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  • On Mar 4, 2010
    Susan 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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    love, Love, LOVE the Imagineering Field Guides! Our 1st trip has been postponed til next year :(, trying to keep the magic alive! What other "behind the scenes" literature would you recommend? This panel is awesome! Thanks for your help!

    I am so not going to have enough room to do your question justice. I'm being brief to get more in.

    - Complete Guide to WDW (Neal). A travel guide with loads of background info.
    - Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic (the Imagineers). Photos of models and construction.
    - Designing Disney's Theme Parks: The Architecture of Resassurance (Marling). More academic, but good illustrations.
    - Biographies of Walt Disney, including Walt Disney (Gabler)
    - DVD - Modern Marvels, Walt Disney World (The History Channel)
    - DVD series - The Science of Disney Imagineering. Includes Designs and Models, Gravity, Trajectory, Animal Adaptations, more
    - Vinyl Leaves (Fjellman). An oldie and very academic, but classic. My personal introduction to behind-the-scenes Disney.
    - The Fantastical Engineer: A Thrillseeker's Guide to Careers in Theme Park Engineering. Not Disney-specific, but interesting.
    - The Haunted Mansion: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies (Surrell). One ride in depth.
    - The Disney Mountains: Imagineering at It's Peak (Surrell).
    - Designing Disney (Hench). Principles of theme park design.
    - The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World (Veness)
    - Spinning Disney's World (Ridgway). Stories about the start of WDW from a public relations perspective.

    Gosh, there are so many more too. Most of these are available on or your library. Also go to iTunes and search on Disney and then click TV shows. There are several Travel Channel specials available for purchase. Also look for Lou Mongello's Audio Guides to Walt Disney World that take you through area of the parks. Lou's Disney trivia books are great too, as are Steve Barrett's Hidden Mickey Guides.
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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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