I’ll be spending a few days in Disneyland next week as part of the CommuniTOUR and as a general tourist. I was checking over my book collection for some Disneyland titles and wanted to share my top ten Disneyland books.
There are a lot more books about Disneyland than I could cover here, but I highlighted my absolute favorites. (I did manage to sneak in two bonus items, as well!)
- The Disneyland Encyclopedia by Chris Strodder (2012)
Check out my full review, here. Strodder’s book is a must-have for anyone interested in Disneyland. It has over 500 entries with more than 350 entries. Strodder covers approximate ride times and Disneyland restrooms!
- Seen, Un-Seen Disneyland by Russell D. Flores (2013)
Russell has just released a second edition of the book. It’s truly a Disneyland-lover’s dream solely because of the amazing amount of full-color photographs that Russell has included. He’s also done a great job of finding those little details that often go unseen by most guests.
- Disneyland Through the Decades by Jeff Kurtti (2010)
Jeff is one of my favorite Disney-related authors (and one of the most prolific) and this book doesn’t disappoint. It’s more of a love letter than a history, with some great photos that will bring back fond memories and smiles.
- Wally Boag, Clown Prince of Disneyland by Wally Boag and Gene Sands (2009)
Check out my full review, here. Wally Boag’s name is pretty synonymous with early Disneyland. Not just for his performances, but also because of how he helped shape Disneyland by his creative input through show-writing and voice characterizations. This is a great read.
Bonus Disneyland Book!
- Disneylanders by Kate Abbott (2013)
Read the full review, here. It’s very rare that there’s a good fiction book set at a Disney park. Kate has written a wonderful young adult book about a young girl on a family trip to Disneyland and the changes see she’s in herself and her life. Kate really knows her Disneyland history and layout so Disneyland fans will love the setting of the book as well as the story.
- Walt Disney’s Railroad Story by Michael Broggie (1998)
Check out my full review, here. This is the definitive work on the railroads of Disneyland and Walt Disney World. It offers a lot of biographical information on Walt Disney and the development of Disneyland. If you can find a copy, snag it!
- Disneyland Hotel: The Early years, 1954-1988 by Donald W. Ballard (2005)
Read my full review, here. It’s hard to imagine Disneyland without the Disneyland Hotel. Donald’s history is incredibly detailed and is full of amazing photographs, history and some great aerial shots.
- Jason’s Disneyland Almanac by Jason Schultz and Kevin Yee (2011)
Read my full review, here. This might be the nerdiest Disneyland book ever but it’s got some incredibly detailed information about EVERY day that Disneyland was open from 1955 to 2008, including: park hours, weather, openings, closings, events, dedications, debuts, endings and famous visitors.
Bonus Disneyland Music!
- Musical History of Disneyland (2005)
You can’t ask for much more than this, really. Six discs that span the history of Disneyland with music from every land and every time period. It’s truly spectacular.
- The Art of Disneyland by Jeff Kurtti and Brice Gordon (2006)
Read my full review, here. This is a gorgeous book by Jeff and Bruce that really shares some fantastic concept art from Disneyland’s history. Many are pre-opening, but the coverage is through the first 40 years. It’s pretty darn expensive but worth every penny.
- Disneyland, Inside Story by Randy Bright (1987)
Read my full review, here. This was the first real history book on Disneyland and pretty much every title since has used it as a reference resource. Randy looks at the first 30 years (he started working at Disneyland in 1959) and this is an essential addition to your Disneyland library.
- Disneyland, the Nickel Tour by Bruce Gordon and David Mumford (2000)
Read my full review, here. This is the most sought-after Disneyland book and with good reason. It’s the most comprehensive and most beautifully designed book about the beloved park. The postcard images tell the story in wonderful way and Bruce and David’s humor is intelligent and unparalleled. This is the best book on Disneyland period.
So, which book is your favorite? Is there one that should be in my top ten?
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