Are you a Disney fan? A fan of the Disney parks? A big Disneyland fan? Even wonder what type of shops there are in the park, what rides are there? What events and parades are going on these days? And how the Disneyland of the past was? Well The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition answers all of these questions and so much more!
Since it’s humble beginnings in the mid-1950’s, Disneyland has captured the imagination of millions of visitors. Author Chris Strodder launches his new, completely updated and expanded The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition (Santa Monica Press/April 2017) with over 50 new entries and 300 new photos. The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition spans the entire history of the park, from its founding more than 60 years ago to the present day.
This fascinating book features detailed explorations of 600 Disneyland topics, including lands, attractions, restaurants, stores, events, and significant people. Each of the main encyclopedia entries illuminates the history of a Disneyland landmark, revealing the initial planning strategies for the park’s iconic attractions and detailing how they evolved over the decades.
Paralleling Disneyland’s continuous growth, The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition is the largest yet. Since the first edition appeared in 2008 with 502 entries, Strodder has added another hundred. There are 55 brand-new entries for this third edition. Among them are:
- new structures that have recently joined or will soon join the park (including Star Wars Land)
- new exhibits (see Season of the Force)
- new events and parades (Egg-stravaganza, Paint the Night, etc.)
- new profiles of Disneyland’s Imagineers and performers (like Tony Baxter, Steve Martin, and the Side Street Strutters)
- new entries for movies and books with scenes set in Disneyland (Saving Mr. Banks and Little Man of Disneyland)
- and all-new individual entries for some longtime Disneyland favorites (Big Thunder Trail, Fort Wilderness, Mailboxes, Mouse Ears, Windows of Enchantment, and many more)
In addition, Strodder added topics that aren’t exactly inside Disneyland, but they’re still important to its history: entries for Harbor Boulevard, the Heliports, and new profiles of some influential “outsiders” who helped shape and support the park (such as Arrow Development, Ray Bradbury, and Keith Murdoch).
Enriching this unique A-to-Z chronicle are profiles of the personalities who imagined and engineered the kingdom known as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Discover unbuilt concepts, including Liberty Street, Rock Candy Mountain, and Chinatown, and delight in fascinating trivia about long-lost Disneyland features, from the real rifles in the shooting gallery that was once located on Main Street to the jet-packed Rocket Man who flew above Tomorrowland. The new “Mouscellany" feature adds fun facts, hidden secrets, and odd trivia to the third edition.
I was very fortunate to be able to check out a copy of The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition. As you may have guessed we love Disney. We love to visit the parks as much as we can and we visit Walt Disney World at least two times a year. But Disneyland is a treat for us, we only get to visit every few years so when we do we are pretty excited and we want to soak in as much as we can. I was very excited to have the opportunity to read this book, especially since we are headed back to Disneyland this summer!
Disneyland is like to other, from one of a kind snacks that you can only get there to amazing character interactions that can only happen at Disneyland, as much as we love Disney World, I think we love Disneyland even more. Disneyland has a quaintness, and charm that is all its own. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all about the rides, the shops and the experiences that are still there and that have come and gone. One of the experiences that I have never done and is closed for now (hopefully not for good though?) is the Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes, I am so sorry to have missed this classic experience in the park, I hope it is open for our next visit!
This book is so much more than just information about Disneyland, this book transports you there! If you are planning a trip, or if you would like to learn more about a park you would love to visit one day, this is for you. If you are looking for a great insight to a park that fans have loved for over 60 years be sure to pick up a copy of The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition the retail price is $19.95, and the book is available at bookstores and online starting 4/11/17. Would you like to pick up a copy? I would love to hear what you think of this informative book?
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