If you are following me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve bought a few Disney books lately, and I realized I have a bit of a collection forming! I thought I would share the books I have, if I have read them, and what I think (for the few I have read). Let’s dive right in!
I should probably start by saying that I am very interested in the history of the Walt Disney Company, and the theme parks, which is part of why I have so many books. While I may have a weakness for Disney merchandise, I don’t just go out and buy book because they have Mickey on them. All of the books I own cover topics I enjoy learning more about. Let’s call that the disclaimer for this post, haha!
Poster Art of the Disney Parks
As I was gathering all of my books, I actually forgot I had this one. I love walking under the train station as you enter Magic Kingdom, and I love looking at the attraction posters they have in the tunnel. Ethan knows how much I love them so he actually got me some posters of them for Christmas! (You can see some pictures here). This book has so many beautiful pictures of these posters, and I love looking through it.
Walt Disney Imagineering
I believe is the most expensive Disney book I own, but it’s gorgeous and worth every penny. It goes into so much detail as to how everything was created, from the parks to the attractions in the parks. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve quickly glanced through it and can’t wait to read it.
The Disney Book
I just bought The Disney Book and can’t wait to read it. It goes through the history of the company and has sections dedicated to all of the Disney films. It covers just about everything Disney, which I like as well. While it is nice to have some books that cover specific areas, it’s also nice to have one that encompasses everything. I was actually watching a Disney Vlog by Ellie Steadman and at the end it showed a clip of another video, and she said that every Disney fan needs this book, so I got it!
Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center
A while ago I went on a little Amazon kick and bought a bunch of second hand books for really cheap. (You can probably tell which ones by the conditions in the picture at the top of this post). I find the history of Walt Disney World fascinating, and especially the version of Walt Disney World I saw when I was little and don’t remember. This book goes into detail as to what EPCOT Center was, and a lot of the attractions that unfortunately no longer exist.
Around the World with Disney
While I may not get a chance to visit all of the Disney Parks around the world, I thought this book would be interesting to get a little insight to some of the other parks. I did read this one, and really enjoyed it! It compares some rides that have different versions throughout the different parks, which I find pretty cool. For instance, each Disney park around the world have a version of “The Haunted Mansion”, and they have different names. Each attraction is also located in a different land in each park. You can find it in Liberty Square in Walt Disney World, and New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Neat huh?
The Making of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark
This is the only fictitious Disney book I own, and I saw it and bought it because I was interested how it incorporated the Disney Parks. The storyline seems a little far fetched, but I used a gift card for it, so if I don’t like it I didn’t lose anything.
The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic
One of my favourite Disney attractions is The Haunted Mansion, so of course I have a book all about it! If you missed the posts where I count down my 10 favourite attractions, make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2!
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World
I have three copies of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. I actually read part of one in a rental house on my trip in 2012. I own the versions from 2013, 2015 and 2016. I bought the 2013 one because I wanted to try their strategy in the parks (my strategy is adapted from theirs), then bought the 2015 one to get familiar with the new FastPass+ system. I’m the type of person who likes to be very informed, so I guess I bought the 2016 one so I can know of any changes. No you do not need three copies, because they change very little throughout the years. I guess I’m just that obsessed! I think reading the 2016 version will get me through the days until my next trip! I would definitely recommend these books because they go into an incredible amount of detail and cover absolutely everything.
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
This is the only Walt Disney book I own, and I haven’t read very much of it. Ethan read it about a year ago, and proceeds to tell me that he knows more about Disney than I do (seriously?!). But I really do need to read this one, because Walt was an amazing man, and I’d love to know more about his life. One warning though, it’s hug! It also goes into a lot of detail of his earlier life, and doesn’t focus much on the creation of the parks.
Everything I Need to Know Learned From a Disney Little Golden Book
I’ve seen this book on Instagram and YouTube, so I thought I should get it! I’m sure some of you remember the Little Golden Books from when you were a kid! This book goes over all of the lessons we were taught in them, with the help of some Disney characters! I loved those books, and thought this was such a cute idea.
As you can see I definitely have some books to keep me busy! Do you have any Disney books? Let me know in the comments! I am also open to any recommendations! Also let me know if once I do get around to reading these books if you’d be interested in book reviews.
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