Monday, December 9, 2013

Sam Gennawey's 'Disneyland Story' in 'The Mouse Castle Lounge'

Sam Gennawey
Sam Gennawey is an urban planner by trade who has a serious obsession with Disney. In 2011, he wrote his first book, Walt and the Promise of Progress City, fusing both his professional and personal passions to explore how Walt Disney dared to dream and develop living, breathing 3-dimensional spaces like the Disney Burbank studios, Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Sam's book ultimately focused on Walt's unrealized vision for EPCOT, not the quasi-World's Fair it is today, but an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow that would live on the cutting edge of technology and city design. 

Sam has just published a second book, The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney's Dream, and it's not just a history, but a biography of the Happiest Place on Earth that chronologically traces the park's almost 60-year existence. Sam takes us from Walt's early ideas about the park, to its construction, chaotic opening, and the many attraction hits and misses that have defined it over the decades. We follow the park's evolution during and after Walt's life, recalling major successes like Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion as well as ambitious projects that never made it off the drawing board as planned like Edison Square and Discovery Bay. It's a fascinating read that's sure to stir up plenty of nostalgia for even the most casual Disneyland fan.

Sam is my guest today in The Mouse Castle Lounge. Enjoy!

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