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    Best Imagineering book?

    I wasn't sure where to ask, but I know would get a quick answer here. Which was the supposedly best imagineering book to get? I have a gift card I need to use . I think it was one of these (year 2003 & 2007):

    http://www.amazon.com/Designing-Disn...e=UTF8&s=books

    http://www.amazon.com/Disneys-Legend...656786-1851850

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    Re: Best Imagineering book?

    I actually highly recommend this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Walt-Disney-Im...e=UTF8&s=books

    It's really great with tons of behind the scenes pics

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    Re: Best Imagineering book?

    I think it depends on what you are looking for specifically. John Hench's Designing Disney is a wonderful read. It provideds great insight into the concept of design and how the show of the parks is established.

    Legends of Imagineering still hasn't been released. So I can't comment.

    Walt Disney Imagineering is much bigger than Designing Disney. It has a lot of nice pictures from WDI. I haven't read most of the actual text.

    I'd recommend both Designing Disney and Walt Disney Imagineering.

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    Re: Best Imagineering book?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain EO View Post
    I actually highly recommend this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Walt-Disney-Im...e=UTF8&s=books

    It's really great with tons of behind the scenes pics


    Yup, that book is the must-own for any fans of imagineering as it covers all aspects and all parks. It doesn't cover the most recent attractions but it covers a wide range of everything else.

    The John Hench book is also good because he's an amazing talent, but it doesn't give you everything.


    And I also recommend this one, though it's pricier:

    http://www.amazon.com/Brush-Disney-A...e=UTF8&s=books

    works of Herb Ryman


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    Re: Best Imagineering book?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain EO View Post
    I actually highly recommend this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Walt-Disney-Im...e=UTF8&s=books

    It's really great with tons of behind the scenes pics

    I have this book and designing disney..I read designing disney. Itw as ok. I haven't read the linked book yet and I've had if for a more than a year.

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    Re: Best Imagineering book?

    The latter one you mentioned, allegedly due out this year, has been pushed back a few times now. I'm hoping it will surface eventually...

    I heartily second Captain EO's recommendation of Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look At Making the Magic Real , a book that I have gone through cover to cover or more than one occasion.

    May I also humbly suggest:

    Around the World with Disney (Disney Editions - May 2006): Previously available as a Theme Park exclusive, this attractive hardcover volume does just what the title promised - takes you around the world with Disney. With the exception of the Hong Kong park, all of the theme parks are represented: Disneyland, Walt Disney World Florida, Tokyo and Paris. By no means a perfect book - it spends some 12 pages on the Carousels of the parks, while it only spends 8 on the unique and variety Haunted Mansions, Pirates of the Caribbean and Tower of Terror combined - it reads more like an in-park souvenir guide than a serious comparison of the parks. If you are content to simply look at pictures of the theme parks, and given how far I am from a Disneyland pictures will have to suffice for now, this is a beautifully presented pictorial of the Disney parks that is easy to recommend as a gift or a coffee table book. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a more in-depth overview of the park, you may have to look elsewhere.

    Disneyland: Then, Now and Forever
    Disney Editions, May 2005, SRP: $24.95

    Disneyland celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2005, and you can bet that the merchandising machine is taking advantage of it. While we all wait for the visual wonders that the long-delayed Secrets, Stories & Magic of the Happiest Place on Earth DVD will hold, Disney Editions has brought a glorious 190-page celebration of the history of the California Resort. In much the same vein as the long out-of-print Disneyland: The First Quarter Century and Disneyland: The First Thirty Years, Imagineer Bruce Gordon and marketing executive/Disney expert Tim O'Day bring us a nostalgic look at the history of the original Disneyland Park, and its California Adventure extension. After brief introductions from actress Julie Andrews, who is the Honorary Homecoming Ambassador, and Michael Eisner, former CEO of the Walt Disney Company, we are given a wonderful visual and textual history of the park. Accompanying the informative text is an enormous collection of sketches, maps and early construction photos of many of the major attractions that now populate the park. In addition to those rides and attractions that still remain, we get an inside look at long-extinct attractions such as Submarine Voyage and Indian Village, which predates both Bear Country and Critter Country. Indeed, the best part of this book is the wealth of images of a Disneyland past, along with a section dedicated to unbuilt attractions, such as International Street and Liberty Street. Even the most dedicated Disneyland aficionado is bound to find something new or exciting about this book. This is about as close to a definitive Disneyland book that we are going to get for a long time. Disneyland: Then, Now and Forever is presently available through Disney Theme Parks and Downtown Disney only.


    Art of Disneyland (Disney Editions - September 2006)/140 pages/Jeff Kurti & Bruce Gordon

    With Disneyland celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2005, Disney wasted no opportunity to publicize that milestone. With some excellent books being published over the last year - including the comprehensive park-exclusive Disneyland: Then, Now and Forever (reviewed above) - Disneyland fans have been spoiled for choice.

    This latest entry, another one that was previously exclusively available in the theme parks but has now been released to the wider market, is one of the most beautiful yet. Rather than taking a nostalgic look at the different eras of the park, or even the technical aspects of the ride-making and Imagineering, this concentrates purely on the concept art that has either been used a model for beloved rides and attractions (or even the park itself), or has at the very least inspired the Imagineers to reach for the stars.

    After a brief introduction from recently retired Imagineering legend Marty Sklar, the reader is taken through the park land by land with concept art; sketches and paintings of what would eventually become - and sometimes not become - fixtures of our favourite theme park. Covering everything from initial park concept art to Indiana Jones, artists include such big Disney names as Mary Blair, Marc Davis, Eyvind Earle, John Hench and Herbert Ryman and commentary is provided where appropriate. While there is some repeition with previous books on the marker - particularly the aforementioned Disneyland: Then, Now and Forever - and Disneyland buffs are sure to have seen much of this material before, the sheer volume of art and coffee table value alone is enough to keep most fans interested.




    Secrets of Disney's Glorious Gardens (Disney Editions - June 2006): After many delays, this book finally arrives in glorious hardcover format. If you've ever been to a Disney park, you'll appreciate that a lot of effort has gone into making it bright and beautiful and green all the year 'round. This book is far more than just a collection of photos showcasing these gardens, although it does serve that function in part, but it is really more of a gardening guide for the reader. It isn't quite like your traditional garden book either, but it does provide handy hints as to how to make your own potting mix, when the right time to plant is and so forth.

    After a brief introduction about the history of the parks, the book goes on to cover specific topics such as building an entry arbor; selecting the right plants for your region; planting a productive potting garden; and getting the right colour/border mixture. From there, a great section entitled 'Setting the Mood' examine the ways in which you can re-create the 'feel' of a Haunted Mansion through to Tomorrowland by choosing the right plants and arranging them. The 'International Flora' section concentrates largely on the World Showcase at the Walt Disney Resort in Florida, while the final section, enticingly titled 'Trade Secrets', examines how they make those topiary animals and floral portraits, such as the one at the Main Entrance of Disneyland. Maybe one day your garden will look as good as Disney's - of course, I'd be nice to have the land and money they have too.

    Probably for serious Disney Park enthusiasts only, and those that have an eye for gardening. To be honest, I just enjoy looking at the pictures.


    Other books I can recommend if you can track them down on ebay:

    - Disneyland: The First Quarter Century*
    - Disneyland: The First Thirty Years*

    *These are especially helpful at giving you an idea of the historical nature of the park, and these two have a large number of photos of 'Yesterland', as it were. The 30 year book is an almost exact replica of the previous book, so unless you are deadly serious about owning lots of Disney books, I wouldn't try and get both.
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    Re: Best Imagineering book?

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain EO View Post
    I actually highly recommend this book:

    http://www.amazon.com/Walt-Disney-Im...e=UTF8&s=books

    It's really great with tons of behind the scenes pics
    That book is my favorite of all of the "imagineering" books. There are more fantastic columns to choose from when you look toward animation (Nin Old Men and Illusion of Life for example).

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    Re: Best Imagineering book?

    I got Disneyland: Then, Now and Forever

    Cool, thanks everyone. I think I will settle with WDI: dreams

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