Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance Hardcover – Feb 15 1998
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From the project's genesis in meetings between Nicholas Osberg (Chief Curator, CCA) and Marty Sklar (Creative Director, Walt Disney Imagineering), an agreement was reached whereby every historic file and document at The Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney Attractions, and Walt Disney Imagineering was made available to the exhibition's research team. Together, they met the awesome challenge of providing an in-depth analysis of the cultural phenomenon that began with Walt Disney's original theme park known as Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
As the project's director of research and curator of the exhibition, Karal Ann Marling has assembled a text that not only details the architectural elements of creation and design, but integrates the historic backstory and visual wonderland that led to the creation of the Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, and Paris.
The book was written to supplement an art exhibit of the same name and, in many ways, feels a bit incomplete without its exhibition, partly because the book tries to cover a lot of territory in its two hundred or so pages. And a lot of the book's pages are used for the essays. But the essays also provide the readers with another "way of seeing" the imagineers' works, something that other books of this type tend to forgoe for more pictures. The essays are irreplaceable for this book--and many are useful for re-examining other books' materials as well (Try it!).
Particularly useful for the Disney enthusiast is the criticism of Disney criticism by Greil Marcus. He astutely summarizes much of the current criticism of Disney: "All [the works mentioned earlier in the essay] have their moments of interest and all devolve quickly into a kind of critical voice that can perhaps best be called spite. This is not a good posture from which to practice criticism--an angry defensiveness, a fear that somehow one's faculties or tools of analysis are not up to the job disguised as contempt for the job itself....Read more ›
They also focused on criticism to show Disney's effect on our culture, but there are countless books that go over that.
I was hoping for new material with the same insight on the development for the parks & attraction that "Walt Disney Imagineering : A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real" contained.
I enjoyed the book, but given what was at the exhibit, I can't help but be a little disappointed in the book.
Not only it talks abou the history of the themeparks but it shows the sketches, maps, plans of different parts and attractions of the disney world. An amazing resource full of phantasy and a joy to watch. The photographs and illustrations are very well chosen and it is a plasure to flip through this pages every once in a while. A very inspiring book, showing that often it is enough to dream it and then it becomes reality.The most peculiar shapes and interior spaces are built to be reality.
I highly recommend it.
Most recent customer reviews
This book is great! I also want to be a Disney Imagieer. I already designed some cool, new rides. I hope I become an Imagineer! See Ya!Published on March 15 2004
It's too bad that so many people who reviewed the book here didn't seem to understand what they were buying and then were disappointed. It's a great book! Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2001
This is a very valuable book to me... I have been a disney fan for years, and when I finally went there, too many questions popped up.. why did they make that like that? Read morePublished on Dec 11 2000 by Rob
This author is a well-known academic cheerleader for Disney who once again, doesn't disappoint. The architecture of Disney's theme parks is copied, gaudy, and in some ways,... Read morePublished on Aug. 4 2000
This isn't a bad book, it has lots of pretty pictures, but it's just not the in-depth, detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the parks that I'd hoped for. Read morePublished on March 15 2000
The author has very strange comments about the nature of the architecture of the Disney parks and the text is hard to read and confusing. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2000 by D. Rector
I'm sorry, but beside factual errors. the editor of this book should be on Disney's payroll, if she isn't already. Needs to be much more objective in research. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 1999
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