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  • Can anyone recommend a book?

    I am wanting to read a book on the history/story behind WDW and/or Walt himself. Any recommendations?





    It's kind of fun to do the impossible- Walt Disney

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    Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

    http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/2860000/2867676.gif by Bob Thomas

    http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/2860000/2866462.gif

    http://images.barnesandnoble.com/images/11450000/11450047.gif

    Inside the Dream-The Personal Story of WD by Katherine and Richard Greene (Maybe out of print but can get used copies on BN.com)

    Since the World Began by Jeff Kurtti (Again, might be out of print.)

    I own all of these. The Neal Gabler one is good, but very long. I liked the Bob Thomas bio better. Since the World Began is a great book about WDW. Good luck finding it though. Inside the Dream has great pictures.

    If I think of anymore, I'll let you know, but I'm sure other MiceChatters will have some great books to recommend.
    Last edited by NeverNeverland; 07-29-2007, 09:20 PM. Reason: Hotlinked pictures Removed. Hotlinking is not allowed.


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    • #3
      Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

      Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance (Hardcover)
      by Karal Ann Marling

      http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Disn...5544183&sr=1-1

      Very nice book with lots of concept art. A bit academic, but very readable and enjoyable. I have seen here speak about WDW and she is just wonderful.

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      • #4
        Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

        I can recommend "BUILDING A COMPANY: ROY O. DISNEY AND THE CREATION OF AN ENTERTAINMENT EMPIRE"

        It's not about Walt per se, but it's a fascinating different view on Disney and how WDW was created.

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        Last edited by NeverNeverland; 07-29-2007, 09:20 PM. Reason: Hotlinked Picture Removed

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        • #5
          Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

          http://www.miceage.com/kevinyee/ky090204a.htm

          Actually, my collection is over 220 now. Hm. I need to update that page.

          You asked about WDW. The company's books are not bad (anything by Kurtti), but I also like Koenig's new Realityland book (which won't hit bookstores until later this year), because Koenig does a great job of showing the non-company-line.
          Kevin Yee
          MiceAge Columnist

          I am the author of several Disney books:
          Jason's Disneyland Almanac - a daily history of Disneyland
          Walt Disney World Hidden History - tributes, homages, and ride remnants at WDW
          Your Day at the Magic Kingdom
          Mouse Trap
          Tokyo Disney Made Easy
          101 Things You Never Knew About Disneyland
          Magic Quizdom (The Disneyland Trivia Book)

          “The press [should be] a watchdog. Not an attack dog. Not a lapdog. A watchdog. Now, a watchdog can't be right all the time. He doesn't bark only when he sees or smells something that's dangerous. A good watchdog barks at things that are suspicious.” – Dan Rather

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          • #6
            Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

            Originally posted by tayakaleb View Post
            I am wanting to read a book on the history/story behind WDW and/or Walt himself. Any recommendations?
            There is a book called the imagineering firld guide to MK/EPCOT/MGM/DAK. They're four seperate books, but they each have alot of info and tell all about each attraction and the story behind it/ how the FX work.
            ADD ME.[:


            WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM MICECHAT...
            1. IF YOU APPRECIATE SOMETHING THAT ISN'T THE MAJORITY OPINION, YOU'RE NOT WANTED HERE.
            2. IF THERE'S CHIPPED PAINT IN THE QUEUE FOR A LINE, EXPECT SOMEONE TO WRITE OUT A BIG STORY BASHING IT. WOOHOO.
            3. IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 24, YOU'RE AN 'EISNER BRAT.'
            4. PEOPLE WHO ARE DEEMED AS 'MODERATORS' AND OTHER ADMINISTRATION ARE MORE IMPORTANT DIETIES THAN JESUS CHRIST.
            5. YOU CAN EXCPECT TO BE BADLY REPPED IF YOU TRY AND MAKE A SERIOUS POINT.
            6. YOU ARENT TAKEN SERIOUS IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 16.
            7. AS AN ADD-ON TO #6, YOU SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SUBORDINATEIF YOU ARE IN A THEME PARK WAITING 30 MINUTES IN LINE FOR A DRINK WHILE SOMEONE HAS TO RECOUNT PIZZAS.
            8. "Disney may not care to hear your comments, but we do." WTFFF??? THIS ISN'T A DISNEY FAN FORUM, IT'S A DISNETY BASHING SITE.
            9. CERTAIN PEOPLE OVER ANALYZE A SIMPLE THREAD AND CONSIDER IT TO BE A CONTRACT FULL OF LOOPHOLES THAT HE/SHE CAN GET AROUND.
            AND FINALLY...
            10. PROLONGED USE OF THIS SITE CAN CAUSE AN EXTREME HATE OF DISNEY AND ALL DISNEY RELATED THINGS.

            M-U-H Muhfukka.
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            • #7
              Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

              Actually, there is no Studios field Guide yet, just DAK, MK, and EPCOT. Rumor is next one is Disneyland.

              And I agree with Since the World Began, but I am also looking forward to Realityland in October too!
              It's a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah...Tip for Today!









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              • #8
                Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

                The Neil Gabler book is very good and of course the Field Guides are always a fun read.
                “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” - Walt Disney

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                • #9
                  Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

                  Originally posted by KevinYee View Post
                  Actually, my collection is over 220 now. Hm. I need to update that page.
                  You must have an awesome library Kevin!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

                    ok, i went and got The Magic Kingdom by Steven Watts and The Man behind the Magic by Katherine and Richard Greene. We shall see if these are any good! thanks for all the suggestions!!





                    It's kind of fun to do the impossible- Walt Disney

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                    • #11
                      Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

                      Originally posted by yoyoflamingo View Post
                      Actually, there is no Studios field Guide yet, just DAK, MK, and EPCOT. Rumor is next one is Disneyland.

                      And I agree with Since the World Began, but I am also looking forward to Realityland in October too!
                      oh. well i had only seen MK EPCOT and DAK so i thought there was an MGM book. :whistling
                      ADD ME.[:


                      WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM MICECHAT...
                      1. IF YOU APPRECIATE SOMETHING THAT ISN'T THE MAJORITY OPINION, YOU'RE NOT WANTED HERE.
                      2. IF THERE'S CHIPPED PAINT IN THE QUEUE FOR A LINE, EXPECT SOMEONE TO WRITE OUT A BIG STORY BASHING IT. WOOHOO.
                      3. IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 24, YOU'RE AN 'EISNER BRAT.'
                      4. PEOPLE WHO ARE DEEMED AS 'MODERATORS' AND OTHER ADMINISTRATION ARE MORE IMPORTANT DIETIES THAN JESUS CHRIST.
                      5. YOU CAN EXCPECT TO BE BADLY REPPED IF YOU TRY AND MAKE A SERIOUS POINT.
                      6. YOU ARENT TAKEN SERIOUS IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 16.
                      7. AS AN ADD-ON TO #6, YOU SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SUBORDINATEIF YOU ARE IN A THEME PARK WAITING 30 MINUTES IN LINE FOR A DRINK WHILE SOMEONE HAS TO RECOUNT PIZZAS.
                      8. "Disney may not care to hear your comments, but we do." WTFFF??? THIS ISN'T A DISNEY FAN FORUM, IT'S A DISNETY BASHING SITE.
                      9. CERTAIN PEOPLE OVER ANALYZE A SIMPLE THREAD AND CONSIDER IT TO BE A CONTRACT FULL OF LOOPHOLES THAT HE/SHE CAN GET AROUND.
                      AND FINALLY...
                      10. PROLONGED USE OF THIS SITE CAN CAUSE AN EXTREME HATE OF DISNEY AND ALL DISNEY RELATED THINGS.

                      M-U-H Muhfukka.
                      [:

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                      • #12
                        Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

                        Originally posted by evanescence4ever View Post
                        oh. well i had only seen MK EPCOT and DAK so i thought there was an MGM book. :whistling
                        My guess is that they are waiting for the Pixar things to happen, but it's just a guess.
                        It's a Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah...Tip for Today!









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                        • #13
                          Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

                          i have been trying to get the roy disney book for ages but everywhere i look it's out of print. what's the buz on this realityland book? if it's like the gabler book, it will be a great read.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

                            Been reading a lot of Disney related books lately. I can say....
                            STAY AWAY from a book titled "What would Walt Do?"

                            BLAH!!

                            I next want to read:
                            Walt Disney and the Quest for Community (Design & the Built Environment)
                            by Steve Mannheim

                            if can get my hands on a cheaper copy!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Can anyone recommend a book?

                              Originally posted by yoyoflamingo View Post
                              My guess is that they are waiting for the Pixar things to happen, but it's just a guess.
                              thats actually a pretty good reason to hold offf on the book
                              ADD ME.[:


                              WHAT I'VE LEARNED FROM MICECHAT...
                              1. IF YOU APPRECIATE SOMETHING THAT ISN'T THE MAJORITY OPINION, YOU'RE NOT WANTED HERE.
                              2. IF THERE'S CHIPPED PAINT IN THE QUEUE FOR A LINE, EXPECT SOMEONE TO WRITE OUT A BIG STORY BASHING IT. WOOHOO.
                              3. IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 24, YOU'RE AN 'EISNER BRAT.'
                              4. PEOPLE WHO ARE DEEMED AS 'MODERATORS' AND OTHER ADMINISTRATION ARE MORE IMPORTANT DIETIES THAN JESUS CHRIST.
                              5. YOU CAN EXCPECT TO BE BADLY REPPED IF YOU TRY AND MAKE A SERIOUS POINT.
                              6. YOU ARENT TAKEN SERIOUS IF YOU'RE UNDER THE AGE OF 16.
                              7. AS AN ADD-ON TO #6, YOU SHOULD BE TREATED AS A SUBORDINATEIF YOU ARE IN A THEME PARK WAITING 30 MINUTES IN LINE FOR A DRINK WHILE SOMEONE HAS TO RECOUNT PIZZAS.
                              8. "Disney may not care to hear your comments, but we do." WTFFF??? THIS ISN'T A DISNEY FAN FORUM, IT'S A DISNETY BASHING SITE.
                              9. CERTAIN PEOPLE OVER ANALYZE A SIMPLE THREAD AND CONSIDER IT TO BE A CONTRACT FULL OF LOOPHOLES THAT HE/SHE CAN GET AROUND.
                              AND FINALLY...
                              10. PROLONGED USE OF THIS SITE CAN CAUSE AN EXTREME HATE OF DISNEY AND ALL DISNEY RELATED THINGS.

                              M-U-H Muhfukka.
                              [:

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