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The Art of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by Amy Ratcliffe gives you a look behind the curtain at the development process as Imagineers created the Star Wars worlds for Disneyland and Walt Disney World.   The book contains over 300 pieces of art on 256 pages from throughout the creative process to illustrate the evolution and detail of Black Spire Outpost.

Release date: 2021-04-27

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It All Started with a Blog: Detangling the Wide Web of Disney Bloggers

It All Started With a Blog – Detangling the wide web of Disney Bloggers by Paul Lane explores the world of Disney Content Creators on the web. The book profiles fifteen content creators and interweaves the evolution of Disney content on the web with these profiles. The author includes a mix of content types including podcasts, traditional sites, blog sites, and news sites.

Release date: 2020-11-06

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Boundless Realm: Deep Explorations Inside Disney's Haunted Mansion

Boundless Realm: Deep Explorations Inside Disney’s Haunted Mansion by Foxx Nolte takes a detailed look at the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion.   The author takes you on a tour of the Mansion and shares some of the references and possible inspirations for various elements.   Along the way you learn more about the history of the mansion and its creators.   He compares/contrasts the Walt Disney World version to the original at Disneyland and provides some thoughts on Disneyland Paris Phantom Manor too.

Release date: 2020-10-01

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3D Disneyland: Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

3D Disneyland: Like You’ve Never Seen it Before takes you on a grand circle tour of Disneyland.  The book features almost one hundred 3D images from the collection of Ted Kierscey covering the years 1955 through 1958  and the 1980s during the parks 25th anniversary.  They are supplemented with some contemporary photos by Patrick Swinnea to fill in some gaps.      David Bossert is the primary author and there is a forward by Tom K. Morris.

Release date: 2020-11-15

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Polishing the Dragons: Making EPCOT's Wonders of China

Polishing the Dragons: Making EPCOT's Wonders of China by Jeff Blyth is a first-hand account of the creation of the original film that premiered in China at World Showcase in Epcot at Walt Disney World.  The film ran from October 1, 1982 through March 25. 2003 when it was replaced with "Reflections of China".  "Wonders of China" also ran at Disneyland  from 1984 through 1996 .  The book is based on a personal journal that Jeff kept throughout the film making process spanning 1980 through the film's premiere in 1982.  He chronicles his survey excursions, filming trips and post production.  He also has a chapter on the updated "Reflections of China" film that replaced it which he also worked on.

Release date: 2020-09-15

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Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets - The Story of Iduna and Agnarr

Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr explores the story of how Anna & Elsa’s parents met and how their relationship evolved. The book covers the time period of just before the midst envelops the Enchanted Forest through the final moments before their ship wreck.

Release date: 2020-11-03

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Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks – Celebrations Around the World form Fall to Winter

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks – Celebrations Around the World form Fall to Winter takes you on a globetrotting and time traveling look at the Disney Parks.   There are almost 1,900 images filling the 384 pages of this hefty book.   These primarily chronicle the history of Halloween and Christmas at the 12 Disney Parks, numerous Resorts and four Cruise Ships around the globe.  Other holidays such as fall festivals, Lunar New Year and New Year are included too. In addition to the images Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price have a narrative that shares relevant dates, backstories, and history of the events, decorations and festivities.

Release date: 2020-10-20

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Unbirthday: A Twisted Tale

Liz Braswell's Twisted Tale series takes you to Wonderland in this novel. The question is posed, What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?

Alice is 18 years old now and a photography enthusiast. Her photos become signals that something is wrong in Wonderland. When she views several of them she sees her Wonderland friends and foes with signs of trouble. The Queen of Hearts is ruling Wonderland and racing toward the end of time. Alice returns to Wonderland to help her friends and lead the way to save Wonderland.

Release date: 2020-09-01

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The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky

The Disney Monorail – Imagineering a Highway in the Sky by Jeff Kurtti, Vanessa Hunt & Paul Wolski delivers a history lesson on monorails, incredible concept artwork and some great photos as it explores the evolution of monorails both in a historical and Disney context.    The Monorail has become a symbol of Disney Parks.  There are other monorails but when you say monorail to many people the Disney version jumps to mind.    This book explores the history of the transportation mode, Walt’s involvement and the growth of the system.

Release date: 2020-09-15

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Disney Maps – A Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love

Disney Maps – A Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love features maps of twenty four Disney & Pixar Animated Films spanning from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) through Coco (2017).   Each movie is represented with a two page map showing the locations visited in the film.  Then two additional pages of information.  On the first additional page there is a couple paragraph description of the film, four “Moments to Remember” and a list of some other information from the film.  A second page showcases the key characters with an image of each and their name.   The foreword is written by Pete Doctor who talks a little about locations in the film and uses two of his films, Up and Inside Out as examples.

Release date: 2020-08-11

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The 55ers – The Pioneers Who Settled Disneyland

The 55ers – The Pioneers Who Settled Disneyland by David Koenig takes us back to the first year of Disneyland and gives a detailed description of how the park was organized and operated, the people who brought it to life, plus some great pictures of the early years.

Release date: 2019-10-01

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge - Black Spire

Interested in learning more about the back story of Black Spire Outpost on Batuu? Curious about the history of the Resistance base? How about why Vi Moradi is there? This novel takes you on an adventure as Vi Moradi arrives on Batuu and sets up the Resistance base and recruits more to her cause. It details her initial encounters with the locals and First Order.

Release date: 2019-08-29

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The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

In Ride of a Lifetime Bob Iger shares recollections of his long career with ABC and Disney. Along the way imparting some insights and leadership philosophies. Plus a look behind the curtain at some of the biggest deals in the entertainment industry.

Release date: 2019-09-23

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Marc Davis In His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks

Marc Davis In His Own Word: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks by Pete Docter & Christopher Merritt is a two volume nearly 750 page work chronicling the Disney Legend’s theme park projects.

Release date: 2019-09-03

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The Muppet Christmas Carol: The Illustrated Holiday Classic

The Muppet Christmas Carol: The Illustrated Holiday Classic combines the Charles Dickens story with the Muppet Christmas Carol film and presents it in an illustrated storybook format. The book follows the 1992 The Muppet Christmas Carol with the Great Gonzo portraying Charles Dickens and narrating the story with help from Rizzo the Rat. Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are the Cratchits. The plot is the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge being visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve who show him the error of his ways and the importance of spreading love and kindness to others.

Release date: 2019-10-29

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Birnbaum's Walt Disney World - Official Guide

Last Reviewed 2020 Edition:

Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World – The Official Vacation Guide 2020 Edition is available now. This annually updated resource dates back to 1981 and has the goal of providing a comprehensive resource to help you plan your vacation to Walt Disney World (WDW). Over the years the book has continued to expand along with WDW. This year’s paperback checks in at over 350 pages divided into eleven chapters. These include general vacation planning information such as: Getting Ready to Go, Transportation & Accommodations. A chapter devoted to each of the four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom). As well as chapters on Sports & Recreation, Dining, and everything else in the World. Also included is the Disney Cruise Line (for several years this was a separate book but it is now in the WDW book. Lastly the book concludes with nine pages of coupons good at various locations around Walt Disney World.

Release date: 2019-09-17

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Birnbaum's Disneyland Resort - The Official Vacation Guide

Last Reviewed the 2020 Edition of this book: Birnbaum’s Disneyland Resort – The Official Vacation Guide 2020 edition is now available.  The first edition of this guide was published in the 80s (1988 I believe).  It has been several years since I last reviewed the guide so I was curious to see what they say about Galaxy’s Edge and other changes at the parks.    I always have a tough time evaluating Disneyland guidebooks because I do not visit the park like a typical tourist. I rarely stay in Anaheim and even when I visit with infrequent guests or first timers I tend to tailor the touring plan around their tastes.

Traditional guidebooks like this can still play a role in vacation planning for people.  Yes you can find almost everything in this book (and more up to date in several cases) online on various sites including ours or the official Disneyland.com site but having something printed out that you can mark up and flip through gives a different experience.  I also tend to look at these guides as time capsules to collect.  You can look back on a trip and see what the prices were, what was new, or what was coming soon.

Release date: 2019-09-17

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Birnbaum's Walt Disney World for Kids

Last reviewed 2020 Edition: Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World For Kids 2020 edition became available in September. This guide for kids (ages 7 to 14) featuring contributions from kids was first published in the mid 1990s (1996 I believe) and updated every year . The book is a guide for kids sharing an overview of Walt Disney World theme parks and attractions plus a glimpse at dining, recreation and resorts to help be part of the vacation planning experience.

Release date: 2019-09-17

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The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between

The Art of Disney Costuming: Heroes, Villains, and Spaces Between by Jeff Kurti and the staff of the Walt Disney Archives is a coffee table book featuring a detailed look at a selection of Disney movie costumes. Each costume is given at least a page, usually more, that includes an overview of the costume and some insight into the design usually from the costume designer as well as a director or actor involved too. There are call outs providing background information on the designers who’s work is featured throughout the book. There are a large number of images that feature two page spreads, full page layouts, detailed enlargements as well as a number of concept art and inspirational pieces too. The costumes are organized into four chapters – A Royal Ball, Dwelling in Darkness, Spaces Between and Living in the Light. Featured pieces date back to early Disney live action films and run up through the 2019 release of Aladdin. Thirty Disney films are highlighted with a focus on the more modern films, maybe from the 90s forward.

Release date: 2019-09-17

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Pencils, Pens & Brushes: A Great Girls' Guide to Disney Animation

Written by Mindy Johnson and Illustrated by Lorelay Bové this book shares the stories of 20 great girls of Walt Disney Animation. The motto of the book is all girls are great girls! It showcases the careers and achievements of these women who represent a fraction of the hundreds who worked at the Walt Disney Studios from the 20s through 50s. This book is targeted at reading levels of grades 3-7 and the women profiled are a subset of those in the larger/longer format Ink & Paint the Women of Walt Disney Animation.

Release date: 2019-08-13

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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge A Crash of Fate

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge A Crash of Fate takes you on an adventure with a couple of childhood friends who grew up on Batuu. One leaves and returns years later to make a delivery to Black Spire Outpost and the two reunite. When the deliver goes wrong the friends find themselves on the run and fighting to stay alive.

Release date: 2019-08-06

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Travels with Figment on the Road in Search of Disney Dreams

Travels with Figment on the Road in Search of Disney Dreams by Marty Sklar is the final book by the Disney Legend.  Marty passed away in August 2017 with only the first draft of this book complete.  His wife and daughter worked with a team to finish the book.  It will be widely available starting November 5th.

Marty created this book in response to the number one question he was asked when discussing his previous two works – Dream It! Do It! My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms and One Little Spark! Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering, which was when can we read more of your stories.

Release date: 2019-11-05

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Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career

Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career by Kevin P. Rafferty is a compilation of stories and experiences from his over 40 year career with Disney starting at Disneyland and becoming an Imagineer. If you do not recognize his name you surely will recognize the projects he has been involved with over the years. These include Cars Land, Test Track, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Toy Story Midway Mania!, Tower of Terror, and Tough to Be a Bug! to name a few.

Release date: 2019-09-10

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The Art and Making of Disney the Lion King

The Art and Making of Disney the Lion King by Michael Goldman takes an in depth look at the creation of the 2019 adaptation of the Lion King. It showcases a large collection of concept art plus stills and other photos from the production of the film. The bulk of the narrative focuses on the locations & characters depicted in the recent movie.

Release date: 2019-07-16

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From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card

From All of Us to All of You: The Disney Christmas Card by Jeff Kurtti is a book detailing the history of the Disney company Christmas card from 1931 until the 2000s. A card was created each year to celebrate the holiday season and in many cases promote a film, short or park. The cards featured designs and illustrations by legendary Disney Studio artists over the years. The annual tradition started in the 1930s and continued until the year 2000 then in the new millennium instead of a single card for the company cards were created by different divisions/groups.

Release date: 2018-10-02

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