Since The World Began, Walt Disney World: The First 25 Years by Jeff Kurtti
For this special post, we present the review of one of the more important works published about the Vacation Kingdom. It is also one of the few official histories of the Florida property. Author Jeff Kurtti is featured frequently at Imaginerding, with good cause; his contributions to Disney literature is unparalleled. This is a book you need to own and Disney needs to consider updating.
Since the World Began, Walt Disney World: the First 25 Years by Jeff Kurtti. 192 pages, 1996.
I get a lot of questions about books that discuss the early history of Walt Disney World. There aren’t many titles that explore the vacation kingdom in great detail–partially due to the size and scope of Walt Disney World. I put together a bibliography of titles that focus on Walt Disney World; any of the titles would be a great addition to your collection. One of the titles on the bibliography stands out for numerous reasons.
Since The World Began: About Jeff Kurtti
That’s where this book begins. How did a central Florida swamp become the Number One family destination in the world? Whose idea was it? Who built it? Why did they build it there? What were the events and who were the people that inspired its ideas, design, topography, attractions, landscaping, resorts–its very existence? What has this come to mean? What is it going to become? pp. 10-11
Since The World Began: The Book Review
Since The World Began Video Review
In addition to full-color photographs and historical details, Since the World Began offers the reader a singular look at the development of three major theme parks, more than a dozen hotels, ancillary services and a plethora of behind-the-scenes secrets. You won’t find another work that offers as much detail in one place. Jeff should be lauded for the ability to distill 25 years into a moving and enveloping work.
Jeff is able to share inside stories from Imagineers and the people that worked on the various projects. We see the spark of inspiration for each park and how they grew from simple drawings to fully-realized locations. Since the book was published almost 15 years ago, much of the information has become common-place for the Disney enthusiast. This doesn’t erode the book’s value, it reinforces the importance of the book for the fan and the researcher.
Every Walt Disney World fan needs to own a copy of this book. It is a researcher’s dream and I hope that Disney Publishing is planning a new edition of this work for the 40th anniversary in 2011.
Check out when I got to meet Jeff Kurtti!
Do you own Since The World Began by Jeff Kurtti? What’s your favorite Walt Disney World book?
October 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Vacation Kingdom has seen a lot of changes over the past four decades and the editorial staff at Imaginerding wants to celebrate the unique and rich history of the resort with a series of posts. A very special thanks to Celeste Cronrath for designing the series of logos. Make sure to follow her on Twitter.
6 thoughts on “Since the World Began by Jeff Kurtti”
This book is an incredible resource – at the very top of my list for this kind of thing. I too would love to see a new edition sometime in the future.
Congrats on your 1000th post, George.
I just listened to an interview with Jeff Kurrti by Lou Mongello on the WDW Radio podcast. Kurrti says that, despite significant lobbying on his part, Disney will not be issuing an updated version of the 40th edition. Which is too bad, because it would be a great update.
I have spoken to Jeff about this, too. He even tried to use my review to further the cause, but it didn’t help.
Thanks for the comment!