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The reason for the special weekend edition is that I received a belated birthday present from my wife.
Window on Main Street: 35 Years of Creating Happiness at Disneyland Park by Van Arsdale France
This has been on my Disney Geek wish list for a long time. I didn’t get the opportunity to buy it when it was published and like so many other Disney-related titles, the street value has sky-rocketed. My wife had been scouring E-bay and other sites (half.com, etc) since June to get it for me.
I just got it today, so this is not an official review.
He was hired in March of 1955 to create a training program for Disneyland cast members, which was called the University of Disneyland. He hired Dick Nunis as his personal gofer and was eventually brought back to Disneyland by Dick to change the initial training to Disney University. Eventually, the Disney University morphed into Traditions, which all Disney cast members receive now.
He officially retired in 1978 but went to work as a special consultant for Dick Nunis. He was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1994. Van passed away in 1999.
Van’s Window on Main St. reads:
I can’t wait to start this book!
Van in his office at Disneyland
Van walking to his office at Disneyland
The back cover of Window on Main Street