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    Looking at starting a Walt Disney World Library. Was looking at ebay and Amazon on WDW History.

    No idea where to start with which ones. I just ordered "Since the World Began".

    Books types might be... On the Florida Project or Construction of WDW.

    Thanks for any help. BK ( Deck 7 2011 )

    Will be down the week before Easter 2012.....

  • #2
    Re: Walt Disney World Library

    3 Must Haves in any Disney library are The Walt Disney World Trivia Book Volumes 1 and 2 written by our own Lou Mongello and The Vault of Walt by Jim Korkis
    Visits to Disney:

    February 2009: off-site 1 day trip to Epcot and Magic Kingdom

    February 2010: All Star Movies 7 days, 6 nights of magic

    February 2011: All Star Music 7 days, 6 nights of magic

    September 2012: All Star Movies 4 days, 3 nights of magic

    March 2013: All Star Movies 3 days, 2 nights of magic

    April 2013: Pop Century 3 days, 2 night of magic

    (Upcoming) January 2014 6 days, 5 nights of magic


    • #3
      Re: Walt Disney World Library

      I would argue against The Vault of Walt. While they're nice anecdotes from third parties, they're no substitute for biographical content. Neal Gabler's biography is extremely detailed and tedious but very informational. Some feel that he is a bit hard on Walt in the 40s. Bob Thomas' biography of Walt is much more intimate as Bob personally knew Walt. I also like "Disney A to Z". Even though it's out of print, you can still find copies out there. I'm constantly referencing "A to Z". I also have a book that I got as a gift called "Walt Disney World Hidden History: Remnants of Former Attractions & Other Tributes" by Kevin Yee that I have read just a few chapters from so far that is pretty darn good. The D23 Magazines are amazing resources, too. They're such great stories written by people that have access to all the things we don't. Lou's books would go in after those on my list.
      "If you can dream it you can do it."
      -Tom Fitzgerald
      D23 Charter Member


      • #4
        Re: Walt Disney World Library

        Go to the D23 website and open the "Walt Disney Archives" page. Scroll to the bottom of that page and you'll find a bibliography that covers just about every Disney topic imaginable.
        [indent]Who says you have to grow up? - Walt Disney
        07 / 1990 off property
        09 / 1992 off property
        06 / 1997 Wilderness Lodge
        07 / 2000 Port Orleans
        06 / 2002 Wilderness Lodge
        12 / 2003 Grand Floridian
        09 / 2005 Disneyland Hotel
        09 / 2006 Boardwalk
        06 / 2007 Contemporary
        06 / 2008 Riverside
        03 / 2009 Caribbean Beach
        10 / 2010 Yacht Club
        05 / 2011 Polynesian
        12 / 2011 Disneyland Hotel
        06 / 2012 Disney Magic
        05 / 2013 Grand Californian
        12 / 2013 Grand Floridian
        05 / 2015 Grand Californian
        12 / 2015 Wilderness Lodge

        2009 D23 Charter Member


        • #5
          Re: Walt Disney World Library

          Don't forget to keep an eye on also. I use the wishlist and match my price often to get my Disney literature dirt cheap. I tend to read several business books based on Disney and I'd recommend Lee Cockerell's "Creating magic".
          Gary M. Hasty
          "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." - Walt Disney


          • #6
            Re: Walt Disney World Library

            WDW books I've read
            "Realityland" David Koenig

            WDW books I'd like to read
            "Walt Disney World Hidden History" Kevin Yee
            "The Hidden Magic Of Walt Disney World" Susan Veness
            "Building A Better Mouse" Steve Alcorn (about designing EPCOT Center)
            "Project Future" Chad Denver Emerson (more about EPCOT)
            "The Imagineering Field Guides" - there are four, one for each park
            Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy.


            • #7
              Re: Walt Disney World Library

              Lee Cockerell - Creating Magic
              Bob Thomas - Walt Disney an American Original
              Jim Korkis - Vault of Walt
              Chad Emerson - Four Decades of Magic
              Charles Ridgeway - Spinning Disneys World
              Peggy Van Pelt - The Imagineering Workout
              Disney Imagineers - The Imagineering Way

              Just a few I have on my Disney shelf!
              1999 DLP, 2000 - DLP, 2002 POR, 2004 DLP, 2005 AKL, 2006/07 AKL, 2008 Four points by Sheraton (NON Disney!), 2008 - SSR, 2010 AKL, 2011 Rosen Inn @ Universal, 2012 - AKL