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    Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    As a long-time Walt Disney World book collector, I recently started collecting Disneyland coffee table books (so, not the smaller souvenir books) after falling in love with Disneyland after visiting for the first time last August.

    You can read my full reviews and see photos of the books here: Disneyland Books - Disney Tourist Blog

    Here's my list (in order of preference) -

    1. Disneyland Nickel Tour
    2. The Art of Disneyland
    3. Disneyland: Inside Story
    4. Disneyland: Then, Now, and Forever
    5. Disneyland, Memories of a Lifetime
    6. Disneyland: Dreams, Traditions and Transitions
    7. The Magic of Disneyland and Walt Disney World
    8. Disneyland: The First Thirty Years
    9. Disneyland: Celebrating 45 Magical Years
    10. Disneyland: The First Quarter Century
    11. Disneyland: The First Thrity-Five Years

    I know I'm missing at least the current book, Disneyland Through the Decades (is it any good?), but what else, if anything, am I missing? I'm not really interested in the yearly souvenir books nor am I interested in books produced by third parties (yes, I realize Nickel Tour is one such book, but it's an exception). Should I also make an exception for the Disneyland Hotel book?

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    If you want specific attraction books, the Jason Surrell trio are pretty good: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Disney's Mountains

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    The Disneyland Encyclopedia has a lot of great information.
    "Pretty soon he would be hundreds and hundreds of miles away on the great plains and deserts, and among the mountains of the Far West, and would see buffaloes and Indians, and prairie dogs, and antelopes, and have all kinds of adventures, and may be get hanged or scalped, and have ever such a fine time, and write home and tell us all about it, and be a hero."
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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    Quote Originally Posted by RegionsBeyond View Post
    If you want specific attraction books, the Jason Surrell trio are pretty good: Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Disney's Mountains
    Yep, those are awesome! I own Disney's Mountains and have checked out HM and PotC from the library. I guess if we're looking at "partially Disneyland" coffee table books, I'll add that One Day at Disney is exceptional.

    What I'm wondering, though, is whether there are any Disneyland-centric coffee table books besides the ones I have on the list that are worth getting?

    Quote Originally Posted by FrontierlandFan View Post
    The Disneyland Encyclopedia has a lot of great information.
    Never heard of it, but it looks good. Is it a coffee table book? Given the price, it doesn't look like it. Still, looks worth checking out. Thanks!!!

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    Nice list! I have most of those. I also like the large Imagineering book.

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    Quote Originally Posted by HiddenMickeyBook View Post
    Nice list! I have most of those. I also like the large Imagineering book.
    The large Imagineering books are AWESOME. Actually, I should say the first large Imagineering book is awesome. The second one is sitting in our closet, sealed, waiting to be opened on Christmas. I was so bummed when Amazon delivered it that way, as it prevented me from taking an early peek. I've been told that I buy myself too many "early Christmas presents," so I have to wait on this one.

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    I just bookmarked this thread.

    And thanks Tom... you just cost me hundreds of dollars...
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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    The book about the Disneyland Hotel is outstanding, however it's extremely expensive and unless you're a total nut for that hotel, its interest may not warrant the high price.
    A terrible shame about Bruce Gordon's and David Mumford's untimely deaths--they had many more great books about Disneyland in them.

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    Quote Originally Posted by bamato View Post
    I just bookmarked this thread.

    And thanks Tom... you just cost me hundreds of dollars...
    You're welcome? What books did you get?!?!

    I consider paying it forward. Years ago, I remember seeing a photo of someone's WDW book collection on a WDW forum. It started so innocuously. I purchased Since the World Began, and hundreds of dollars later, here I am. (Here's my WDW list, if you're interested: Disney World Books - Disney Tourist Blog)

    Quote Originally Posted by Fukai View Post
    The book about the Disneyland Hotel is outstanding, however it's extremely expensive and unless you're a total nut for that hotel, its interest may not warrant the high price.
    A terrible shame about Bruce Gordon's and David Mumford's untimely deaths--they had many more great books about Disneyland in them.
    Yes, so sad.

    Jason Surreal and Jeff Kurtti are quite capable, too. Hopefully Disney will utilize them as much as possible.

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    I've started adding books to my amazon wish list. None purchased yet... but it's inevitable.

    ---------- Post added 08-05-2011 at 03:50 PM ----------

    Your #1 book is a bank breaker....

    ---------- Post added 08-05-2011 at 03:53 PM ----------

    Actually... most of them are! Those are very collectible apparently... might be a "book every quarter" type of thing!
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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    Quote Originally Posted by Fukai View Post
    The book about the Disneyland Hotel is outstanding, however it's extremely expensive and unless you're a total nut for that hotel, its interest may not warrant the high price.
    The original book is expensive because it is out of print with only a few new copies left. The new Disneyland Hotel book is not expensive, it's $35.

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    I hope to find some of these for my collection, I recently got Ten Major Disney Books and three minor disney books altogether for $50 at my local library.


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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    This thread is awsome, I have been wanting to start a collection too. I've read the Jason Surrell Disney Mountains book and it was great, I want to check out his other ones.

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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    Why is the Nickel Tour book going for $500?
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    Re: Disneyland Coffee Table Books

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneytwins View Post
    Why is the Nickel Tour book going for $500?
    I think Disneyland Nickel Tour is so expensive because both editions were small prints, both authors are now deceased, and the publisher is out of business. So it's pretty much certain there won't be future editions. I imagine it will only go up in price.

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