While shopping at Disneyland tonight we came across a great new Disney book, WALT DISNEY'S IMAGINEERING LEGENDS AND THE GENESIS OF THE DISNEY THEME PARK.
The book is by Jeff Kurtti, author of the gorgeous coffee table book THE ART OF DISNEYLAND, as well as many other Disney-related books.
The official release date is August 26th but it's already on sale in Disneyana on Main Street.
Curiously, the cover shown on Amazon is different from the cover on the copy I purchased, shown here at the right.
The book looks like a great combination of detailed history and historical photos. There are chapters on "The Prototype Imagineers" (including Herb Ryman and Sam McKim), "The Story Department" (Marc Davis and Claude Coats), "The Model Shop" (including Harriet Burns, who recently passed away), "The Music Makers" (including the Sherman Brothers), "The Unofficial Imagineers" (including Ward Kimball), and "The Renaissance Imagineer," John Hench. These are a few of the best-known names in the book, but there are profiles of many more Imagineers and their contributions to Disneyland.
Here's an interview with Jeff Kurtti posted at Jim Hill Media close to a year ago.
This book is a "must" for anyone who loves Disneyland.