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10 books about Walt Disney
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Who Was Walt Disney? by Whitney Stewart
This book was published 12 years ago by Penguin Workshop and takes approximately 3.7 hours to read.
Highlights the life and accomplishments of the famous cartoonist who created Mickey Mouse, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Bambi and was the owner of Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland.
Walt Disney: An American Original (Disney Editions Deluxe) by Bob Thomas
Category: Performing Arts
This book was published 27 years ago by Disney Editions and takes approximately 12.8 hours to read.
Walt Disney is an American hero. From Mickey Mouse to Disneyland, he changed the face of American culture. His is a success story like no other: a man who developed animated film into an art form and made a massive contribution to the folklore of the world. After years of research, Bob Thomas (the biographer of Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and William Holden, among other Hollywood legends) produced a definitive biography of the man behind the legend of Disney: the unschooled cartoonist from Kansas City who when bankrupt on his first movie venture and developed into the genius who produced unmatched works of animation, and ultimately was the creative spirit of an international entertainment empire that has enchanted generations. Complete with a collection of rare photographs, Walt Disney: An American Original is a fascinating and inspirational work that captures the spirit of Walt Disney.
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company by Robert Iger
Category: Performing Arts
This book was published 2 years ago by Random House and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
The CEO of Disney, one of TIME's most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.
I am Walt Disney (Ordinary People Change the World) by Brad Meltzer
This book was published 2 years ago by Dial Books and takes approximately 1.3 hours to read.
"A biography of Walt Disney with a focus on his work making dreams come true for himself and for generations of children"--
Disney Devotionals: 100 Daily Devotionals Based on the Walt Disney World Attractions by Albert Thweatt
This book was published 2 years ago by Theme Park Press and takes approximately 7.1 hours to read.
Finding Grace in the Magic When Albert Thweatt began working the night shift in his new job as a paramedic, he realized he would be missing something important. The nightly, family devotionals he had always participated in with his wife and two sons now had to be done without him several nights a week. He hated that he had to miss this special time with his family, so he decided to do something about it. He began writing and emailing devotionals to his wife to be read and discussed with the family. He centered each of these devotionals around one of his favorite subjects and one he knew his family would enjoy as well: Walt Disney World. Disney Devotionals is a collection of 100 daily devotionals each based on a Walt Disney World ride, show, or other attraction. Each devotional begins with some facts, trivia, and highlights for the Disney attraction, then transitions to a thought or lesson based on the same attraction with Biblical scripture references. You and your family will enjoy this fun and inspirational collection of devotionals that will stimulate thought, discussion and growth. Journey through each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks to Disney transportation and every ride, show, and attraction in between. You will acquire lots of fun knowledge about Disney as you also learn about the Bible and the valuable lessons within. Disney Devotionals is a must-have for every family who wants to discover more about Walt Disney World while at the same time gaining valuable Biblical lessons that will help their family grow closer together.
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler
Category: Performing Arts
This book was published 14 years ago by Vintage and takes approximately 30.4 hours to read.
A portrait of the private life and public career of Walt Disney ranges from his deprived youth, to his contributions to the art of animation, to his visionary creation of the first synergistic entertainment empire, to his reclusive and lonely private world.
One Day at Disney: Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe (Disney Editions Deluxe) by Bruce Steele
Category: Photo Essays
This book was published 2 years ago by Disney Editions and takes approximately 7.5 hours to read.
Discover what it's like to report to work every day for The Walt Disney Company. Step behind the scenes to immerse yourself in one "ordinary" day at Disney. In addition to the book, the Disney+ team was on hand to capture stories along the way. A full-length documentary and 52 short-form episodes expand the profiles and delve deeper into the essence of what it's like to be a Disney cast member. On a Thursday in 2019, a small army of photographers and videographers scattered across the globe to capture what goes on beyond those tantalizing "Cast Members Only" doors - whether eavesdropping on historic endeavors or typical tasks. All the photos in this book were taken on that single Thursday, beginning early in Tokyo and following the sun around the world through Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Madrid, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and dozens of places throughout the United States. More than 40 hours after it began, the day ended as the sun set on the Aulani resort in Hawaii. On that day, some 80 Cast Members agreed to open up their workshops, dressing rooms, kitchens, cubicles, TV studios, labs, locomotive engines - and some even more surprising and diverse work spaces. They also shared their stories: childhood dreams and chapters, career pivots and triumphs, workaday hurdles and joys. It was just a day in the life, as extraordinary as any other day at Disney. As any Cast Member can tell you, a Disney job is less a destination than a limitless journey. And for just One Day at Disney, we can all tag along for the ride.
Secrets of Walt Disney World: Weird and Wonderful Facts about the Most Magical Place on Earth by Dinah Williams
This book was published 8 years ago by Sterling Children's Books and takes approximately 5.3 hours to read.
A guide to Walt Disney World in Florida shares hidden facts about how the popular destination continues to inspire and entertain people every day, providing coverage of Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World by Richard Snow
This book was published last year by Scribner and takes approximately 14.4 hours to read.
A propulsive and “entertaining” (The Wall Street Journal) history chronicling the conception and creation of the iconic Disneyland theme park, as told like never before by popular historian Richard Snow. One day in the early 1950s, Walt Disney stood looking over 240 acres of farmland in Anaheim, California, and imagined building a park where people “could live among Mickey Mouse and Snow White in a world still powered by steam and fire for a day or a week or (if the visitor is slightly mad) forever.” Despite his wealth and fame, exactly no one wanted Disney to build such a park. Not his brother Roy, who ran the company’s finances; not the bankers; and not his wife, Lillian. Amusement parks at that time, such as Coney Island, were a generally despised business, sagging and sordid remnants of bygone days. Disney was told that he would only be heading toward financial ruin. But Walt persevered, initially financing the park against his own life insurance policy and later with sponsorship from ABC and the sale of thousands and thousands of Davy Crockett coonskin caps. Disney assembled a talented team of engineers, architects, artists, animators, landscapers, and even a retired admiral to transform his ideas into a soaring yet soothing wonderland of a park. The catch was that they had only a year and a day in which to build it. On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates…and the first day was a disaster. Disney was nearly suicidal with grief that he had failed on a grand scale. But the curious masses kept coming, and the rest is entertainment history. Eight hundred million visitors have flocked to the park since then. In Disney’s Land, “Snow brings a historian’s eye and a child’s delight, not to mention superb writing, to the telling of this fascinating narrative” (Ken Burns) that “will entertain Disneyphiles and readers of popular American history” (Publishers Weekly).
We estimate total reading time by multiplying a book's page count by an average reading speed of 2 minutes per page. Summaries sourced from Google Books.
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