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Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Event in the Original Magic Kingdom
     

Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Event in the Original Magic Kingdom

by Chris Strodder, Tristan Tang (Illustrator)
 

Spanning the entire history of the park, from its founding more than 50 years ago to the present, this fascinating book profiles 500 attractions, restaurants, stores, events, and significant people from the history of Disneyland®. Each of the main entries in the book examines in detail the history of a Disneyland® landmark, including how many of

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Spanning the entire history of the park, from its founding more than 50 years ago to the present, this fascinating book profiles 500 attractions, restaurants, stores, events, and significant people from the history of Disneyland®. Each of the main entries in the book examines in detail the history of a Disneyland® landmark, including how many of the most popular attractions went through several incarnations before becoming what they are today—Tomorrowland’s Hall of Chemistry and Hall of Aluminum were transformed into the groundbreaking Adventure Thru Inner Space in 1967, and then became the popular ride Star Tours 20 years later. Read about unbuilt concepts, including Rock Candy Mountain and Chinatown, and delight in fascinating trivia about the park, such as ride statistics and attendance records. With a daily list of events, openings, and closings in the park's history, a yearly summary of attractions that came and went, simple and clear maps that correspond to the book’s 500 entries, and sidebars with additional information on each ride, this is a comprehensive and entertaining book overflowing with detail on the most-renovated, most-loved, and most-visited theme park in the world.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Strodder's love of Southern California's famous theme park shines in this essential reference book. . . . Complete in every way. . . fun to read. . . . Essential for a Disney collector."  —Library Journal

"At over 500 pages it's a grand collection of the history and trivia of Disneyland, all nicely organized with concise entries for just about everything that has been installed, exhibited, removed or considered for the Happiest Place on Earth." —www.MiceAge.com

"True to its title The Disneyland Encyclopedia documents the smallest snack cart, the shortest lived shows, the favorite restaurants and the beloved attractions inside the Disneyland Park from its 1955 opening. . . . It would be difficult to find any physical element of Disneyland that is not documented in the book's entries." —www.BetweenDisney.com

"The real achievement is having 57 years of Disneyland history in one book." —www.YesterLand.com

"His attention to detail shows and it is very important in a work of this caliber. . . . An indispensable tool for the Disneyland fan and researcher." —www.MiceChat.com

Library Journal

Strodder's (The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool) love of Southern California's famous theme park shines in this essential reference book. After the introduction, maps are provided that show each land and where the shops, restaurants, and attractions were or are currently housed. Next, he examines in alphabetical order everything that ever existed in Disneyland; each reference has a map tag so readers can go back and look at where an operation used to be. Under chronology, Strodder shows the operation's opening date and closing date, or whether it still exists (in which case it says "ongoing"). When mentioning an individual Disney legend like Bob Gurr, the designer of the original Monorail, the chronology is still used, which is a bit odd. After the map and chronology, an intriguing history fills out the entry. Complete in every way, this guide even has entries for such attractions as the Dalmatian Celebration, which lasted for six weeks at the end of 1996. Reading this book from cover to cover would be difficult, but it is perfect for browsing.
—Jeff Ayers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595800336
Publisher:
Santa Monica Press
Publication date:
05/28/2008
Pages:
479
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Chris Strodder is a website designer and the author of The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool, LockerboyStories Light and DarkSwingin' Chicks of the 60s, and The Wish Book. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

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