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The Imagineering Field Guide to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

The Imagineering Field Guide to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World was first published in 2005 and this latest edition was updated and republished on December 8, 2009.

All four books are written by Alex Wright in conjunction with some of the Imagineering team and published by Disney Editions in paperback format.

They are designed to help you understand why Disney built the parks the way they did and are small enough to carry around with you; it is like walking around the park with an Imagineer as your guide.

It is like walking around the park with an Imagineer as your guide

If you are a fan of the Magic Kingdom then this book will provide interesting snippets of trivia and behind the scenes details about the park and it’s attractions that you might otherwise miss. It will help you spot the subtle and clever touches that make up the whole Disney experience.

The Imagineering Field Guide to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World starts with a brief introduction to the art of imagineering; the combination of imagination and engineering. Imagineering covers many disciplines including design, story writing, lighting, graphics, props, sound, media, special effects, landscaping and engineering.

Format: Paperback
Page: 128 pages
Publisher: Disney Editions
Date: December 8, 2009
ISBN: 1423124685
Size: 7.7 x 3.9 x 0.5 inches

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The book then takes you through each of the eight “lands” of the Magic Kingdom in turn with the history and story lines behind the attractions along with design and construction details including concept artwork, sketches, scale drawings and photos.

Anecdotes from the imagineers themselves help explain why things are done the way they are. For example, how the planting for the Jungle Cruise ride was achieved on a budget to both look realistic but also survive the Florida climate.

In conclusion there is a comprehensive bibliography if you want to learn more about Walt Disney and the development of the Disney parks.

By their very nature as ‘field guides’ they are quite small books with both small print and small illustrations. If you are after a more in depth view on imagineering then Disney also publish two large coffee table sized volumes, Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real and the sequel, Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real.

Note that most guide books are re-published annually so you can often pick up a bargain if you don’t mind last year’s edition.

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