• On Jun 29, 2009
    Michele from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We're going back to WDW in September and my DD 13 want to learn more about the stories behind the attractions. Are there any books that tell the back stories behind the rides and attractions?

    There are many resources available for a budding scholar of Disney history. Several of the books in my own collection are about the stories behind the development of Walt Disney World. Here are a few that might appeal to a young teen. All are available on and may be at your local library.

    - The Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom, The Imagineering Field Guide to the Animal Kingdom and The Imagineering Field Guide to Epcot (the Hollywood Studios volume will be out later this year) by the Imagineers.

    - Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real by the Imagineers.

    - The Complete Walt Disney World by Julie and Mike Neal. This is the travel guide that includes the most background and insider tips about WDW.

    - The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at It's Peak by Jason Surrell.

    - Walt Disney's Imagineering Legends and the Genesis of the Disney Theme Park by Jeff Kurtti

    - Designing Disney by John Hench

    The Wikipedia entries on many of the WDW attractions are actually quite accurate and informative. Try looking at the entry on the Haunted Mansion for the interesting comparison between the different versions of the ride at the different Disney parks.

    There is also a great DVD called Modern Marvels: Walt Disney World. This was produced by the History Channel and is very accessible for kids.

    I hope you and your daughter both have a wonderful trip to WDW!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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