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Four Decades of Magic: Celebrating the First Forty Years of Disney World

General Information:

Media Type: Book
Type: Parks - Picture
Release Date: 2011-01-06

Geek's Thoughts: This book is a collection of twenty-eight essays by eighteen different Disney authors that covers some of the history of the first forty years of Walt Disney World. The essays run the gambit from very in depth looks at a single attraction or history to a broad overview of a concept. As you read through these works many will sound familiar to you disneygeeks who have read these authors websites and books, but having them all together in one book may allow you to pick up some detail and factoids that you had seen before or refresh a fading memory.


I really enjoyed reading through these essays. I guess I am somewhat old fashioned some of the time and having the essays in print that I can flip through and refer back to was a great format. A quick rundown of the chapters:

  • The Sunset Boulevard that Was, Is, and Never Will Be - Tom Corless
  • When is the 3 OClock Parade? Then, Now and Forever - Tom Corless
  • Tomorrows Windows: Looking Back at Horizons - Michael Crawford
  • A Brief History of the Future: From EPCOT to EPCOT Center - Michael Crawford
  • The Walt Disney World Monorail System - Jason Diffendal
  • Spaceship Earth - Jason Diffendal
  • Much Ado About Hoop-Dee-Doo - Greg Ehrbar
  • The 65th Year for Mickey, the Very First Visit for Kids - Greg Ehrbar
  • Walt Disneys EPCOT and the Heart of Our Cities - Sam Gennwey
  • Joe & Carl: Two Men Who Built the World - Didier Ghez
  • Disney Brings Sports to the World - Adam Goswick
  • Whatever Happened to Beastly Kingdom? - Scott and Carol Holmes
  • Magic of the Night: The Evolution of Walt Disney Worlds Nighttime Fireworks Displays - Debra Martin Koma
  • Meeting Mickey: Remembering Mickeys Toontown Fair - Jim Korkis
  • For Your Pleasure: The Mythology and Reality of Pleasure Island - Jim Korkis
  • The Relative Truth About If You Had Wings - Mike Lee
  • Thunder Mesa & the Western River Expedition: A Neverending Story - Mike Lee
  • History of the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue - Chuck Mirarchi
  • History of the Contemporary & Polynesian Resort Hotels - Chuck Mirarchi
  • Walt Disney World Resorts That Never Were - Lou Mongello
  • Goodnight, George: A Ghost Story - Foxx Nolte
  • Another Magic Corner of the World - Foxx Nolte
  • EPCOT 1939 - Jeffrey Pepper
  • The Carousel of Progress: What Would Walt Think? - Michael Scopa
  • An Island Filled with Tropic Beauty, Colorful Birds, and the Mystery of Ben Gunns Buried Treasure! - George Taylor
  • Honoring the Cast: Insider Tributes & Homages - Kevin Yee
  • Theme Park Archaeology - Kevin Yee

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