The brand new book in the Imaginnering Field Guide Series is completely focused on Disneyland, and the author has done a wonderful job at translating Disneyland facts and history into a wonderfully done pocket book. The Graphics are diverse and visually pleasing. Everything from models to concept art is displayed. The book is laid out very well with most attractions getting at least one full page to themselves.
Every attraction gets a somewhat detailed description of its background and its final execution process with some fun facts in between.
With that however, it becomes a Disney Censored look at Disneyland, one that real fans would probably not be very pleased with. It continues to make the reader believe that everything done at Disneyland is wonderful and always perfect. We all know that that isn't the case.
The book wastes space in almost every "new" attraction (those built past the 2002's) by spending paragraphs on how great the new additions are and how the imagineers were just so skilled with the artistry. Where was this most evident??? On the Pooh Page. Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage's page states how the subs were left to rot for 8 years because the Imaginners were pondering the whole time for a replacement, not that the attraction was closed down because of operational costs.
There is so much space wasted on that and on worthless attractions. While the entire POTC page is spent on the Johnny Depp additions and a broad paragraph on how Walt wanted a pirate ride and died before it opened, attractions like Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, Innoventions, and Pooh also get full pages full of sappy paragraphs of how wonderful they are. Innoventions is stated as a tribute to all of the corporate exhibits that opened with Disneyland in the original Tomorrowland.
Why are things like that so much of a big deal, because even The Enchanted Tiki Room didn't even get its own Page.
And guess what, It's A Small World doesn't mention the ahem, additions, in this book. But it shows off concept art of the New Guinea Scene that now lives only in our minds.
What's worse is that there are only general nods to the great attractions of the past. What is brilliant about a book like this is that it should state the similarities between attractions of the past and present. But it only does that with one, Splash Mountain and its characters from America Sings. The only place where the attraction is even mentioned. Innoventions is a waste of page space with little or no mention of the great shows that used to occupy the building, only about how great the exhibits are.
In all however, it is a good book, not one suited for the die-hard Disney fan, but to tourists who want to learn a little more about the park. Be careful about giving this book to a new Disney fan who is still learning their park history, they may get Brainwashed by some statements.