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From Disneyland's Tom Sawyer to Disney Legend: The Adventures of Tom Nabbe (Disney Legends) (Volume 2) Paperback – September 7, 2015
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I really liked From Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer to Disney Legend. I flew through the book as I found Nabbe’s recollections interesting and in an easy to read tone. I felt like I was listening to him tell stories about his time with Disney and even found his later accounts of warehouse work to be highly interesting. I am thrilled this Disney Legend’s thoughts are captured for fans like me to enjoy.
Sometimes I find Nabbe’s Disneyland hard to imagine. He goes into some depth on the fishing that occurred from the dock on Tom Sawyer Island. In today’s legal minded society what I read was honestly hard to comprehend, but it happened. I just cannot see any lawyer today allowing a company to let a teenage boy supervise adults and kids by himself on an attraction. And I cannot comprehend that any lawyer would sign off on untrained guests swinging a line with a hook near other guests within the park. And this does not even include the sanitation issues with fish in the Rivers of America dying due to the results of the catch and release program. Yes, this is a different time and park then I have ever known.
Tom Nabbe was a company man. He was hired by the man with his name on the door! His story filled with love and dedication to his job and family both entertains and inspires. Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer to Disney Legend is sure to delight those who wish to remember the early days of Disneyland or the creation of Walt Disney World as they lazily sit by the river with their line dangling in the water.
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Opening Walt Disney World sounded like the pinnacle of his career, but then he moved into PICO from EPCOT. This concept fascinates me and I can't imagine the responsibility he had to keep things so organized. Being a true Disney nerd, I would love to have heard more stories about EPCOT's opening. As his roles evolve, he is happy to take on new challenges and manages to retire from the company after 47 years despite changes in the corporate structure. There is no bitterness in his new assignment as he understands the financial situation the Company was in during the 1980s. Disney was blessed to have such a loyal and committed cast member.
I would highly recommend this book for any Disney enthusiast or anyone wanting a story of overcoming life's challenges. I did not expect to be as inspired and entertained as I was. I had heard about the monorail's Nabbe Grabber so I am happy to hear his legacy lives on in the day-to-day operation of the monorail (I had so wanted to be a monorail pilot as a youth).
Tom is one of those unique individuals who was instrumental in developing WDW into the vacation kingdom but whose name is not as well know as Nunis, Potter and Fowler. I really enjoyed "getting to know" Tom while reading this book and makes me appreciate even more all of the behind-the-scenes cast members at WDW . Tom, thank you for sharing your story with us!
As unlikely as it may have seemed, initially, that any boy might make it through the ranks at Disneyland, then Orlando and Paris and back all the time rising higher in positions of responsibility and the esteem of his peers has to encourage others who may find themselves on a similar path of their own. It's a story of patience, hope, and reward.