The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream by Sam GennaweyThe Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream by Sam Gennawey

The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream

bySam GennaweyForeword byJeff Kurtti

Paperback | December 6, 2013

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This is an engaging story that begins with the birth of the park, winds its way through the fits and starts of its adolescent years, and ends as Disneyland works its way to middle age. The book takes you through the journey as if you were there.From the publisher ofThe Unofficial Guide to Disneyland comesThe Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream, the story of how Walt Disney's greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors. Despite his successors' battles with the whims of history and their own doubts and egos, Walt's vision maintained momentum, thrived, and taught future generations how to do it Walt Disney's way. From the publisher ofThe Unofficial Guide to Disneyland comesThe Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream, the story of how Walt Disney's greatest creation was conceived, nurtured, and how it grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors. Despite his successors' battles with the whims of history and their own doubts and egos, Walt's vision maintained momentum, thrived, and taught future generations how to do it Walt Disney's way.
Sam Gennawey is the author ofWalt and the Promise of Progress City, a contributor toPlanning Los Angeles and other books, as well as a columnist for the popular MiceChat website. His unique point of view built on his passion for history, his professional training as an urban planner, and his obsession with theme parks has brought speak...
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Title:The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's DreamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.86 inPublished:December 6, 2013Publisher:Unofficial GuidesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:162809012X

ISBN - 13:9781628090123

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With hand scribblings from Walt Disney and original drawings of the theme park, Gennawey lays out a comprehensive description of the life and history of Disneyland." - Rachel Young,Pasadena Now"The book [The Disneyland Story] relies heavily on quotations, which adds to its credibility and readability. Many of the quotations, but not all of them, include endnote numbers. So the book has an answer for you if you wonder, Where and when did that person say or write that?" - Werner Weiss,Yesterland.com"... Gennawey's book is "unofficial" in its content (but it's not a travel guide). There's nothing [that] should embarrass anyone, but it includes people and stories that you would not read about in Disney publications. For example, C.V. Wood, Disneyland's first general manager, has been all but erased from official Disney history. There are great descriptions of attractions that were announced but never built. And the story of how the land was chosen and acquired for Disneyland has never been published in this detail." - Werner Weiss,Yesterland.com"Don't let the title "unofficial" deter you in the least. This work exceeds anything Disney has ever formally put out. For that matter, in its total form it may exceed everything Disney has put out. There's just so much." - J. Jeff Kober,DisneyatWork.com"The great thing about this book [The Disneyland Story] is the mix of technical details about things like specs on the locomotive engines, Autopia cars, and Monorail designs, blended with anecdotal stories and quotes from many different sources, so there is something for everyone here. The book is peppered with "tips" and trivia along the way as well." - Susie Prendergast,The Mouse Castle"The book [The Disneyland Story] is incredibly exhaustive and takes us through Disneyland's history through the growth of the beloved park. It's laid out in large blocks of years that showcase the development of the park through major attractions and shows. What's fascinating is that Sam was able to delve into the political machinations with the city councils of Burbank and Anaheim to show how Walt's ideas were stymied as well as passed unanimously. The larger civic and community roles that Disneyland has played are usually not recounted, which makes this book so valuable. Kudos to Sam for including an almost rapacious bibliography and for having the decency to cite his references. Not many authors do that. This one is a must have for Disneyland fans!" - George Taylor,MiceChat.com "