My Imagineering Library -Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look At Making the Magic Real

Here is a look at the first item in My Imagineering Library:  Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look At Making the Magic Real.


This beautiful coffee table book is one of the first published about Imagineering (originally released in 1996). It provides an excellent overview of Imagineering and the Imagineering process, and features LOTS of amazing concept artwork. The book is credited to “The Imagineers” on the cover, however the contents page lists it as written by Kevin Rafferty with Bruce Gordon, with image selection and research by Randy Webster and David Mumford.

This book is what ignited the “one little spark” that eventually lead to The Imagineering Toolbox and The Imagineering Pyramid. This book first got me interested in understanding the process the Imagineers use to develop Disney parks, and how that process might be applied to other creative fields.

I wrote the following short review of this for a website I created back in the late 1990s about roleplaying games called The Oracle.

“This lavish coffee table book opens the doors on one of the most secret of divisions of The Walt Disney Company, namely Walt Disney Imagineering. These are the people that design, build, and create the various attractions at Disney Theme parks and other locations (such as The Disney Store and DisneyQuest). This book explores the process by which the Imagineers conceive, design, and create Disney Magic. Anyone interested in the creative process and imagination can benefit from reading this book, if for no other reason than as a source of inspiration for what is possible.”

Since that time there have been many more books written about Imagineering, but this was the first book to offer at how the Imagineers do what they do, and it belongs in the library of anyone interested in Disney theme parks and themed entertainment.


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