Friday, October 29, 2021

This just in from Jim Korkis:

[Vault of Walt Volume 10: Final Edition brings to a close the best-selling decade-long series of books that showcased the rarely told and out-of-the-ordinary stories of Disney history that never appear in any other books.


The books are each divided into four distinct sections devoted to Walt Disney, Disney films, Disney theme parks and oddball niche material.   All of these tales are based on decades of research, dozens of exclusive interviews with people who worked at Disney and obscure, long out-of-print magazines and articles. 


These stories have helped to fill in many gaps in Disney history as well as being praised by Walt Disney’s oldest daughter, Diane Disney Miller.   Disney historian Jim Korkis has tried to squeeze in even more stories that usual for this final volume.


This particular edition highlights how a young Walt Disney survived a virus pandemic that took the lives of millions of Americans, the complete story of every project comedian Robin Williams did at the Walt Disney Company, how Walt Disney World handles the threat of hurricanes, and a detailed look behind the creation of Jessica Rabbit.


That’s only the beginning!  Stories about Walt’s personal adventures in Hawaii, the true story behind Disneyland’s Indian Village, a lengthy overview of Disney postage stamps and the behind-the-scenes information on films like Enchanted, Dick Tracy and Condorman as well as much, much more fill these pages to overflowing.


With the recent flood of Disney related books and the ever-increasing difficulty in finding and verifying obscure information, it is now an appropriate time to conclude this popular series of ten books that will all remain in print to inform and entertain Disney fans as well as provide valuable and accurate research material for future scholars. 

Walt Stories

First Official Walt Disney Biography

Young Walt Survives the Pandemic

The Walt Disney U.S. Postage Stamp

Walt Disney’s Final Awards

Hawaiian Walt

The Walt and Lilly Love Story

Film Stories

The Making of Enchanted (2007)

Disney’s Dick Tracy (1990)

Robin Williams at Disney

Condorman (1981)

The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh (1964)

Goofy’s Freeway Phobia (1965)

Theme Park Stories

Disneyland’s Indian Village

From Swiss Family to Tarzan Treehouse

Monsanto’s Adventure Thru Inner Space

Story of Toy Story Land

Walt Disney World Versus the Hurricanes

The Opening of Disney MGM Studios

Other Disney Stories

A Brief Glimpse at Disney’s Philatelic History

Lux Radio Theater: The Disney Adaptations

Roy Williams

Disney Family Album

Dumbo’s Mothers

Jessica Rabbit: Drawn to Be Bad]

Friday, October 15, 2021


In the context of my research about Mickey Mouse on Stage and on Radio in the 1930s, I am trying to find a volunteer based in Toronto who would be willing to conduct some research in person at the Archives of Toronto (in the T. Eaton Company Fonds). 

If you would like to help, could you email me at

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Claude Coats -- Walt Disney's Imagineer is definitely one of the great Disney history books of the season. Kuddos to Dave Bossert and Alan Coats!

At 101 Ruthie was still answering my emails from her iPhone. I am saddened at the news of her passing at 111, but what a wonderful life!

Monday, October 11, 2021

Why would I mention this cook book on the Disney History blog? 

Simply put, because, thanks to author Marcy Carriker Smothers, what used to be just a beautiful book about Disney food has now been updated to include several sections about historical facts related to Walt Disney World restaurants and their history, including some wonderful pieces of concept art which I had never seen before. To make matters even better, several of those pieces are by Disney Legend Dorothea Redmond.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

I just got a heads up from my friend David Peake about these two upcoming books. I will definitely pick up both the one about The Little Mermaid and the one about The Lion King!


Thursday, October 07, 2021

I just spotted this upcoming book (March 2022) and will order a copy as soon as pre-order of the physical version becomes available on Amazon. 

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

This book was released a few months ago and I should have mentioned it much earlier. The author, Renée Farrington, is the daughter of Disney artist Ray Patin (one of the talented animators of Disney's Golden Age). Her heavily illustrated and beautifully written memoir takes us from the Golden Age of animation all the way to her most recent adventures in the shadow of the Hollywood sign. This is truly a delightful read.

There are a few chapters about her father's career at Disney and after Disney, with some great, never-seen-before illustrations. However the book is Renée's autobiography and therefore most of its is not about Disney, but about what it was like to grow up in Hollywood, "in the shadow of the sign."

Friday, October 01, 2021

Did one of you happen to buy this lot recently? If so, could you please email me at Thanks in advance,