Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Disney Books Wish List...

I like to collect books on Disney, and I have a pretty fair collection started. Certainly it isn't as good as many Disney bloggers have, but it's a good start.

On Amazon they let you add books to a "Wish List", and I find that a lot of the books I add to it are either about Disney or on Disney- or theme park-related subjects. I thought I'd post a list of some of the books I'd like to get in the future.

  • Disney: The First 100 Years by Dave Smith (official Disney historian)

  • Disney Parks: The Secrets, Stories and Magic Behind the Scenes (Six Pack DVD) - (this one is probably next on my hit list)

  • Project Future: The Inside Story Behind The Creation of Disney World by Chad Denver Emerson

  • The Art Of Disneyland by Jeff Kurtti (not available on Amazon currently)

  • The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney's Hollywood Studios by Alex Wright (not available quite yet)

  • Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance by Karal Ann Marling (Editor)(Amazon doesn't have this one either)

  • Since The World Began: Walt Disney World: The First 25 Years by Jeff Kurtti (another not available on Amazon)

  • Vinyl Leaves: Walt Disney World and America (Institutional Structures of Feeling) by Stephen M. Fjellman (Too pricy for me right now)

  • Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears Look at Disneyland by David Koenig

  • Work In Progress: Risking Failure, Surviving Success by Michael Eisner

  • The Mouse Machine: Disney and Technology by J.P. Telotte (I don't know if I need to own this or if it's just a good one to get from the library sometime, if I can find it)

  • Inside The Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney's Success by Thomas K. Connellan


  • And a few that are more about theme parks in general:

  • A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Sara Ishikawa et al.

  • The American Roller Coaster by Scott Rutherford

  • A Program About Unusual Buildings and Other Roadside Stuff - DVD by Rick Sebak

  • Great Old Amusement Parks - DVD by Rick Sebak

  • American Amusement Parks by Dale Samuelson


  • Severa of these books I will likely never buy, but it's nice to have the titles in a place for easy reference. I believe that when the Field Guide to Hollywood Studios comes out I'll order it along with that six pack of DVDs and the Emerson book.

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    2 comments:

    George Taylor said...

    Great list!

    Since so many awesome books (like Dave Smith's and Kurtti's Since the World Began) are out-of-print, I always recommend you buy the books when they are released. Otherwise, it can get very expensive!

    Scott said...

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