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  • brianbement85
    started a topic Disneyland Books

    Disneyland Books

    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!

  • DarthBrett78
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    I have a lot of DL and WDW books in my collection, but missed out on the Nickel Tour book. Crazy that it goes for $200+ now on places like eBay. I need to pick a copy up at some point!

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  • Right Down Broadway
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    Originally posted by DeadKenobi View Post
    Mouse Tales by David Keoing is my favorite book of all time!
    Looks like David has an awesome-looking coffee-table book coming out about the folks that created Disneyland in 1955!

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...led-disneyland

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  • CASurfer65
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    I just picked up the Nichols book. It's really good. As a total purist and a fan of everything Walt and those who worked by his side, it provides some great photos. Some pictures I have never seen before. The best thing is very little is mentioned about Star Wars Land. It's pushed to the very end with only a couple of pages. Even Indiana Jones and Star Tours get very little air play. It's predominantly vintage. Which is great.

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  • waltopia
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    Mmm, hadn’t noticed that silly troll-talk / “reviews”.

    Mind you I am still reading it, but what I did notice, is that ‘Inventing Disneyland’ backs up all the various sources of info from my vast library of books, magazines and articles from a lifetime of research, with exact dates, names and places that round out previously vague stories...like just when and why Walt gave up his beloved Carolwood Pacific Railroad. And why all these art directors from 20thFox were available to work for Walt.

    It takes several recent books just to glean the importance of, and reasons for, the Zorro TV series; the secret commercials created on the Disney lot; the hidden history of his various nieces and the significance of their marriages; how it all relates to Hollywood glamour photography of the 1920s, ETC.

    My own interviews all contain an element I call ‘myth-making’, a human tendency to tell the stories the way you want them remembered. To claim otherwise is the misnomer. I enjoy the ongoing research.

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  • Right Down Broadway
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    The Amazon reviews for "Inventing Disneyland" were less-than-stellar...Admittedly there were only four.

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  • waltopia
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    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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  • CASurfer65
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    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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  • Right Down Broadway
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    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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  • HiddenMickey87
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    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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  • oldhotelguy
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    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


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  • Right Down Broadway
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    Thanks ajburk97. I'm going to pick some of those up!

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  • ajburk97
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    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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  • Eagleman
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    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 .

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  • Mr Wiggins
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    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.

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  • whoever
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    Originally posted by oldhotelguy View Post
    Disneyland Hotel history http://www.magicalhotel.com
    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.

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

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  • JerrodDRagon
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    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

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

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  • waltopia
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    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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