Disneyland Encyclopedia by Chris Strodder, a book review
The third edition The Disneyland Encyclopedia by Chris Strodder has just been released. I read, reviewed and loved the second edition when it was released in 2012.
Simply put: If you love Disneyland, then you need to buy the Disneyland Encyclopedia right now!
Seriously, no hyperbole, here. I am asked all of the time for my favorite Disney-related books which usually revolve around Walt Disney World titles. The Nickel Tour and Disneyland: Inside Story are my favorite Disneyland titles, with Strodder’s Disneyland Encyclopedia being an indispensable tool and a must-have book. I wanted to get my review out sooner, but I kept reading the book until I’d finished it and read every entry. It is that good.
I know, reading an encyclopedia cover-to-cover?
So, yes, this is an encyclopedia. Strodder has over 600 entires that cover Disneyland like no other book; but it’s so much more than an encyclopedia. The book is also a historical title that traces so much of the park in one place, including entries on short-lived attractions and never-built attractions. Strodder also covers forthcoming attractions (future history?)! Because it is important to document what might have been planned but never built.
In addition to attractions, The Disneyland Encyclopedia also covers important people, like Imagineers and artists. Parades, fireworks and other special events (even short-lived ones) are given their due. In many cases, Strodder’s book is the only place I’ve come across mentions of them. (Who remembers Grandma’s Baby Shop?)
Strodder’s book reads more like a conversation between people that love Disneyland. Although the Disneyland Encyclopedia is an extremely authoritative work, it’s not written like a textbook or an academic treatise. Every Disneyland fan is going to love this book. Living on the East Coast, I only get to visit Disneyland every few years. This book has re-ignited my passion to visit the park again. The book is charming, engaging and simply indispensable. Strodder’s style is warm, friendly and very humorous.
I do love the subtitle of the book: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom. It’s true!
The Disneyland Encyclopedia should be on every fan’s shelf. If you consider yourself a historian, podcaster, YouTuber, etc., and you’re creating content on Disneyland, then you need to buy this book now, even if you own the second edition.
I feel like a broken record, but this book is simply one of the best titles on Disneyland that exists.
What do you think about The Disneyland Encyclopedia?
Title: The Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom
Author: Chris Strodder
Release: April, 2017