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Favorite non-fiction books about the Disney parks?

Discussion in 'Disney Movies, Books, TV and Music' started by Babbletrish, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Babbletrish

    Babbletrish Mouseketeer

    Book for the Disney World geek! I'm hoping to find some I am currently unaware of, since the history of the Disney parks is so fascinating.

    My list of favorites begins and ends with the Unofficial Guide, but the Guide editors also wrote a history of Disney World that is, sadly, a little hard to find now. Interesting read though, it details some of the strange things that happened during the Eisner era.
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  3. santadog

    santadog Mouseketeer

    I just got a kindle, and downloaded "Mousejunkies!: Tips, Tales, and Tricks for a Disney World Fix: All You Need to Know for a Perfect Vacation"

    It's a pretty entertaining read
  4. Passporter's Walt Disney World and the Unofficial Guide are my faves.
  5. lamb616

    lamb616 Mouseketeer

    I recently read The Keys to the Kingdom: How Michael Eisner lost his Grip and just got Disney War out of the library. Can't wait to start reading it. Interesting stuff!
  6. teekathepony

    teekathepony Mouseketeer

    Definitely the Unofficial Guide for me.
  7. SimonCharles

    SimonCharles Earning My Ears

    Yeah, I'd have to agree. I love all of the extra information the unnoficial guide has.
  8. mike7184

    mike7184 Earning My Ears

    Alice In Wonderland
  9. mousterpiece

    mousterpiece Member

    I'm a fan of David Koenig's books. They're definitely more historical, going all the way back to the development of Disneyland in the early 1950s, but if you're interested in reading about how the parks have operated in the past, and how they've transformed into what they are now, I'd recommend looking into his works.
  10. gcferg

    gcferg Member

    Just read in the last couple of months three books that I enjoyed.

    1. Four Decades of Magic: Celebrating the First Forty Years of Disney World by Chad Emerson - This book is a series of short essays on disney world from the monorails, to rides, to resorts that never came to be. Very interesting for the Disney Fan.

    2. The Vault of Walt by Jim Korkis - More focused on Walt Disney himself with some very interesting stories with personal interviews from Disney employees who worked with Walt.

    3.Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World by Chad Emerson - A quick and easy read about how Walt secured the land for Disney World.

    If you want ride specific books try the ones by Jason Surrell. He has books on the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. Two of my favorite rides. These cover the history of the rides and the transition of the rides to movies.
  11. dkoerner27

    dkoerner27 Earning My Ears

    My current favorite is "the hidden magic of walt Disney world."
  12. figment_jii

    figment_jii DIS Veteran

    I like the Imagineering Guides to Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios. I also like the Complete Walt Disney World (mostly for the pictures).
  13. gillcrist32

    gillcrist32 Earning My Ears

    Frankly i say i don't like to reading books.

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