myth and the Mouse- Dorene Koehler. Views Disneyland through the lense of a place of ritual. Written by a Ph.D in mythological studies, it discusses Disneyland in a more serious sense- analyzing it as a place of mythology, ritual, and meaning. Excellent read and changes how you view the park.

                        Cleaning the Kingdom- Ken Pellman and Lynn Barron. Lengthy (could have probably been a little bit shorter) accounts of two custodial cast members who worked in the 90s-early 2000s. Many cost saving measures of the time are discussed, as well as what the culture and environment was like. Genuinely written by two excellent members of the Disneyland fan community, there's lots of great insight.

                        The Unauthorized History of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion- Jeff Baham. Excellent account of the Mansion's creation.

                        It's Kind of a Cute Story- Rolly Crump (as told to Jeff Heimbuch). Not necessarily Disneyland specific- but lots of excellent stories of Disneyland's early years as told by former Imagineer and Disney Legend Rolly Crump.

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                        • #14
                          Thanks ajburk97. I'm going to pick some of those up!

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by whoever View Post

                            When are the next books coming out? I have all your printed books. Would love the ones which are e-books only to be published in print.
                            I have finished the text on my new book covering the 1960's and am now working on the pictures and captions. This decade was so dynamic in the Hotel's history and this book will probably be double the size of my previous editions and triple the amount of photographs. I should have a cover photo for the new book very soon and will share here.


                            Disneyland Hotel history: http://www.magicalhotel.com


                            sigpicwww.magicalhotel.com

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                            • #16
                              Originally posted by oldhotelguy View Post

                              I hLooking forward to that, Don!!ave finished the text on my new book covering the 1960's and am now working on the pictures and captions. This decade was so dynamic in the Hotel's history and this book will probably be double the size of my previous editions and triple the amount of photographs. I should have a cover photo for the new book very soon and will share here.


                              Disneyland Hotel history: http://www.magicalhotel.com

                              Looking forward to it, Don!!

                              Has anyone purchased

                              -Walt Disney's Disneyland, by Chris Nicholas or
                              - Capturing the Magic: A Photographic Celebration of the Disneyland Resort, by Holly Wiencek?

                              Those are on my early Christmas list.

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                              • #17
                                Originally posted by waltopia View Post
                                I am always reading about Disneyland history...and presently one of the books is stunningly good! My library full of materials has not covered as much detail about building the park than...’Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park by Todd James Pierce.‘
                                I am in awe of Walt Disney’s perseverance all the more. Hardly an economic motivation...’dreams don’t offer much collateral’...it cost him greatly to get there. (Quit his own company, fractured his families, hocked everything possible including the Studio’s films, got into business with some dirty dealers...lost the land several times, screwed over by various unions during construction, the outright failures of opening day, etc.) No wonder they didn’t have time or money for brass plaques over the entrance tunnels yet.
                                I am reading this book now and concur completely. This may be the best book ever written about the construction and opening day(s) of Disneyland.

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                                • #18
                                  I've read great things about Chris Nichols' book, Walt Disney's Disneyland, as well. I hear it is almost predominantly focused on the park in its pre-cash grab days of old. So it sounds like the kind of book that would appeal to those of us purists who love the philosophy that embodies the park's founding and the vision of its creator. Not the nouveaux concept of all money, all the time, with as little thought and imagination as possible.

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                                  • #19
                                    Yes, the new Taschen edition by Chris Nichols is spectacularly well done and absolutely beautiful; but I’m now reading a new book which is perhaps the ultimate description of Disneyland origins that has ever been written...really breaking down the detail on who did what, when, and where to truly create the place.

                                    Inventing Disneyland: The Unauthorized Story of the Team That Made Walt Disney’s Dream Come True.


                                    by Alastair Dallas (Author) Dec. 2018

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                                    "Disneyland is a work of love. We didn't go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money."
                                    - - Walt Disney

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                                    • #20
                                      The Amazon reviews for "Inventing Disneyland" were less-than-stellar...Admittedly there were only four.

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