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The Disneyland® Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Event in the Original Magic Kingdom® Paperback – May 1, 2008

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"Strodder's love of Southern California's famous theme park shines in this essential reference book. . . . Complete in every way. . . fun to read. . . . Essential for a Disney collector."  —Library Journal



"At over 500 pages it's a grand collection of the history and trivia of Disneyland, all nicely organized with concise entries for just about everything that has been installed, exhibited, removed or considered for the Happiest Place on Earth." —www.MiceAge.com


"True to its title The Disneyland Encyclopedia documents the smallest snack cart, the shortest lived shows, the favorite restaurants and the beloved attractions inside the Disneyland Park from its 1955 opening. . . . It would be difficult to find any physical element of Disneyland that is not documented in the book's entries." —www.BetweenDisney.com


"The real achievement is having 57 years of Disneyland history in one book." —www.YesterLand.com


"His attention to detail shows and it is very important in a work of this caliber. . . . An indispensable tool for the Disneyland fan and researcher." —www.MiceChat.com

About the Author

Chris Strodder is a website designer and the author of The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool, LockerboyStories Light and DarkSwingin' Chicks of the 60s, and The Wish Book. He lives in Mill Valley, California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595800336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595800336
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Steve DeGaetano on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
(Not sure why the first reviewer gushed about the book but only gave it two stars.)

Author Chris Strodder has written a very comprehensive but easily readable history of just about everything that's ever existed in the Original Magic Kingdom. This is the kind of book I like--one where I can just pick it up and start reading anywhere. The book looks at every attraction, store and restaurant that's been in the Park since 1955, and he does a good job of covering them in informative, concise entries. The entries are alphabetical, and there's a huge index at the back. Black and white maps and photos are interspersed throughout the text.

As an encyclopedia, the book does not try to cover each entry in extraordinary detail, but all the basic information--such as dates of operation/closure, brief histories and descriptions and locations are all there. There are also a few entries on some of the personalities and Imagineers who created the Park. It's a great introduction to the history of the Park for newer fans, and experienced Disneyland hands may find morsels they may never have known about.

Overall, I don't think you're going to find this much information, squeezed into such a compact package (you could easily bring it to the Park for reading in line), for the price. It is a great addition to my Disney library.

--Steve DeGaetano, Author, "Welcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad" and "From Plantation to Theme Park--The Story of Disneyland Railroad Locomotive No. 5, The Ward Kimball."

From Plantation to Theme Park: The Story of Disneyland Railroad Locomotive No. 5, the Ward KimballWelcome Aboard the Disneyland Railroad!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By W. Ahrens on June 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an impressive book. It contains a lot of entries that I have never seen documented anywhere else, particularly in regards to obscure shops and shows/parades. A fun feature are the many lists that are sprinkled within the text. This book is obviously a labor of love for the author and will be enjoyed by any fan of the Happiest Place on Earth
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Worley on June 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
A fantastic book detailing Disneyland over the years. It's hard to believe that it took this long for someone to compile a history of all the attractions, shops, and shows since the park opened. This book is highly recommended for the many Disneyland fanatics out there.

--M Worley, creator of WaltsMagicKingdom.com
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Keith McEwan on September 5, 2008
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I am a lifelong Disneyland freak. On my first visit, 10 months after it first opened, I saw Walt from a keelboat on the Frontierland river. I grew up living close enough to see the fireworks, and used to ride my bike there and home again back before you needed to take out a home loan to get in.

This book passed my major test, within 5 pages, it told me something I did not already know. I soon found that, instead of just looking stuff up and consulting it, I was reading it cover-to-cover. An excellent, informative, exhaustive catalogue of all things and people Disneylandish.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Morgan on August 6, 2008
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From A to Z, this book accomplishes what I have been searching for for years! A guide/history/trivia book describing every land, attraction, shop, show, and restaurant in Disneyland. Not just the current ones mind you, but EVERY SINGLE ONE that the author could find to have existed in the parks 50+ year history. As a Disneyland fan since I was a kid it was a fond look back at some of the attractions I grew up with, and a good history lesson on all the rides that came before I first visited "The Happiest Place On Earth". Each item is listed alphabetically, with the biggest attractions and lands getting the most coverage. While most of the trivia and information has been written elsewhere before, it is nice to find it all in one place wrapped up with a bow! Some exciting extras include bonus lists and pictures, such as a list of every attraction to have a poster in the entrance tunnel. Its the extra touches like this that make me love this one more than other Disneyland guides I have read. While it CAN become tedious at times reading about every fruit cart, special event and other small details, it just goes to show how thorough and well done this "Encyclopedia" truly is! I doubt there is another park book out there for DL fans as satisfying a read as "The Disneyland Encyclopedia". I don't think it is possible to top this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Guenette on October 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book in a fit of enthusiasm after my first return visit to Disneyland as an adult (the enthusiasm persists, incidentally.) I was looking for something to fill me in on the history of the Magic Kingdom and satisfy grown-up curiosity about things I didn't think all that much about when I was a kid. This book was exactly what I was looking for: there's a wonderful lot of information, delivered in a manner which is to-the-point but not at all dry. I enjoyed both looking up individual entries, and then reading through the book straight through. Best of all, while the book has a lot for the grown-up visitor to Disneyland, it almost never interferes with the magic of the place. The book will tell you all about Disneyland, without spoiling it all and telling you how it works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Behm on July 17, 2009
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This is not a good read if your looking for a story. This is an encyclopedia. I love the format of this book there are two way to look up information. First is by name if you know what the name is second is by location you can look at the front of the book and look at park maps and it will tell you what has ever been there and the names so you can look it up in to the book so its good to take to the park or read at your house. I love to see the changes that the park has had and love to read about them. BUY THIS BOOK. Happy 54th Disneyland.
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