George: I’ve been a huge fan of the Imagineering Field Guide series since their inception in 2005 with the first Magic Kingdom title. I own all of them and consult them regularly for various projects and articles. They’re probably the best resource for theme park nerdiness outside of Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show™). Once Disney put the final touches on Disney California Adventure, it was time to release the Imagineering Field Guide to Disney California Adventure!
Jeff: The guides are a handy size, so theme park nerds (much like us) can keep them in their back pocket while exploring the Parks. The idea, of course, is the experience the lands you read about, while learning some insider information about them. The Disney California Adventure guide follows the same formula as the previous guides, and takes you land by land, breaking down the design aspects, and helping to explain some of the Imagineering terminology.
George: One of the tag lines for the series is like it’s having an imagineer in your pocket. Although that might seem uncomfortable at first, it makes sense with these books. It really is like you have an imagineer strolling down Buena Vista Street with you or showing you some of the details in Radiator Springs. As Jeff mentioned, the guide does tame some of the loftier terms and breaks them down to make them easier to understand. The guide also does a great job of pointing our and highlighting a lot of those great little details that makes a Disney park stand out from the rest.
Jeff: Exactly. They do an excellent job of explaining specific terms or design process that the reader may not know, and then go on to show an example of it used in the Park. The only downside to this is that if you own all the other volumes, you may be re-reading some of the same material twice. But it all comes together nicely. Of course, I like it best when they are pointing out Five Legged Goats, the hidden details of the Parks. While they don’t use that term in the book, we all know that is what they are referring to!
George: One of the great things about the guide is how they handle the lands. They often start with a big picture look at the area and then drill down and showcase those great little goats, er, uh, details. It makes sense and the guides are always high on my list of recommended books because of their attention to the details of the details! My biggest complaint with the series, though, is that I want larger versions of the concept artwork they feature.
Jeff: How about an Art of The Imagineering Field Guide series? I’d be down for that! But, the bottom line is that the Imagineering Field Guide to Disney California Adventure is great for new Disney fans and veterans alike. You will definitely learn a thing or two, and have a deeper appreciation for things in DCA than before!
Have you read any of the Imagineering Field Guide series? What do you think about the book?
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By Jeff Heimbuch and George Taylor
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