I just finished reading this book on the history of Disney World and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the resort. It's organized into chapters on the chronological events that occurred, pretty much right up till about two years ago, with interspersed chapters on other types of information, like accidents, deaths, and crimes that occurred at or about the resort.
Major players in the story are Roy Disney, Card Walker, Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, and Roy E. Disney. Walt is, for most of the story, a sort of ghostly presence, his memory and his wishes alternating between being inspiring and paralyzing to his successors.
It details construction of all four theme parks as well as many of the hotels and the water parks, and chronicles their opening travails and triumphs, as well as hitting on the relationship to Universal Studios and to the surrounding communities and businesses that rose with Disney's coming, and occasionally fell in the face of competition from Disney.
I pretty much couldn't put this book down. I borrowed if from the library, but I believe it will be a book I will purchase for my personal library.
Has anyone else read it?