If you get The Disney Insider e-mail, you will notice that each issue has an Ask Dave column. I have written about Dave Smith before. He holds one of my dream jobs.
The question in the August 26, 2008 issue has the following question:
I was wondering if you could recommend any books that tell the history of building the Disney Parks. What went in first? What were the surprising issues that came up? – Dana, 29, Kennesaw, GA
Probably the most useful books for Disneyland history are Randy Bright’s “Disneyland: Inside Story” and David Mumford and Bruce Gordon’s “Disneyland: The Nickel Tour.” Jeff Kurtti wrote “Since the World Began” about Walt Disney World. There are also books on the architecture of the Disney Parks, such as Beth Dunlop’s “Building a Dream.”
The first three books mentioned are in my top 5.
Lou Mongello and I discuss five books that every Disney Geek should own on the WDW Radio Show. Since the World Began is one of books discussed.
Another title that will be of interest to fans of Walt Disney World is Realityland by David Koenig. It is one of the few books to cover the early years and construction of Walt Disney World.