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The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at Its Peak

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How high? How fast? How'd they do that? The top favorites at any Disney Theme park always include the roller coasters. The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at Its Peak will tell you that and morenot only about the current Disney mountain range and its show enhancements, but about mountains unclimbed and mountains yet to be. Attractions include:

Disneyland: Matterhorn Bobsleds
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 11th 2007 by Disney Editions
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Mar 14, 2014 Sesana rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, disney
The breadth of coverage here is admirable. Probably most people asked to list Disney mountains would stop after Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain. Disneyland fans would probably include the Matterhorn, and Disney World fans like myself would probably add Expedition Everest. And they are included, of course, with some very nice images from development. But Surrell also includes California Adventure's Grizzly Peak, Tokyo Disneysea's Jules Verne-themed Mysterious Island, Dis ...more
Feb 08, 2008 Tracey rated it liked it
Shelves: disney
While this book not as in-depth as his previous works (The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies and Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies), Surrell is dealing with a much larger scope to start with and IMHO does a very pretty good job with his topic.

Presented in rough chronological order, each "mountain" in the Disney parks (domestic and overseas) has several pages devoted to it, with a description of its development, concept art, as well as a few behin
May 24, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
Are you a Disney fan who loves the "mountains" of Disney? I'm referring to Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Thunder Mountain...The Matterhorn, Expedition Everest..they're all in here and then some. This book is a must read for Disney fans, it gives you the history behind the attractions and has lots of beautiful pictures!
Apr 17, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: disney-books
Finally got a copy of this in my hands (THANKS CAST LIBRARY)after having it on a to-read shelf for years. Didn't disappoint. Great info on the mountains. If only the Yeti still worked.
Dec 16, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Everything you ever wanted to know about all the mountains in all the Disney parks. I want to go on the Mount Everest one now!
Craig Williams
Mar 19, 2012 Craig Williams rated it really liked it
This wasn't my first Disney book about the parks and attractions, but this was the first one that I took ample time to read. The main selling point of this book is Expedition Everest, which is great considering how much of a fan I am of the ride, but I think the parts that are most worthwhile are those that focus on the attractions that never were. Surrell did a lot of research and it shows. This is perfect for any fan of the Disney mountains, even if you are afraid to go on them.
May 30, 2011 John added it
Shelves: disney
Not a lot of new information here--most of what Surrell has to say will be familiar to Disney aficionados. The scope of the book means that there's not much coverage of each individual "mountain." The color plates are nice. Overall, worth reading, but not worth the eighty or ninety bucks you'll have to pay for a copy (it's out of print).
Apr 21, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Put your surprise face on! A Disney booked that I loved! So interesting to read the behind the mountain stories about these E ticket attrations in the Disney parks. Know that I will look a little closer at the details next time I visit! Loved it!
Apr 17, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel
Fun reading. Lots of great pictures and concept art. Interesting to hear how the rides might have been, had the imagineers stuck to their original designs.
Jul 04, 2008 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: personal-library
A really nice look at the mountains of Disney... but wish there were more "finished" pictures to go with all the concept sketches & paintings.
Nov 10, 2014 Gab rated it really liked it
Great book on the history and stories of the Disney "mountains". It was fun to see the concept art and pictures as each mountain was built
Oct 08, 2009 Matthew rated it liked it
Interesting book with loads of information on the earliest mountains. A but lacking in information of the international mountain ranges.
Josh McConnell
Jul 09, 2011 Josh McConnell rated it really liked it
Shelves: disney
Very specific in the nature of its topic, but still a great read nonetheless.
Nov 15, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, disney, 2013
Very interesting and will make riding the mountains more fun.
Feb 25, 2009 Kristin rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2007
Unlike Surrell's previous books, this one seemed disorganized.
Jul 23, 2008 Bayley rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, disney
Lots of fun and a must read for Disney buffs.
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