Disney's Land

Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World

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Publisher Description

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).

GENRE
Business & Personal Finance
RELEASED
2019
December 3
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
432
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
54.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Red Five $. ,

Great Read!

Richard Snow is definitely a Great Historian & Storyteller.
Really enjoyed the sections that talked about how much Walt Disney enjoyed Trains - especially Steam Locomotives. That was very personal & meaningful to me as my late Father was a Railroad enthusiast and Model Railroader. My Dad & Walt Disney definitely would have been friends when it came to Steam Locomotives and all the Power, Speed, and Majesty they embodied. Railroads built America and it’s only fitting that Walt was inspired by a Train Fair in Chicago. I also find it inspiring that Walt was a Risk-Taker and went after his Dreams Full Steam! Thanks to Richard Snow for Insightful piece of essential American History.

J. Hartman ,

Disney's Land

Born in 1948, i grew up under the enormous influence of Disney. The movie "Bambi" was perhaps my first memory and that memory led me to making friends with a wild yearling buck this past summer. After finally getting to Disneyland in 1961 and being fascinated with Main Street, I had the enjoyable experience of watching the resurrection of my home town Marshall, Michigan, the closet thing I've ever seen to what Disney's Main Street inspires. Decades later I renovated my own 1874 house in Fredericksburg, Virginia's historic district.

And today, i'm still engaged with the hope that Americans can find a way to treasure their past and look forward to the future, just as Walt would've wanted it. This book reminded me of where that hope came from.

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