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 Mountains Book Video Review

Disney Mountains Video Book Review

Love the Disney Mountains?

Does the idea of tackling Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and Splash Mountain make you strap on your Disney lederhosen for a fun day at the parks?

What about Matterhorn Mountain? Or Mount Mayday or Mount Gushmore? Have you ever experienced Mount Prometheus? And don’t forget about Grizzly Peak orExpedition Everest.

And if you want learn everything there is about the Disney Mountains from all of the Disney Parks worldwide…where you look?

Check out my Video Review of The Disney Mountains by Jason Surrell

What’s Your Favorite Disney Mountain?


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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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HersheyPark by Charles J Jacques Book Review

HersheyPark: The Sweetness of Success by Charles J. Jacques Book Review

HersheyPark: The Sweetness of Success was published in 1997 by noted amusement park historian Charles J. Jacques. The 221 page book covers the history of the famed park built by M.S. Hershey from its inception to the mid-1990s. Fans of HersheyPark will love this book as Jacques created a work that offers a unique perspective on how this park grew from a company picnic ground to one of the premier parks in the world.

Jacques begins the tale with Milton Snavely Hershey (referred to as M.S. Hershey in the book), a figure that dominated the confection industry and helped define standards for amusement parks (rather unintentionally). Most Disney fans will easily spot the resemblance between M.S. Hershey and Walt Disney. Both ascribed to create a legacy beyond themselves. Hershey focused on the community that he had built for his employees and the ensuing community park that evolved into HersheyPark. Disney, always forward thinking, worked on his designs for planned community centered around the Florida property, as well as innovations in entertainment.

The Importance of HersheyPark

Fans of amusement parks and amusement park history understand that parks didn’t spring up overnight. The evolution of amusement parks can be traced back hundreds of years; we wouldn’t see the modern park until the early twentieth century. Disneyland set the standard for theme parks, but there had been thousands of amusement parks in the United States since the 1900s. During the golden age of amusement parks (the 1920s), there were more than 2000 parks and roller coasters across the country.

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Pennsylvania a few times to experience the parks that helped define the modern amusement park. Visiting the Keystone State offers a unique glimpse at the history of amusement parks. Knoebels is more of a classic trolley park that offers a view of a park from the early twentieth century.Kennywood (besides offering classic rides found nowhere else) is the next generation and has the feel of a 1950s pre-Disneyland amusement park. Finally, HersheyPark, with its rich history, is a thoroughly modern amusement park that offers thrills and family fun.

Why You Should Read This Book

Jacques really knows his stuff. He grew up in Pennsylvania visiting the local parks as a child and then returned with his children. Obviously, from this book and his book on Kennywood, Jacques spent a lot of time documenting the park with photos and by collecting ephemera. Any fans of HersheyPark are going to love the in-depth history while amusement park fans will want add this book to their collection as it is a wonderful example of a pertinent and engaging book.

Yes, the book ends at 1996, so we are missing 25 years of current history, but anyone familiar with HersheyPark from the 1980s or earlier will devour this book.

Within the 17 chapters, Jacques weaves a story of HersheyPark that shares the history of the park, the people, and the community. The park was always community-focused, and this is obvious based on the narrative of the first 50 years.

Inside HersheyPark: The Sweetness of Success

The book is replete with photos. Many are from the Hershey Community Archives and straddle the life of the park. The first few chapters focus on M.S. Hershey and his rise to fame. Jacques introduces the key players of the park and how it came to be.

Jacques traces the history of the park’s development through maps, newspaper articles, and interviews. He shares highs and the lows of the park, which were mirrored by M.S. Hershey’s success, as well. When the company was doing well and M.S. Hershey was flush with resources, he spent more on the park, usually in the forms of new attractions or landscaping. During the lean years, or when the Hershey Company was facing financial woes, the park suffered, as well.

When M.S. Hershey was alive, he usually funded park expansions with his own money.

He also covers the litany of performers and special events throughout the years. It’s rare to find a resource that delves so deeply into the culture and history of an amusement park. I commend Jacques for his attention to detail and ultra-nerdiness concerning the park’s history. The story he tells is more than just of an amusement park, but he includes the community, of which it’s hard to discern where one starts and ends.

Documenting the history of any place requires a firm grasp of the subject and the ability to properly frame the story. Jacques never buries us in an avalanche of facts and figures that don’t propel the reader and the story. Jacques is able to structure the story in regards to the timeline of the park so that you can follow and keep up with all of the changes.

Why This Book is Important

Jacques’ book is a rare look at the development of a community park as it evolved. HersheyPark grew into a trolley park then into an amusement park and, finally, into a world-class theme park. You get a solid overview of what the history of American amusement parks was.

If I had one wish for the book, it would be to have more space to breath. In other words: more pages in the book would have allowed Jacques to spend more time discussing the rides. He covers so much history that it can be overwhelming, but that’s good for a history book.

HersheyPark fans need to own this title. Amusement park fans will enjoy it, as well.

Have you visited HersheyPark? What’s your favorite ride?


Check out my video on the history of amusement parks



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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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Cedar Point History Book

Cedar Point History Book

This new Cedar Point history book by Ken Miller is so much more than a history book. Rolling Through The Years: A Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology is probably the greatest amusement park book ever written. Sure, I still love The Nickel Tour and the Marc Davis books, but Ken’s new Cedar Point book is the prototype for how a history and chronology book should be written.

The Cedar Point history book measures in at 12″ X 18″.

I bought my copy online and couldn’t wait to break the spine, so to speak. I’ve visited Cedar Point twice and I had two more trips scheduled this summer, but had to cancel them. I didn’t even read the blurb on the back of the book before starting this video so I could experience it firsthand.

Rolling Through The Years: A Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology Video Preview

Why Should I Buy This Book?

Fans of Cedar Point have to add this book to their collection. Besides offering an incredible history, it is a way to experience the much loved  amusement park like never before. Amusement and theme park fans should add this book to their collection due simply to the breadth and depth of knowledge and history presented in one place. Authors like Ken need the support to create lasting works like this. Die-hard Disney fans need to visit Cedar Point. I know many will scoff at this, but there is a reason that Cedar Point has been around for 150 years.

Check Out My Other Cedar Point Posts


Visit the publisher to order a copy, and tell ’em that George sent ya!

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