Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Book Review: The Disneyland Encyclopedia

I have been a fan of Walt Disney, Disneyland, and The Walt Disney Company (DIS) for many, many years, maybe since I was born. As a devotee (and fortunately a California resident), I have been to Disneyland numerous times, for birthdays, dates, high school graduation celebration, family vacations, etc. So I was very pleasantly surprised to receive as a gift the book The Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Event in the Original Magic Kingdom by Chris Strodder.

This book is by far the most complete reference on Disneyland ever, covering every attraction that ever existed, every store and shop that was ever set up in the Magic Kingdom, even every restroom right down to the bathroom signs. The book also includes write-ups on the people involved in the design and building of Disneyland. It also covers interesting trivia about some of the Disneyland secrets such as Club 33 and what the names on many of the Main Street windows represent. (Here's a trivia question: where does the 33 come from for Club 33?)

I especially enjoyed reading the sections on the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. If you like Disneyland and you like trivia, you will love The Disneyland Encyclopedia.

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