Disney is a very real addiction and unless you live pretty close you probably only get to the parks every year or two. In the mean time you scour forums, read blog posts, listen to podcast and park music and maybe read some books. I do all these things too so if you are looking for some good Disney related reading here are some suggestions!
Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom by Aaron Wallace- This is a great book for fans and reluctant fans alike. It tells the back story of attractions and fun facts divided by lands. I am sure hoping this author writes more and it is easy to read, informative and very interesting.
It’s Kind of a Cute Story by Rolly Crump- If you are interested in Disney art and parks history you will want to pick this book up. It is like listening to Rolly Crump an Imagineer who is also a Disney legend tell you stories about Walt while you are sitting in his living room. It was a fascinating look at working for the company in its heyday. You will finish wanting to pick up more books by Disney Imagineers.
Vault of Walt Volumes 1 & 2 by Jim Korkis- You can sometimes hear Jim Korkis on the WDW Radio Podcast. He tells great-little known stories about Disney History. Hearing him talk about Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel at Walt Disney World made me want to pick up his books. The books are easy to read and you can take bits and pieces with you to the parks and impress your family.
The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World by Len Testa and Bob Sehlinger- This book is a true guide book but it is fully of funny quips and boatloads of good information. If you want to get a non-Disney perspective this is the go to book. The only negative thing I might say is this is a huge book and you most likely will not be reading it cover to cover.
Walt Disney by Neal Gabler- Here is a book for those people interested in the man, Walt Disney. I learned so much from this book; like the fact that Walt Disney failed so many times, was bankrupt, close to losing it all and still never gave up. You learn about his upbringing, his family, his movies, and his parks. It is a long read but very much worth it if you are interested in reading more about the man behind the parks.
Imagineering Field Guides– Disney puts out these books for each of the Florida parks and also for Disneyland. Reading these books is like walking through the parks with an Imagineer who has worked on the attractions or park layouts. These books are probably more for the super fans who love to see how Disney works.
Disney Trivia from the Vault by Dave Smith- Yes, this is a trivia book but it is a very interesting trivia book. I found it to be accurate and easily readable. It might be a good starter book for a reluctant or beginning Disney fan.
I would love to know what your favorite Disney book so I can add it to my list!