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

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595800336
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • 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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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    Fascinating Read for the Disney Fan

    Lots of interesting stuff in this book that I haven't read elsewhere, even though I have read lots of books on Disney. Would make a great gift for the Disney fanatic in your life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Lots of information, definitely like an encyclopedia.

    Lots of information, definitely like an encyclopedia.

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  • Posted September 27, 2010

    The best book on Disneyland's history to date

    This book is as enjoyable to read as it is informative. It's a perfect reference guide for anyone who is even mildy interested in the history of "The Happiest Place On Earth."

    I do wish that the book included a section that detailed the park's conception and construction, as well as a chronological time-line or some sort of chronological section that also offered more of a general history of the park aside from the attractions. It also only includes photos the author personally took during a 2007 trip to the park, so expect to search online for images of the many now-closed attractions that you will learn about in this book.

    That being said, what the book does, it does very well. It will make you wish you could go back and experience the park as it was. After reading this book, when you visit the park, you'll be able to get a good mental picture of how the park evolved through the many decades of change and renovation.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

    Outstanding reference source for Disneyland fans!!

    An exhaustively-researched book on Disneyland, it's attractions, shops, and restaurants. A must for any die-hard Disneyland fan.

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