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Window on Main Street: 35 Years of Creating Happiness at Disneyland Park Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: Stabur Pr; First Edition edition (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941613178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941613170
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,980,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Van Arsdale France would eventually receive a rare dedication, a sign in one of the windows on Main Street. "Founder and Professor Emeritus, Disney Universities". One of the major participants in the early days of Disneyland, it was he who created the training guides for the employees.

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Like I said, one of the best books ever on Disneyland.
Clark A. Shields
I met Van in 1996, and at that time,the late publisher stopped printing the book.
Victor Castro
At various points, you will find yourself laughing out loud.
George H. Taylor, Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
Van France has done a remarkable job in this book of recounting his experiences with Disneyland. What I found most interesting were his tales of the early years...when I worked at The Park I would occasionally recount one of his stories to a fellow Cast Member or interested Guest...they are wonderful to share with everyone! Do yourself a favor...find a copy of this book!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JACK DANIEL on January 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
MET VAN IN 1982 AND ENDED UP WORKING WITH HIM ON ASSORTED PROJECTS IN HIS OLD BEAT UP TRAILER ON THE BACK LOT BY THE CLYDESDALES, FOR 4 YEARS. HERE IT IS, JAN 1, 00 AND FOUND VAN HAS LEFT US ON THE 13TH OF OCT, 99. HIS LOVE FOR DISNEYLAND WAS BOUNDLESS. THOSE THAT KNEW HIM, WILL NEVER FORGET HIM. I RECALL THE DAY HE CALLED AND TOLD ME HE HAD RECEIVED HIS "WINDOW ON MAIN STREET", WALT'S HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME. BEFORE HE COULD CONTINUE, I TOLD HIM I ALREADY KNEW WHERE THEY HAD PLACED HIS MONIKER, ABOVE THE OLD TOBACCO SHOP. ASKED ME HOW I KNEW. TOLD HIM THERE WAS NO PLACE ELSE TO PUT HIM, SINCE HE SMOKED LIKE A DIESEL TRUCK. VAN DID MANY THINGS FOR DISNEYLAND IN CAL, FL., AND JAPAN THAT HE NEVER PUBLICIZED. HE DIDN'T WANT FAME OR MONEY, HE LIVED WITH THE SATISFACTION OF A JOB WELL DONE AND MAKING THE LIVES OF THOSE AROUND HIM BETTER. BUY IT AND ENJOY A TRUE INSIDERS LOVE OF DISNEYLAND. HE WILL BE MISSED.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victor Castro on June 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Van France sprinkles pixie dust on the world with his candid, written experiences of working for the "work horse", Walt Disney and subsequent management after his death at the Happiest place on Earth (TM). Mike Fiott, an avid Disneyana collector and late publisher of the Art of Laughter Magazine, gave me this book to relish and absorb. I met Van in 1996, and at that time,the late publisher stopped printing the book. Van stated he was tired of signing them!(Yeah, sure!) Van loved the attention of his admiring fans who enjoyed listening to anecdotes of his day-to-day living and working the "Disney" way. If you can find this book, acquire it and enjoy the interesting insight that only Van could share.It really comes to my surprise that Van passed away last October(10/99). He will be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alastair Dallas on January 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
I'm a little late with this review--others have already said it, perhaps better--but if spending time with an entertaining gent who was hired by Walt Disney before Disneyland opened and who participated in making it successful beyond anyone's imagination sounds interesting, there is no other book. A real joy to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
Van Arsdale France is the creator of the Disney University to which Disneyland owes much of its success. This book is written in a very informal fashion, giving a feeling of sitting with an interesting uncle to hear candid stories of what it was like "back then." All in all, a good and fun reading.
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