Disneyland: Dreams, Traditions and Transitions by Leonard Shannon, Various Editions

Disneyland: Dreams, Traditions and Transitions is another book in which I have different variations. There is no copyright date and the books were published by Disney’s Kingdom Editions. The author is listed as Leonard Shannon and the designer is Shelley Higuera. 

It’s a gorgeous book with lots of full-color photos of the park from the mid-1990s. It does delve into the history of the park but it’s more of a look at the park as a souvenir guide.

This version is is like the more traditional souvenir guides. It has a hard-bound cover and the image is printed as part of the cover. The ISBN is 00127-10025

The second variant has a dust jacket over a more traditional library binding. The ISBN is 00127-10006.

Both books appear to be similar. I didn’t notice any discrepancies while flipping through them. I’ve seen copyrights attributed to them for 1993 and 1995, which seems like the right time period.


My Library: Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Martin Sklar, Various Editions

Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Martin Sklar, Various Editions

I realized after doing a previous post on Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Martin Sklar book, that there were several different editions. I have four in my collection and I assume that there are other editions out there. I’ll try to include any discernible marks or copyright information to make it easier to find a specific version. It can make it difficult when you’re collecting Disney books because Disney often didn’t use a copyright or ISBN, especially in the 1970s and 1980s.

Disneyland (Walt Disney) 1964

The first three editions all use the same photo on the front cover, but with a different design. The one above has a copyright date of 1964. Flipping through the book doesn’t offer anything built after 1964, so I assume this is the first one.


Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Martin A. Sklar (1965)

The cover changed slightly the stylized Disneyland that we’ve seen used most frequently is enlisted. The author is listed as Martin A. Sklar (Marty) and the copyright date is 1965. The change in the title is to Walt Disney’s Disneyland.


Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Martin A. Sklar (1969)

This version offers a Roman numeral copyright of MCMLXIX, which is 1969. We have the first mention that the haunted Mansion would open in 1969, so this is probably from the first six months of the year.


Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Martin A. Sklar (1975-1976)

The copyright is MCMLXIX, like the previous version,  but there is a 75-6 mark underneath it. Since the book does talk about Country Bear Jamboree, the Main Street Electrical Parade and America Sings, it’s a safe bet that this version is from 1975 or 1976.

Do you have any other versions of the Disneyland book? Leave a comment and let me know!


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My Library: Walt Disney’s Disneyland 1969

My Disney Library: Walt Disney’s Disneyland (1969) by Martin A. Sklar

There are several version of this book. Disney often disregarded typical publishing standards, which can make it difficult to identify this book. The copyright is MCMLXIX but there is a 75-6 mark underneath it. Since the book does talk about Country Bear Jamboree, the Main Street Electrical Parade and America Sings, it’s a safe bet that this version is from 1975 or 1976.

I do have another edition with just the MCMLXIX and no mention of anything past the Haunted Mansion.


 

My Library: Disneyland 1985 Crescent Book by Valerie Childs

 

 

My Disney Library: Disneyland by Valerie Childs (1985). 0-517-48084-0

The real reason to buy this book is to check out the amazing photos from the early 1980s at Disneyland. It’s a great time capsule. My copy is from 1985, but there have been a few published , at least until 1990.

It’s a great book to pick up if you want to peruse some fantastic photos from Disneyland past.


My Disney Library: Disney Years: Seen Through a Photographers Lens by Thie and Kilpatrick

Disney Years: Seen Through a Photographer’s Lens by Carlene Thie and Mel Kilpatrick. 2002.

This book is a collection of black and white photographs taken by Mel Kilpatrick during the first few years of Disneyland. There are 60 photos that he took while he worked for a local newspaper. The photos are beautiful, but there’s nothing monumental. If you love Disneyland, especially the first few years, then you’ll love the high-resolution photos.

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My Disney Library: Disney Queue Line Survival Guidebook by Kimberly Button

The Disney Queue Line Survival Guidebook by Kimberly Button was released in 2006 and was one of the first titles to address the issue of waiting in the queue. The book offers a short description of the attraction and the estimated time of the ride. The majority of the book is dedicated to trivia questions and scavenger hunts to use during the queue.

My only gripe about the book is that she uses the word queue and line together. Seeing as how the book is almost ten years old, there’s no reason to purchase a copy since it hasn’t been updated. Unless you’re a completist, like me.

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My Disney Library: Disney Creative Arts

This is an interesting book that’s related to a program for 10-15 year-olds that Walt Disney World Seminar Productions featured in the late 1970s and early 1980s called the Wonders of Walt Disney World. It was sort of like a day program that kids could participate in that took up several full days. Basically, the kids looked at how art was featured in Walt Disney World.

Disney Creative Arts is a large book that takes you through the creative process–at Disney and throughout the art world–in order to show you how art is everywhere and how you can create art. It was published in 1979 with a reprint in 1984. It’s 104 pages.

It’s a neat book but the real reason to own it is because there are some pretty cool photos of Walt Disney World that I haven’t seen in other places.

Did you ever get to experience the Wonders of Walt Disney World?

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My Disney Library: Designing Disney’s Theme Parks by Karal Ann Marling

Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance edited by Karal Ann Marling was released in 1998 and is comprised of seven long-form essays about Disney parks. It’s a great read and offers a lot of insight into Disney theme parks and their design.

 

My Disney Library: Designing Disney by John Hench

 
Designing Disney: Imagineering and the Art of the Show by John Hench has seen two releases. The purple one (referred to as Hench Purple) was 2003 and the orange version was released four years after his death in 2008.
 
The purple cover is classic Hench and shows how much power he wielded at Disney. Even in 2003, it wasn’t a modern cover and felt dated. After his passing, Disney re-designed the cover to make it more modern, especially with regards to color. There’s not much difference between the two editions, text-wise.
 
 

When I am asked, “What is your greatest achievement?” I answer, “Disneyland is our greatest achievement. Disneyland was first and set the pattern for others to follow.” Disneyland has been an example for many enterprises in the entertainment industry, and its design principles have been embraced by other industries as well. The concept of “themed” environments–places designed so that every element contributes to telling a story–was developed and popularized by Walt Disney. Its influence has been extraordinarily widespread, and can be seen today in many aspects of our daily experience–in shops and shopping malls, hotels, restaurants, museums, airports, offices, even people’s homes. –John Hench, p. 1.

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My Disney Library: Design: Just for Fun by Bob Gurr

Design: Just for Fun is an amazing retrospective of Bob Gurr’s career. It’s sort of like Bob  is sharing his own scrapbook with you.

 

Sadly, like a lot of other Disney-related titles, Design: Just for Fun has skyrocketed in value. But it is an amazing book.

 

You can read our review, here.