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Children's LiteratureNow it is almost hard to remember that Disney created a revolution not only in animation, but also in theme parks. John Hench has worked for Disney for over 60 years. A profound respect for the people who attended theme parks was a key factor in how they developed their projects. That meant waiting in lines with customers, going on rides with them and talking to them. The Disney "Imagineers" wanted to see their guests in the park to find out what they needed to enjoy a story environment. Disneyland was considered a three-dimensional film. They used storyboards to design sequences of experiences for guests. Everything was to be part of the story. This was a new idea in entertainment. Even the vehicles for transporting guests around the park needed to be attractions in themselves. The park staffs are called cast members and are costumed appropriately. This is a fascinating look at design expertise, a real interest in pleasing people and an empire created by the genius and hard work of Walt Disney and the talent he found to implement his vision. This coffee table book is richly illustrated with photographs of the parks, working drawings, and other documents the designers used in their work. 2003, Disney, Ages 8 up.