It all started with a map. . . . Maps of the Disney Parks are more than just atlases used by guests to find their way to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. They are snapshots of a place and time, relics treasured by collectors, and gorgeous pieces of artwork. In fact, it was a map-imagined by Walt Disney and drawn by Herbert Ryman-that was used to sell the idea of Disneyland to investors. Unfold this book bursting with beautiful maps from when the very first Disney Park opened in 1955 right up to today. Discover details on how and why the domestic and international parks have changed over time, and enjoy six decades worth of skillful creativity.
About the Author
Kevin Neary has coauthored The Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World (2016) with his wife Susan and four Disney trivia books (1992-2000) with Dave Smith for The Walt Disney Company as well as two baseball books (Major League Dads: Baseball's Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game, 2012, and Closer: Major League Players Reveal the Inside Pitch on Saving the Game, 2013) with Leigh A. Tobin for Running Press. Kevin has also written 715: Reflections of Hammerin' Hank & the Home Run that Made History (2015) for SkyhorsePublishing. His next baseball book will be The Manager: Rules of Engagement and will feature a collection of interviews and stories from fifty of the game's best managers over the past fifty years.
Vanessa Hunt is a Walt Disney Imagineer and a lifelong Disney aficionado. Her education is in art history, and she is part of the group responsible for the more than 130,000 pieces of original artwork preserved in the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library. She has been curator of several Imagineering exhibits featuring many of the works from the Art Library collection, and she has consulted for The Walt Disney Family Museum. Vanessa is also the coauthor of the wildly popular Poster Art of the Disney Parks from Disney Editions. She is currently designing a new book featuring the art of Disney Legend Marc Davis, and coauthoring an illustrated volume about the history of the Disney Monorail.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book itself is beautiful. However, I thought the book would show the different guide maps from the different parks. I was looking forward to seeing the rides that were in the European and Asian parks, and comparing them to the parks here in the States. I was also hoping to be able to compare Disneyland from 1955 to Disneyland today. There were a few maps that were labeled with the different attractions, but they were either to small to read or they zoomed in on only a section of the map without showing the whole map. I was pleased to see a map from Disneyland that featured the planned but never built Edison Square and Liberty Street. Overall this is a beautiful book. I was just disappointed because it was not what I was expecting.
Interesting book but it was not what I was expecting. When I first heard that there would be a book about Disney Park maps, I was thinking it was going to showcase the guide maps and all of the different "editions" of them that were used throughout the years from all of the parks. What's actually in the book is mostly concept art and fun/souvenir maps, which I didn't know was even a thing at the parks (shame on me?). And some of these maps that they do show you are really small. For some of these maps they will have one page that shows the full map where it can be hard to see the details. On another page it shows the same map but zoomed in; you see the details more but it's cropped, so you're not seeing the whole map. I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't help but be a little disappointed. I just expected a bit more than what was there.