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Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look At Making the Magic Real

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Making dreams come true is what Disney does best -- and the Imagineers unite art and science to create a world in which reality surpasses imagination. The Imagineers are like Santa's elves: they are the nuts-and-bolts workers who allow Disney's magic to take flight. Walt Disney Imagineering explains in colorful detail the making of the magic of Walt Disney World, Disneylan ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 7th 1998 by Disney Editions (first published 1996)
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There's a ton of fantastic images in here, mostly early concept art for the various Disney parks and attractions. It's a must look at for fans of the Disney parks. The written content is, sadly, a little on the shallow side. It's a very light, very brief look at the creative process of WDI. But there's little to no depth, and few specifics. It doesn't give a sense of what it's really like to work at WDI. It's also, large format aside, a very quick read. But very much worth looking at, if only fo ...more
Andrew Frueh
This book is a wealth of amazing concept art and photography of the design process. Beyond that, it falls short. The writing reeks of corporate propaganda. The biggest problem is that it lacks any real substance. The book spends two hundred pages painting Imagineering as a wonderland for creative people, but anyone with a brain in their head knows that's a fantasy. I believe that the folks at Imagineering have the opportunity to do some wonderful things, but at the end of the day I know they sti ...more
Rick Ludwig
The content is a little thin on detail, but it is always interesting to go even slightly behind the scenes. I sense the heavy hand of corporate on this. Walt had it right that you only need to fear copycats if you stop innovating. Oh well.
Love this book. I had the pleasure of working with one of the authors, a member of the Imagineering "Book Team", Bruce Gordon. We lost Bruce a few years ago and his friendship and support as well as his kind spirit meant a lot to me and those he worked with at WDI. I highly recommend this books for the collector of Disney books.
A very tall book which for my tastes does pretty well covering the Imagineer domain. A lot of info about the other parks too, which is ok but what I really looked forward to was a big coffee book about Disneyland. Regardless this is a great coffee table book and an awesome conversation piece, as well as having tons of pictures about concepts and early models for a lot of attractions. Just a fun "curl up and let your lap fall asleep because it's so heavy" book.
Craig Williams
There is not a lot of text to this book, but there are a ton of pictures and that does not even begin to describe it. This book is the greatest book that any Disney parks fan could ever possibly read and is possibly even considered the holy grail of Disney books. This book shows all of the background that goes into making the Disney parks and you get to see how it starts from just an idea and progresses to reality. It is almost indescribable.
What a fantastic read! The pictures are gorgeous pieces of art in their own right and breathtaking insights into Disneyland attractions of the past, present and even those that never made it off the drawing board. The story is easy to follow from cover to cover as you walk through the creative process of all Imagineers. Beautiful book and engaging read. Certainly a favorite.
Fun book! Great stories and illustrations. If you love Disney or art or ideas than this book is worth a read! I love the history that is told about the projects and places that came to be and even the things that didn't come to be! :) A student recommended it to me and let me borrow it. It was a textbook for one of her sister's classes at UCLA.
It give the history of how Walt Disney Company became what it is today. Also goes into detail about how the artist/designers came up with rides, movies etc. Wonderful coffee table book.


The pictures and captions in this are really fun but the rest of the text is just Disney corporate text. Also this mainly seem focused on EuroDisney.
An amazing window into the designs and engineering challenges of building amusement parks, including concept sketches and evolution of ideas.
Richard Harrison
A truly beautiful picture replete with gorgeous background art that is a wonderful resource for Disney park aficionados.
Vania Liberoff
Todo lo que tenga que ver con Walt Disney y su obra de vida me llama. Y este libro contiene historias maravillosas.
May 07, 2010 Lakin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone, especially Disney fans.
who better to write a book about Imagineering than the Imagineers, themselves? This was such a great book.
It was fun to read this and learn a little bit more about the park I basically "live" in. lol.
Amanda Wheet
A lovely book, amazing to look at the potential of WDI. Sometimes it feels a bit wasted right now.
Excellent book! Great insight and details. This makes for a great coffee book.
I have dreamed of being an Imagineer since I was 5 years old.
Awesome insight into the world of Disney Imagineering!
Abraham Ray
nice disney book for disney movie lovers!
I want to be an imagineer soooo bad!!!!
andy orin
Gorgeous illustrations.
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