Favorite Disney Books

Discussion in 'Disney Movies, Books, TV and Music' started by kreedham, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. kreedham

    kreedham Mouseketeer

    Jan 24, 2005
    My wife has started collecting various Disney books (guidebooks, biographical, etc) We have the old and new Imagineering books which are cool. What's your favorite Disney themed book?
  2. killerseams

    killerseams Earning My Ears

    Mar 20, 2012
    Favourite Disney books :-
    - Big Bad Wolf
    - Izzy
    - Argus McSwine
    - Blackheart Beagle
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  4. LuvClarice

    LuvClarice Mouseketeer

    Mar 4, 2001
    I've been collecting Disney books for years and it's hard to pick a favorite type. I like Disney trivia and learning about the company during Walt's life, so I like the Dave Smith A-Z book. I have the original and 2 updates and they look like library books, they've been read so much. :goodvibes There are many good Disney biographies. I particularly like "Building A Company" by Bob Thomas. It's a look at the building of the Disney empire with regards to Roy's role rather than Walt's.

    I love the "insider" tales of the early years like Backstage Adventures with Walt Disney by Charles Shows and Walt Disney and other Assorted Characters by Jack Kinney. A couple good newer books of this genre are Spinning Disney's World by Ridgeway and In Service to the Mouse by Linquist. Not sure of the spelling on either of those. I can check it and send you a PM if you're interested. One of my most prized is Window on Main Street by Van Arsdale France. My holy grail that I'm still hoping to get is Justice for Disney by Bill Justice.

    I also love the big beautiful coffee table books. I guess it's really hard to pick favorites when you love them all. The "Art of" series from the animated films, the sketchbook series, Herb Ryman's "A Brush with Disney", Disneyland by Randy Bright, Inside the Dream, The Disney Studio Story, Nine Old Men, Treasures of Disney Animation Art, Encyclopedia of Animated Characters, Before the Animation Begins, Since the World Began....

    Anyway there are a couple of really good websites with extensive listings of books. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to put links here, but if you PM me, I'll send them to you.

  5. Daisy14'sDH

    Daisy14'sDH DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2006
    My newest favourite is The Darkside of Disney! I've got a few books in my collection and am always looking for more. After that I gotta put Disney Mountains, and Haunted Mansion in there.... heres a pic I took a few months ago...

  6. Babbletrish

    Babbletrish DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2011
    Hmmph. I was just about to mention DisneyWar, Since the World Began, and Art of Animation but you kind of beat me.

    Ah, but I can mention The Unofficial Guide!
  7. leeshiebean

    leeshiebean Mouseketeer

    Aug 4, 2009
    Can someone give a quick comparison between the two Imagineering books, 1996 vs 2010?

    I know they're both different, but I can't decide which one to get right now. I've heard the first one focuses more on early Disney years, and the 2010 book is more current-future. Is that true? Just trying to figure out which I want now and which can wait til Christmas/later.
  8. suzimar57

    suzimar57 Miss my Happy Place.

    May 7, 2000
    Snodgrass Vacation
    Waking Walt
    More Mousetales
    Celebration USA
    Walt Disney (Neal Gabler)
    Four Decades of Magic
    Inside the Mouse
    Disneyland: Inside Story
    Team Rodent
    Around the World With Disney
    One Day at Disney
    Inside the Dream: The Personal Story of Walt Disney
    Queens in the Kingdom
    The Imagineers: Walt Disney Imagineering
    Mousetrap: Memoirs of a Disneyland Cast Member
    Designing Disney's Theme Parks
    CastMember Confidential: A Disneyland Memoir
    Disney: The First 100 Years
    The Celebration Chronicles
    Remembering Walt: Favorite Memories of Walt Disney
    Celebration: The Story of a Town
    Big Book of Disney
  9. jameswhite1

    jameswhite1 Earning My Ears

    Jan 17, 2013
    Big Bad Wolf and Izzy.
  10. PrincessBri12

    PrincessBri12 Spider-Man and Little Mermaid Aficionado

    Jan 27, 2013
    I used to read the Disney Golden Books and the read-along stories when I was little. ^^ I still have my Tarzan one~ Today, I like the newer Marvel comics, the 'Kingdom Hearts' manga (Japanese comic) and a very, VERY obscure manga called 'Kilala Princess.'
  11. croach

    croach DIS Veteran

    Jun 5, 2002
    Lot of great books already listed so I will just add "The Pixar Touch" which is a nice history of the Pixar history. Also already listed but I loved the Neal Gabler Walt biography.
  12. kellymonaghan

    kellymonaghan <a href="http://www.wdwinfo.com/dis-sponsor/index.

    Apr 25, 2000
    Podcaster Aaron Wallace is bringing out a new book that could become a classic.

    It's called "The Thinking Fan's Guide To Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom" and is the first of a projected series. It treats the theme park as if it is a work of art (which I guess it is) and analyzes the historical and literary inspirations behind all the attractions.

    He's offering a free downloadable excerpt at:

  13. OhioStateBuckeye

    OhioStateBuckeye DIS Veteran

    Sep 7, 2007
    I see a lot of books listed here but am not really sure what the subject matter is.

    I am really interested in books which talk about the parks, specifically about designing/building rides.

    Can anyone recommend any like this?
  14. WreckItRalph

    WreckItRalph I'm Gonna Wreck It!

    Mar 13, 2013
    I too would like something similar, a guidebook on the history of the parks would be brilliant.

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