- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Disney Editions; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786862483
- ISBN-13: 978-0786862481
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.8 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Since the World Began: Walt Disney World - The First 25 Years Hardcover – October 1, 1996
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In addition, this book provides much more information on the creation of the park. Still the best book on the creation of the Disney theme parks is "Disneyland: Inside Story" by Randy Bright. Since this is out of print, Walt Disney World 20 Magical Years is a good choice.
No, I'm not talking about the urban legend about him being cryogenically sealed and stashed below the Pirates of the Caribbean exhibition. Nor is this some soft New Ageism about spirits inhabiting the celestial plane.
He's alive down on a plot of land outside of Orlando, Florida, a boom city that was a dumpy little crossroad when Walt began buying what became a 30,000-acre spread there is the late 1960s.
Walt's gone, but his vision and energy lives on, and once you start dipping into "Since the World Began," you'll see that the scope of his vision is nothing short of awesome.
There are many faces of Disney, the producer of family-friendly and highly profitable movies, the creator of family-friendly theme parks, but also a visionary who thought that, as one associate put it, "bad information was responsible for all the evil in the world." Who tried to change people's attitudes within the confines of an amusement park, the man whose idealism spawned the Epcot center, and under Michael Eisner, the Disney Institute, where education and learning are on a par with entertainment.
What the book won't tell you -- this is published by Hyperion, Disney's publishing arm, and written by Jeff Kurtti, a longtime Disney employee -- is just what hell Walt went through to realize his vision. You won't hear of Disney's fundamentalist upbringing, his retreat into fantasy to escape a brutal father and life in poverty, his endless hard work to make animated movies, his multiple nervous breakdowns. His brother Roy is idealized as the business brain behind Walt's success, but you won't hear that Roy constantly opposed Disney's ideas as a waste of money.Read more ›
Despite the fact that it is an official, authorized production, Since the World Began only occasionally bears the hallmark santized, sterilized quality that often marks such works. Instead, what one finds within the pages of the book are genuine insights into the history, design, and philosophy of Walt Disney World and how these mesh with the larger concerns of the Walt Disney Company. Kurtti's observations on this latter question are among the book's most interesting features.
Since the World Began is illustrated throughout with beautiful color photographs and concept artworks. Full-page sidebars cover the water parks, the resorts, and specific themes in Disney World history, including the parks' environmental commitments (the reading here is surprisingly undated for a fifteen-year-old study).
Kurtti doesn't provide much insight into the individual players in the creation of WDW; his Imagineering Legends is a better source if one's interests are in the personalities and gifts of individual imagineers. This is, nonetheless, an essential overview of the early history of the world's most popular tourist destination.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Even with the book being more than 20 years old as of this writing it was fun to get a lot more background information about WDW. Read morePublished 27 days ago by R. Keith Clingan
this book provides a lot of detail concerning the initial planning and evolution of Disney World . it is an amazing place and this book tells how it all came to be ..Published 11 months ago by pirate steve
I am not a regular visitor to Walt Disney World, but I have always been interested in behind the scenes information about the park. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Peter E. McGinn
Since the World Began is a well-written, colorful book illustrating the history of Walt Disney World (WDW). Disney fans will find much to love here. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Andy Farmer
Terrific resource for Disney fans! Beautiful photos. 5 stars!Published 14 months ago by Marci J. Nelson