The Imagineering Process by Louis Prosperi

The Imagineering Process by Louis Prosperi

The Imagineering process is magic. And art. And science.

Imagineering is a process and it’s a system that you can apply to your life and creative work.

Louis Prosperi is a fan of Imagineering and has spent years studying and documenting the art of Disney theme park design. He sent me a review copy of his latest book, The Imagineering Process: Using the Disney Theme Park Design Process to Bring Your Creative Ideas to Life, which is the second title in his Imagineering Toolbox Series (I reviewed The Imagineering Pyramid, here).

The Imagineering Pyramid (book one) spotlights using Disney theme park design principles to develop your creative ideas. The Imagineering Process focuses on the steps to bringing your creative ideas to fruition.

The Imagineering Process: Bringing Your Creative Ideas to Life

The book is divided into three parts with fifteen chapters that take you step-by-step through the development of bringing your creative ideas to fruition. Louis does a tremendous job of distilling a daunting process into one understood by the general reader. The Imagineering Process is also a great title for anyone who has to work with a creative team.

Louis offers insights into the creative process from the Disney organization, other creative fields and his own endeavors. In some cases, the anecdotes are from Louis’s own personal experiences.

What I found most valuable about the book are the concrete examples that Louis offered. They helped to solidify the concepts as well as share real-life examples that you can follow. In some cases, the examples are famous Disney attractions, but Louis also shares projects that he worked on that are more relatable.

Each chapter is constructed like the book; he introduces the topic, gives examples, shows us how to implement them and wraps up the chapter with a checklist and questions. Louis sends us on our way with all the tools we need to take our creative ideas and implement them in our personal and professional lives.

The Imagineering Process: Disney Fans!

Just like in The Imagineering Pyramid, Louis proves he’s done his homework and provides a few gems for the Disney fans and historians. At the back of the book, you’ll find Appendix A and a Bibliography. Appendix A is Louis’s Imagineering Library. It is seven pages of books, periodicals, websites and other sources that Louis has collected over the years about Imagineers and Imagineering. Trust me: it’s an incredible list and you won’t find a better one outside of my personal collection.

The Bibliography is a five page list of all of the resources that Louis used in creating the book. Sadly, like most Theme Park Press titles, Bob McLain (the editor), doesn’t believe in endnotes or footnotes, which makes it difficult to verify what his authors are purporting. The lack of notes also diminishes the historical value of the titles for future researchers. I support Bob and what he’s doing, but I wish he would let his authors notate their sources. This really is important.

The Imagineering Process: Final Thoughts

The Imagineering Process is a must have for anyone working in a creative industry or  wants to get their creative juices flowing. The book is not full of exercises (which is good), but it’s full of solid advice and real-world anecdotes that will help you down the (often scary) path of creativity. People who manage creative groups will also find this book very helpful. Louis peppers the book with solid advice on managing creative projects from the perspective of a team leader. This book is a great addition to a manager’s toolbox!

Are You Going to Pick Up The Imagineering Process?

FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the author for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!

The Imagineering Pyramid by Louis Prosperi Book Review

The Imagineering Pyramid by Louis Prosperi, a Book Review

Wonder how the Imagineers design all of the amazing Disney attractions and resorts? Do you want to add creativity to your life and work?

Louis Prosperi is fascinated with the Disney Imagineers and the creative process. (Trust me, I’ve known him for years and he is as nerdy as me.) With his book, The Imagineering Pyramid, Lou takes his passion for Disney, mixes in his quest for creativity and creates a manual for developing and manging the creative flow. Lou takes us inside the world of imagineering and breaks down the creative process. He presents it in a way so we can use the same tools that Imagineers use to create the Disney magic we all love.

The Imagineering Pyramid is the first volume in the Imagineering Toolbox series. With the release of the second volume in the series, The Imagineering Process, I thought it would be a good time to re-visit the first book and offer a review (also, I realized that I never reviewed the first book – the review of the second volume will come soon).

The Imagineering Pyramid – What About Creativity?

Creativity is a big topic in the business world. It’s also something which many of us strive for in our personal lives. In the Imagineering Pyramid, Lou leads us through the process of adding creativity to our lives and work by understanding how the Imagineers create the magic of Disney theme parks. Through decades of research, Lou has scoured books and articles about imagineering and creativity. He translates that work into the fifteen principles which sets the imagineers apart from other creative industries. In the book, he offers concrete examples of how Disney puts the steps into practice. Lou demonstrates how we can, as well.

The Imagineering Pyramid surprised me on a few levels. The big surprise was how much I used the building blocks of the book without knowing it. Years of reading about Disney (some say obsessing over) allowed me to internalize without realizing it. Lou’s book solidified the concepts in my mind and reinforced the concepts on a grander scale. There were also many examples, which helped to ground the book in the real world. The book is not an academic treatise; it’s something you can apply and use often.

Lou submerged himself in the literature (trust me, I know every resource he listed) to pull out every detail. He created a workflow that made sense with most any creative endeavor even if it’s as simple as making a presentation! The Imagineering Pyramid is a resource you will use if you’re writing a blog post, working on a YouTube video or a corporate budget. The book also offers insight into managing the creative workflow for supervisors.

The Imagineering Pyramid – Why Should I Read This Book?

Reading The Imagineering Pyramid won’t make you an imagineer, but it will help you understand the creative process. The book will start you on your creative journey and you will think and feel creatively in your life and work. You will use these principles every day!

Fans of imagineering will love Lou’s approach, but the real treat is his bibliography and all of the resources he’s listed. If you can add these books to your library, you will be a thrilled Disney enthusiast.

Pick up The Imagineering Pyramid and add it to your Disney library; you won’t be disappointed. It’s one of the better titles from Theme Park Press and shows how passionate Lou is about the subject.

Have you read The Imagineering Pyramid? How have you added Disney creativity to your life?

FTC Disclosure: A copy was provided by the author for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links, which means that ImagiNERDing receives a percentage of sales purchased through links on this site. Thank you for your support!