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The Art of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse

The Art of Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse was released in September 2018 to celebrate Mickey's 90th birthday in November. The book is divided into three parts. The first is a listing of Mickey's Animated Filmography. Part two shares many of Mickey's Milestones and then part three is called Mickey's Gallery and features original artwork from Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media artists. In addition there is a four panel fold out with 90 cells featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse moments.

Release date: 2018-09-25

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LIFE Mickey Mouse at 90 - LIFE Celebrates an American Icon

To celebrate Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday this year LIFE Books has a special publication that was released in August. I am not sure if you would call it a book or a magazine.. it seems to fall somewhere in between. The issue is a highlight version of Mickey's career, global reach and influence on everyone from entertainers to sports figures to politicians to the Pope.

Release date: 2018-08-17

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Travels With Walt Disney – A Photographic Voyage Around the World

Travels with Walt Disney – A Photographic Voyage Around the World was an interesting journey back in time. The book chronicles the trips Walt Disney took throughout his life spanning from his early days on the railroad to filming location visits and scouting locations for Walt Disney World. In between were several leisure and work related trips. Walt utilized many modes of transportation including railroads, cruise ships, airplanes and automobiles. A point of consideration when thinking about Walt Disney and travel is the time period Walt lived in. Walt was born in 1901 in the Midwest. Travel in the early to mid 1900s was much less affordable, efficient and common than that of today. Many people from that time period did not travel far from their place of birth or travel that frequently compared to modern times. To put this in perspective, as was noted in the book, there were only a few cars in town as Walt was growing up and he was born before the first airplane flew. Travel evolved a lot over his lifetime. Walt passed away in 1966, when jet air travel was just becoming mainstream.

Release date: 2018-04-03

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Riding the Black Ship Japan and Tokyo Disneyland

This book takes an academic look at Tokyo Disneyland and its relationship with Japan society. The book explores how the park came to be and thrive. There are four main sections. The introduction, Onstage, Backstage and Offstage. The introduction includes the history and how the park came to be. The Onstage section includes a case study of three attractions, the Jungle Cruise, Castle Mystery Tour and Meet the World. The focus of the backstage portion is the cast member experience both for Part-time employees and regular employees. It looks at the hiring process, training and organization. The final section Offstage looks at theme parks as a whole in Japan and the various demographics that visit Tokyo Disneyland.

Release date: 1999-05-01

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Yesterday’s Tomorrow Disney’s Magical Mid-Century

Yesterday’s Tomorrow Disney’s Magical Mid-Century is a look at a unique time in American and Disney History as both hit high points and turned to looking at the future. The war was over, the baby boom on and the American way of life was evolving quickly into the 50s and 60s. For Walt Disney this was when he was broadened his creative ventures from animation into many other forms of entertainment including live action film, music, theme parks, special events, and television.

Release date: 2017-11-14

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The Lion King (Celebrating The Lion King's 20th Anniversary on Broadway): Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World

The Lion King – Twenty Years on Broadway and Around the World is a comprehensive look at one of the most successful entertainment creations ever. To give a sense of the impact of this show over 90 million people have seen the Lion King on stage to date. The show has earned over $7 billion and it is still running and touring throughout the world so this total grows daily. To give that number some perspective.. that is more than all the Star Wars films grossed combined when the book was published.

Release date: 2017-11-07

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My Pride Mastering Life's Daily Performance

My Pride Mastering Life’s Daily Performance by Alton Fitzgerald White is an autobiography of this accomplished Broadway performer. The book explores how hard work, dedication, and motivation took him from his childhood in the projects of Cincinnati to major roles in Broadway productions. One of his major accomplishments was playing Mufasa in the Lion King for over 4,000 performances. Alton shares his recollections and life choices as he found his way through life. He discusses some of the choices he made and how those impacted his life. He shares stories of his education both formal and informal and how he took advantage of opportunities he earned.

Release date: 2017-11-07

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The Lion King: Pride Rock on Broadway

The Lion King Pride Rock on BroadwayThe Lion King Pride Rock on Broadway is an update to the original book of the same title that was released in 1998, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Broadway show. The book is written by Julie Taymor who is the director of the play and won the Tony for best director and costume design for the Lion King. Julie takes you on a journey from the initial concept through all phases of development for the costumes, sets, music, cast, and production. She shares some of the challenges and hurdles her team encountered and how they found solutions. The update includes a new design featuring new photos as well as retrospective essays by Julie Taymor and Thomas Schumacher.

Release date: 2017-11-07

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Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation

Ink & Paint the Women of Walt Disney’s Animation by Mindy Johnson is much more than the title says. This hefty hardcover book weighs in at over 6lbs and measures 10.4x13.4. Within the 380+ pages Mindy shines a light on the many women who have played a role in bringing the films we all enjoy to life. She takes the reader on a detailed trip through time looking at the evolution of women in the American Workplace as well as a look at how the Disney animation process grew and changed over the years. She discusses the new advances in technique and process and the ebb and flow of the studio workforce and culture. This is shown in context with how the American culture changed over the decades too.

Release date: 2017-09-05

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Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food

Eat Like Walt - The Wonderful World of Disney FoodEat Like Walt - Cover explores Disney Dining during Walt’s time as well as Walt’s personal tastes. This includes detailed discussions of Walt at Home, Walt at the Studio and Walt's Disneyland. For the Studios & Disneyland each location has its own entry with dates of operation, history of the location and in many cases connections to Walt or small stories that include Walt. In addition to the detailed narrative there are a number of images from the archives, many showcased at full page size, featuring a dining location and/or Walt. Other media included are a selection of artist renderings, menus, and advertisements. One of the last sections of the books features several signature recipes from locations discussed in the book if you wanted to try your hand at creating a favorite.

Release date: 2017-09-19

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Beyond the Castle – A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After

In Beyond the Castle – A Guide to Discovering Your Happily Ever After, Jody Jean Dreyer shares her insights, business & life lessons using stories from a 30 year career with the Walt Disney Company. Like many she was a Disney fan growing up and visited Walt Disney World as soon as she could, which happened to be during its first year. She went on to work for the company. During her career Jody worked her way through twenty-two different positions starting with the Walt Disney World College Program and working her way up the ranks to a senior vice president. Her career included time as a WDW Ambassador, member of the Disneyland Paris Opening team, head of corporate synergy and special projects as well as Senior Vice President for Disney Worldwide Outreach.

Release date: 2017-09-05

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney CartoonsOswald the Lucky Rabbit The Search for the Lost Cartoons by David Bossert is a great reference book for anyone interested in learning about Oswald’s Disney Years & Releases and the modern day quest to find all the original Disney shorts.

Release date: 2017-08-29

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Disneyland for Vampires, Zombies, and Others with Very Special Needs

Have you ever thought about what a vampire, zombie, gargoyle, or other creature would need to know to visit a Disney Park? Dominick Cancilla has and he wrote two guide books this year, one for Walt Disney World and one for Disneyland, exploring the subject in depth. Both books follow the same format of starting off like a traditional Disney guidebook for the first chapter with an introduction covering the basics, vocabulary, how to get there, where to stay, when to travel, how to blend in, etc… but with creatures in mind. Then instead of being a traditional guide that would delve into each park and attraction he takes a different turn and the remainder of the book is an alphabetical listing of over 150 creature entries such as Medusae, Zombie, Robots & Androids, Heat Avoiders, Headless Individuals, and so on. Each creature entry gives some information that would be helpful for it to visit one of the Disney parks. Topics include Items of Interest, Misleading Labels, Trigger Warnings, Things to Try, and Possible Offensive Stereotypes. Sprinkled throughout are also comments from those who have written in to share their experiences too.

Release date: 2017-09-06

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Walt Disney World for Vampires, Zombies, and Others with VERY Special

Have you ever thought about what a vampire, zombie, gargoyle, or other creature would need to know to visit a Disney Park? Dominick Cancilla has and he wrote two guide books this year, one for Walt Disney World and one for Disneyland, exploring the subject in depth. Both books follow the same format of starting off like a traditional Disney guidebook for the first chapter with an introduction covering the basics, vocabulary, how to get there, where to stay, when to travel, how to blend in, etc… but with creatures in mind. Then instead of being a traditional guide that would delve into each park and attraction he takes a different turn and the remainder of the book is an alphabetical listing of over 150 creature entries such as Medusae, Zombie, Robots & Androids, Heat Avoiders, Headless Individuals, and so on. Each creature entry gives some information that would be helpful for it to visit one of the Disney parks. Topics include Items of Interest, Misleading Labels, Trigger Warnings, Things to Try, and Possible Offensive Stereotypes. Sprinkled throughout are also comments from those who have written in to share their experiences too.

Release date: 2017-05-10

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Building Magic – Disney’s Overseas Theme Parks

Building Magic – Disney’s Overseas Theme Parks takes a look at the history at the Disney projects in Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai. For each it presents the history of how the park came to be, how the land was acquired/created and why the location chosen. It then flows into the construction of the park. A detailed accounting of what the park was like on opening day is next. Then a look at changes over the year and subsequent parks and expansions. The epilogue contains a brief section on many of the rumored international expansions over the years that span the globe.

Release date: 2016-07-15

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The Vault of Walt: Volume 2: Unofficial, Unauthorized, Uncensored Disney Stories Never Told

This is the second in an ongoing series from Disney Historian Jim Korkis. The book is in the same format as the first volume. It is a collection of short stories on various Disney subjects. The stories are divided into chapters based on Walt, Films, Theme Park, and then everything else. The book contains 28 stories spanning its 200+ pages.

Release date: 2013-09-13

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Tony Baxter: First of the Second Generation of Walt Disney Imagineers (Legends & Legacies Series)

All disneygeeks know the name Tony Baxter. Those of you non geeks but Disney Fans that do not recognize the name will definitely know his work. Tony worked for Walt Disney Imagineering from 1970 to 2013 creating many of the attractions and worlds we enjoy at Disney Parks around the world. These include Big Thunder, Splash Mountain, Star Tours, Indiana Jones Adventure, he was creative lead for Disneyland Paris, he was also a lead on Disneyland’s new Fantasyland, as well as Journey Into Imagination and many more. This biography chronicles Tony’s life and accomplishments. Including his first visits to Disneyland, his jobs at Disneyland and his long career at Imagineering.

Release date: 2015-10-30

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Disney Pirates: The Definitive Collector's Anthology

Disney Pirates - The Definitive Collector’s Anthology explores the history of Disney Pirates over the decades and across all media. It covers a wide range of topics to varying degrees. The central focus is Pirates of the Caribbean with a large portion of the book devoted to the first four films as well as the fifth film Dead Men Tell No Tales that opens May 26, 2017. The book opens with a look at Disney Pirates in film and TV dating back to Walt’s films and up through current Disney offerings. The next section looks at the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions and other Pirates based attractions in the parks with the exception of Shanghai Disneyland, it has its own chapter at the end of the book. The last major section that spans nearly half the book does a deep dive into the five films.

Release date: 2017-04-11

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Disney A to Z (Fifth Edition): The Official Encyclopedia

The 5th Edition of Disney A to Z - The Official Encyclopedia by Dave Smith was published last November. The first edition was released back in 1996 and since then the book has grown from 5,200 entries to 7,600. This edition includes entries through summer of 2016.

Release date: 2016-11-15

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Tale as Old as Time The Art and Making of Disney Beauty and the Beast (Updated Edition)

The 2010 book, “Tale As Old as Time - The Art and Making of Disney Beauty and the Beast" has been updated and released this year to include the new Live-Action film and Walt Disney World theme park additions. If you are not familiar with the title, the book takes a comprehensive look at the history of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast featuring stories of those involved. Starting with the origins of the story and the many starts and stops the process took to bring the original film to the big screen. Along the way you learn about the hurdles that were overcome and are introduced to many members of the team that brought the classic to life including the animators, music team, production team and more. You learn the many ground breaking aspects of the film including the computer system that was used for the film. The transition from film to live theater is documented. Other chapters focus on the re-releases including the IMAX and 3D Versions and what it took to update the film for those.

Release date: 2017-01-31

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Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai

Many of us disneygeeks spend hours studying park maps and concept art. Not so much for navigation as glimpses of things to come or history of what was there. If you are like me you have boxes full of them from various trips over the years. Or endless photos on your computer of the maps found in the parks. So when Disney announced a book with the focus being park maps it instantly went to the top of my book list. Maps of the Disney Parks was released a few weeks ago and I just finished reading through it. The finished product is different from what I had originally envisioned. I was expecting to see page after page of park guide maps including covers from over the years, but instead what I found was a great collection of aerial concept art from the parks, park fun maps, and other map related artwork and samples from over the years. The artwork is drawn from the Imagineering Art Library collection.

Release date: 2016-10-18

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The Art of Disney's Dragons

This book features over one hundred pages of Disney Dragon concept art in various forms and covering feature films, shorts and the parks around the world. Starting in the 1940s with the reluctant dragon and going through the 2016 release of Pete’s Dragon. The Forward is by David Lowery the director of Pete’s Dragon and the Introduction by Tom Bancroft who was the lead animator for Mushu in Mulan.

Release date: 2016-06-28

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Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park

This book chronicles the building of Disneyland taking a look at the plan, fund raising, construction and opening day of the park. Many Disney fans know the story that Walt borrowed every penny he could to bring his park to life and of the Black Sunday, opening day stories. This book takes an in depth look at these and the contributions as well as controversy of CV Wood.

Release date: 2016-03-10

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The Progress City Primer: Stories, Secrets, and Silliness from the Many Worlds of Walt Disney

This book is contains just over 30 short pieces that range in length from 2-20 pages. They cover a variety of Disney related topics spanning the decades. Included are stories about Walt Disney, Imagineers, Walt Disney World plans, Disneyland, unbuilt projects and more.

Release date: 2015-09-26

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Secret Stories of Walt Disney World: Things You Never You Never Knew (Volume 1)

Jim Korkis delivers another book full of interesting Disney Stories. This time around the focus is Walt Disney World. The work includes over 80 short stories (the average is about a page and a half) covering many aspects of Walt Disney World including the theme parks, resorts, recreation, construction and the cast.



Release date: 2015-11-10

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