Okay, so this book isn’t all about Walt Disney World. You’ll get everything from Disneyland, to Walt Disney World, to Hong Kong Disneyland, and everything in between. But there aren’t many books that are better at taking you behind the scenes of your favorite parks and attractions than this one.
This is actually an updated edition of the similarly titled Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real, which was released in 1998 and featured a forward by Michael Eisner. So if you want the updated 2010 edition, look for the cover above and forwards by Bob Iger and Jay Rasulo, an introduction from Marty Sklar, and the afterword by John Lasseter.
I absolutely love this book – both of them, actually. Not only are you getting behind the scenes stories from the Imagineers about their experiences creating what we love about the Disney Parks, you will read about the inspiration that went into that as well. It gives you a whole new appreciation about what you’re seeing, hearing, and touching. If the stories alone were what made up this book, I’d still wholeheartedly recommend it.
The pictures and illustrations are stunning as well. There are hundreds of beautiful shots of the icons and attractions we love. But there’s also pictures of those as they’re being built. You’ll get some amazing concept art, giving you a first hand look at what Imagineers were thinking when they were in their blue sky phases.
This is one of those books on my bookshelf that I’m immensely proud of. I think once you pick it up, you’ll see why. If you’re interested in checking it out, here are a few places to look for it:
Prices here are pretty comparable to each other, so go with the one that works best. It’s always worth a shot to check out eBay as well. You might get lucky on an auction. Oh, and if you don’t feel like shelling out $40+ right now, remember there’s these things called libraries that let you read books – most of the time for free. But I suspect this is one you’ll want to own.
Do you already have this book, or perhaps the original edition? Let me know what you think of it!