Monday, June 21, 2010

I forgot to mention last week that I had updated the Disney Books Network. In the meantime I learned about an exciting new book about Walt Disney World to be released by Chad D. Emerson next year. A collection of in-depth essays about WDW's history by Disney historians the like of Jim Korkis, the book will pay homage to the park's 40th anniversary. Here is a short list of some of the essays that it will contain (this list is subject to changes and none of the titles are final):

1. A History of Discovery Island
2. The Connections Between Epcot and the 1939 New York Worlds Fair
3. A History of Pleasure Island
4. A History of Direct Flights in Disney's STOLport
5. The Disney World Resorts That Never Were
6. A History of the Disney World Village
7. What We Missed With the Disney Decade
8. The Sunset Blvd. That Almost Was and Is
9. The Evolution of the 3:00 parade
10. A History of Toontown Fair/Birthdayland
11. Cast Member Tributes in the Parks
12. Real World Examples of How Disney World Trips Have Helped Underprivileged Children Experience the Magic
13. Remnants: Pieces of WDW history That Remain in the Parks
14. A History of Beastly Kingdom
15. A History of Epcot's Horizons
16. The Emotional Story Behind the Carrousel of Progress
17. A History of Disney World Cast Member Folklore and Superstitions
18. Conceptual development of EPCOT from 1972-1982
19. "Vacation Kingdom" aspect of WDW in the 1970s
20. Mickey's 60th Anniversary
21. A History of the Hoop Dee Doo Revue
22. First Impressions: Arriving at the Parks
23. A History of the WDW Monorail
24. A History of Spaceship Earth
25. A History of WDW Fireworks and Nighttime Shows
26. The Evolution of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
27. Shining A Light on the Main Street Electrical Parade
28. The Birth of The Contemporary Resort Hotel & The Polynesian Resort
29. A History of Thunder Mesa
30. A History of If You Had Wings


ericpaddon said...

I will look forward to this book project and what I really hope will come across in this project is some much needed overdue respect for WDW's early years that have been too often neglected IMO. Seeing a chapter devoted to "If You Had Wings" certainly is one reassuring sign!

Michael said...

Aha... word is getting out!

Three of these are mine, and I hope they prove satisfactory. It should be a pretty neat project...

Anonymous said...

Amazon claims to have this book in stock...

Didier Ghez said...

Project Future is Chad's first book about WDW. It was released a few months ago and I mentioned it on the blog at the time. The book I am talking about here is a different one.

ericpaddon said...

What's the average length of an essay, just out of curiosity and overall how long a book is this going to be?

Didier Ghez said...

Between 2500 and 5000 words per essay and there will be between 30 and 40 of them. It looks as if this will be a GREAT book.