Tell Your Story The Walt Disney World Way

Tell Your Story The Walt Disney World Way: Using Disney Imagineering to Make Your Message Heard by Louis J. Prosperi

Did you ever want to tell your story the Walt Disney World way? Maybe you want to sprinkle a little imagineering magic into your writing, storytelling, or presentations? Does your corporate marketing need a boost?

Then look no further than Louis Prosperi’s latest foray into his Imagineering Toolbox Series.

Louis has spent years studying and writing about creativity and how to bring more creativity into your life and work. His three books on  Imagineering are a master class on the imagineering process.

Tell Your Story the Walt Disney World Way builds on the previous books, but you don’t have to read them to understand or enjoy this title. (But you should, because they are really great books!)

Imagine getting a personal tour of the Magic Kingdom from a former Disney Imagineer!

Louis introduces us to  group a high school friends that meet years later as adults. The group decides to reconnect and take a trip together.

One of the friends is a Disney travel agent and plans the trip to Walt Disney World, including getting a storytelling tour of the Magic Kingdom by a former imagineer.

Varying degrees of Disney fans, from hardcore to haven’t been before, make up the group. You’re sure to recognize yourself somewhere in the group. The families get together for dinner at the California Grill and Kim, the travel agent of the group, lays out the agenda for the week, including the surprise tour of the Magic Kingdom with an Imagineer.

Sounds like a fun trip, right?

The group meets Jay Lewis, a former imagineer that often gives tours of the Magic Kingdom to explain the Imagineering process and storytelling. (Jay is an amalgam of Disney Imagineers.) The tour begins at Main Street and we are led, chapter-by-chapter, through the lands of the Magic Kingdom.

This set’s Louis’ books apart from other titles that talk about imagineering; he weaves the process of creativity into a narrative that is engaging and enjoyable.

Louis breaks down the creative process into relatable chunks and ties them back into everyday situations based on the characters. During the tour of the Magic Kingdom, Jay explains and points out the magic behind how the theme park was designed and created. Jay leads the group sharing those nerdy details while prompting the group to think about how exacting the imagineers were with storytelling in a physical environment. Jay consistently refers to books that help lay the foundation of the tour (including Alex Wright’s fantastic Imagineering Field Guide books).

For most people, meeting an imagineer would be a highlight; imagine getting a personalized tour!

We come full circle at the end of Telling Your Story the Walt Disney World Way by experiencing lunch with an imagineer. Jay brings the friends back for one last discussion about creativity and the imagineering process. During the discussion at the Hollywood Brown Derby, Louis recounts the lessons, again allowing the characters to relate the process to their own lives, to fuse the lessons of this book with his earlier titles. It is a great way to wrap up the book and get you started thinking about the imagineering process in your own life.

It’s the little details

Throughout the tour of the Magic Kingdom, I was consistently surprised by the little details that Louis incorporated to help tell the story.

I’ve been collecting and devouring Disney- and theme park-related books for over 27 years. It’s rare that I run across a book that brings something new to the table in regards to the hidden details of the park. Through Jay, Louis recounts the storytelling aspects of the Magic Kingdom that often slip by us. I have to admit that Louis surprised me with a few of the details that I never noticed.

Who Should Buy Tell Your Story the Walt Disney World Way?

Fans of Disney parks and Imagineering will glean loads from this book. If you don’t know much about the design details of the parks, this book will open your eyes to a larger world. And you’ll be able to impress your friends and family with nerdy little details.

My advice? Get a copy of this book before your next trip to the Magic Kingdom. Louis spins a narrative that pushes you to a greater understanding of design. He also helps to percolate your own creative juices. You will walk away looking at your own creativity in anew light.

Grab your copy today!


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George’s Favorite Books of 2020

George’s Favorite Books of 2020

Each year, there are more and more Disney- and theme park-related books published. As a theme park nerd, this makes me very happy, but it also means there’s a lot of wheat to separate from the chaff. And that’s part of why ImagiNERDing exists; I always want to present a fair and unbiased look at Disney and theme park books.

With the ease of self-publishing, it means that everyone can tell their theme park story or create their own Disney book. This is a double-edged sword: not only do we get an enormous amount of material, but it also means that quality control (editing, proof-reading, copy-editing, design, etc.) is often neglected. Regardless of the content, grammar, spelling, and style are all important and are a big part of whether a book makes my list.

Books, Books, and More Books from 2020

What follows is the list of my favorite books from the past year in chronological release date.

  • Rolling Through the Years: a Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology by Ken Miller—This is the ultimate history of Cedar Point and might be one of the greatest amusement park books ever written. It’s a huge book and is the most comprehensively detailed book about Cedar Point. And I always recommend that Disney park fans spend time visiting regional parks, like Cedar Point, because they offer a look into the growth and development of themed entertainment.

  • The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky by Jeff Kurtti, Vanessa Hunt, and Paul Wolski—talk about the ultimate release for fans of Walt Disney and the history of the monorail! The book takes us on a trip through the different iterations of the monorail through history (no, Disney did not invent the monorail) and the development of monorails at Disney parks. Every Disney fan needs to own this!

  • Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter by Graham Allen, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price—this is a book that Disney fans have been waiting years for. It’s a massive book that looks at all the how the holidays are celebrated in all of parks, resorts, hotels, and cruise ships. There is a smattering of history, which is nice, but the majority of the 1900 photos are from the past few years. This is an important release, especially concerning the lack of celebrations happening in the parks in 2020 and for the many fans that aren’t able to travel. I enjoyed the book, mainly for the photos, but really with there had been more of a vogue on the history of the holidays in the parks.

  • Polishing the Dragons: Making EPCOT’s “Wonders of China” by Jeff Blythe—Polishing the Dragons is a perfect example of how small and independent publishing houses can offer incredible content that is well-written, well-designed, and, fortunately, well-edited! Disney fans will relish every sentence and they will devour Jeff’s book about the making of the Circle-Vision film. Seriously, I’m still amazed that there is a whole book dedicated to one subject. The book is awesome.

  • Boundless Realm: Deep Explorations Inside Disney’s Haunted Mansion by Foxx Nolte—I’ve known Foxx for more than ten years and her blog has been one of the main inspirations for what I do at ImagiNERDing. The Haunted Mansion is a fan favorite and the attraction has been plagued by a lack of a stated backstory. Foxx takes us very deep to explore all of the influences of the Imagineers that led them to make the spooky house on the hill. This book is amazing and deserves to be in every Disney and theme park fan’s collection.

Haven’t Quite Finished It Yet…

My Favorite Books of 2020?

There you have it: my favorite books from 2020. I’m often asked what my favorite book of the year is, and I’ve offered the ImagiNERDing Book of the Year in years past. But this year, there are so many books that deserve the title that I can’t make an effective choice. If you’re on a limited budget, the Disney Monorails, Polishing the Dragons, Imagineering an American Dreamscape, and Boundless Realm, are all fantastic titles that shed light into Disney history from vastly different points-of-view and offer a wonderful reading experience.

What Are Your Favorite Books from 2020?


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Disney Who’s Who: An A to Z of Animated Films

Disney Who’s Who: An A to Z of Animated Films Book Preview

Disney sent a review copy of the revised and updated Disney Who’s Who: An A to Z of Animated Films. This 432-page book is a glossary of characters broken down by animated film. It looked like a perfect Disney book to do a preview and share with everyone.

Is this a book for kids or will all Disney fans want it on their shelves?

From 101 Dalmatians to Zootopia! Disney Who’s Who Video:

What do you think about this latest book featuring the characters from Disney’s classic and modern animated films?


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Disney Monorail Book Preview!

The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky Video Book Preview!

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Love Disney monorails? Then you need to check out this book preview of The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky by Jeff Kurtti, Vanessa Hunt, and Paul Wolski. The review copy just showed up and I set up the video camera to give my fellow ImagiNERDs a first look at this highly-anticipated new Disney book.

Is this going to be the ImagiNERDing Book of the Year?

Check Out My Video Preview of the New Book About Disney Monorails

Make sure to check out these other books by Disney historian, scholar, and all-around great guy: Jeff Kurtti.

Vanessa Hunt has contributed to the Disney Parks literature, as well!

Are you going to pick up the new Disney Monorail book?


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Walt Disney and Trains

Walt Disney and Trains

Do you love Disney trains? Want to learn everything there is to know about Walt Disney and his fascination with railroads? How did Walt’s love of railroads influence Disneyland?

Check out Walt Disney’s Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom by Michael Broggie to get a fascinating look into Walt’s life and his love of trains.

Walt Disney’s Railroad Story by Michael Broggie Book Review

It’s still hard to imagine Walt’s first trip around Disneyland on his Disneyland Railroad. It must have been an amazing event to be part of. And Michael Broggie was there to tell the story.

Have you ever had the chance to visit Walt’s Barn in Griffith Park?

Check out these posts on the Walt Disney World Railroad.

What’s your favorite Disney train?


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Disney Maps: a Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love

Disney Maps: a Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love

The new Disney book release Disney Maps: a Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love celebrates the Disney and Pixar animated feature films that we know and love, hence the title.

Is this book that features maps of the primary locations from the animated feature films worth adding to your collection?

There are 24 different films covered in this book. The films span the entire history of the Disney Company from its first animated feature film to the most recent blockbusters.

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,
  • Pinocchio,
  • Bambi,
  • Alice in Wonderland,
  • Peter Pan,
  • One Hundred and One Dalmatians,
  • TheJungle Book,
  • The Little Mermaid,
  • Beauty and the Beast,
  • Aladdin,
  • The Lion King,
  • Toy Story,
  • A Bug’s Life,
  • Finding Nemo,
  • The Incredibles,
  • Cars,
  • Ratatouille,
  • Up,
  • Brave,
  • Monsters University,
  • Frozen,
  • Inside Out,
  • Moana, and
  • Coco.

Obviously, they couldn’t cover every film ever released, but they do offer the most popular ones. Interestingly enough, but there aren’t any page numbers, but it won’t be difficult to navigate this title, at all.

Who is Disney Maps: a Magical Atlas of the Movies We Know and Love For?

Fans oft animated films that are included will enjoy the title. It really feels like the book is meant for the tween and younger set to enjoy with siblings or parents. It’s also a great title for anyone that wants to let their imagination explore the realms of classic and modern Disney and Pixar films.

What do you think about this new Disney book release?

Looking for the book on Disney Park maps?

Or a video on different park maps of the Magic Kingdom?


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Disney: The First 100 Years Book Review

Disney: The First 100 Years by Dave Smith

Interested in learning about the life of Walt Disney and the history of The Disney Company? Dave Smith’s book is a great introduction to the first 100 years (starting in 1901) of Walt and the Disney Company. The book covers his life, animation, live-action films, theme parks and o many other projects.

Disney: The First 100 Years Video Review

Looking for other books about Walt Disney?


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1983 Disney World Pictorial Souvenir Book

1983 Disney World Pictorial Souvenir Book

What better way to while away the moments than leafing thought the pages of a vintage Walt Disney World Souvenir Guidebook?

Disney produced a massive amount of guidebooks, souvenir guides and retrospective books about Disneyland, yet struggled to properly convey what the Vacation Kingdom of the World was really about. With publishing plenty of titles in the 1970s, they still focused on trying get the idea of Walt Disney World across. How do you promote 43 square miles? Especially during pre-internet times?

1983 Walt Disney World Pictorial Souvenir Video Review

Disney found themselves promoting two theme parks, three hotels, a campground, and various recreation activities in a 36-38 page book. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for details, but does show what Disney felt was important about the Central Florida resort.

I still think of how many kids bought these books at the Emporium on Main Street or at their hotels as their souvenir from the family vacation. And then they spent hours just being mesmerized by the photos and brief text. Just a way to relive a past vacation and dream of the next one.

Check out my post about the 1977 pictorial souvenir.

Do You Own This WDW Book?


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Walt Disney World a pictorial souvenir

Walt Disney World, a pictorial souvenir from 1977

Walt Disney World, a pictorial souvenir is a series of small-form guide books that Disney released during the 1970, 1980s and early 1990s. They were souvenir books geared towards having an inexpensive memento of your family vacation. They were also a quick way to share the concept for Walt Disney World with friends and family. The books covered the Magic Kingdom, the resort hotels, the dining, the shopping, and all of the recreation. All in about 36-38 pages.

Not really enough space to cover the Vacation Kingdom of the World. Or is it?

Check out my WDW Pictorial Souvenir Video

The books evolved over the years, with each version becoming a little glossier. The photos improved, as did the presentation. But the coverage shrank, as well. The first few years only covered the Magic Kingdom, the two resorts, Fort Wilderness, the Golf Resort (I’m not sure why the Golf Resort was separate), and the recreation. Disney added parks and resorts (like Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios) and the real estate of the book shrunk, as well.

A handful of pictorial souvenir guide books from the first three decades of Walt Disney World. They really like purple.

Do You Own any of the Disney World Pictorial Souvenir Books?


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The Ultimate EPCOT Center Book!

The Ultimate EPCOT Center Book!

Are you looking for the ultimate EPCOT Center book?

A book that chronicles the design and construction of one of the world’s favorite theme parks?

One that shares concept artwork, models and opening day photographs?

Then look no further than Walt Disneys EPCOT by Richard Beard.

Check out my video review of the 1982 must-have EPCOT Center book!

There are three different editions of this book. Make sure you pick up all three if you want complete your collection. Check out this link to see the three different editions.

What’s Your Favorite EPCOT Center book?