Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World

Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World Details

A propulsive history chronicling the conception and creation of Disneyland, the masterpiece California theme park, as told like never before by popular historian Richard Snow.

One day in the early 1950s, Walt Disney stood looking over 240 acres of farmland in Anaheim, California, and imagined building a park where people “could live among Mickey Mouse and Snow White in a world still powered by steam and fire for a day or a week or (if the visitor is slightly mad) forever.” Despite his wealth and fame, exactly no one wanted Disney to build such a park. Not his brother Roy, who ran the company’s finances; not the bankers; and not his wife, Lillian. Amusement parks at that time, such as Coney Island, were a generally despised business, sagging and sordid remnants of bygone days. Disney was told that he would only be heading toward financial ruin.

But Walt persevered, initially financing the park against his own life insurance policy and later with sponsorship from ABC and the sale of thousands and thousands of Davy Crockett coonskin caps. Disney assembled a talented team of engineers, architects, artists, animators, landscapers, and even a retired admiral to transform his ideas into a soaring yet soothing wonderland of a park. The catch was that they had only a year and a day in which to build it.

On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates…and the first day was a disaster. Disney was nearly suicidal with grief that he had failed on a grand scale. But the curious masses kept coming, and the rest is entertainment history. Eight hundred million visitors have flocked to the park since then. In Disney’s Land, Richard Snow brilliantly presents the entire spectacular story, a wild ride from vision to realization, and an epic of innovation and error that reflects the uniqueness of the man determined to build “the happiest place on earth” with a watchmaker’s precision, an artist’s conviction, and the desperate, high-hearted recklessness of a riverboat gambler.

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  • Justin Brendel

    Richard Snow was quite ambitious with this informative book. There is so much information in here, but it doesn't read like a book report. The book is laid out in chronological order, from Walt buildi...

  • Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ This is definitely one of the better histories of a Disney topic that I've read in a long time. Any good biography of a pers...

  • Mary Pauline M

    I really enjoyed every minute reading Disney's Land. This book was packed full of Disney history and was presented in an easy format where it felt like I was actually ' there '. Having read a few othe...

  • Claudia

    More than you likely ever wanted to know about the creation of the renowned theme park, Disneyland, California. Seriously.Dozens of books have been written about Disneyland as well as Walt Disney but ...

  • Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is the best history of Walt Disney and the creation of Disneyland that i have read over the years. As a life long Disney fan I was thrilled to receive this for review. Thank you with gratitude to...

  • Jonathan David Botchlett

    Although the summary promises “told like never before” a fair amount of this book is a rehashing of stories and information that is found in more original and entertaining sources. While it’s a ...

  • Jen

    Disney's Land tells the complete story of Disneyland from concept to the present day. This novel is one of the best histories of Disneyland that I've read (and there are quite a few out there.) The to...

  • Rebecca

    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley for honest review.Clearly meticulously researched, this was a genuinely interesting history of the building of Disneyland- from the fact...

  • Cait

    This was a lot of fun to read, and just super interesting all around. I'm now going on the hunt for a book about how Disneyland became what it is today (the changes & expansions & the development of r...

  • Lacey

    Thank you to Richard Snow, Scribner & NetGalley for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. "The Main Street lights coming on at dusk looked just as good to me in 2019 as they had in 19...