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Inventing Disneyland, the Book

I was just informed that my book about the creation of Disneyland California, Inventing Disneyland, is now available, just in time for Christmas. It's the (I hope) entertaining story of all the people not named Walt Disney who worked so hard to make this singular place a reality. Walt shows up in the story, too, of course.

This is the result of years of research and interviews with the principals, organized as a chronological journal to let you experience the process as it unfolded.

When I worked for WED Enterprises (now Walt Disney Imagineering) many years ago, I studied the original plans for Disneyland (some of which are available on the internet) in my spare time. I was lucky enough to be able to chat with Disney Legends like Herb Ryman, Sam McKim, and Bill Martin--and they were extremely generous (with everyone) with their time. Others, like C. V. Wood, Jr., I had to track down.

One thing missing from Disneyland books, in general, is a sense of context. What was happening in…