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Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real This is the brand new sequel to the book Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making Magic Real. This is a must-read (or must-have) for any fan of WDI’s work.
Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind-the-Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real This book is now out of print, but it belongs on every WDI fan’s coffee table or library shelf. Fortunately, you can find used copies in the marketplace.
Walt Disney’s Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park For the first time, the people behind the scenes at WDI step forward. The names in this book are truly legends among hard core Disney theme park fanatics.
Designing Disney Written by John Hench, one of the early Imagineers, this book may be the best source of insights into how things work in Disney theme park design.
The following “field guides” are written by the Imagineers about the theme parks. Those of us who are Disney geeks probably know a lot of what’s in these books, but I’m always finding little things that I didn’t know. Read one before your next trip to a Disney resort and see the parks through the eyes of the Imagineers.
The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies — Updated This is the ultimate insider’s view of The Haunted Mansion, written by Imagineer Jason Surrell
Pirates of the Caribbean It’s a shame this book is out of print, because it tells every tale about the theme park attraction. Another Jason Surrell work.
Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance Yet another out-of-print book, this one is a serious study of Disney theme park design from an outsider’s point of view.
Walt Disney’s Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow Although this book is out of print, it is worth seeking out. There is probably no better resource on the concept, design and construction of Epcot. The Imagineers who worked on Epcot thought of this as their “yearbook.”