Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The blog will be updated again on September 22.
I have just received The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion by Jeff Baham and I can now confirm that this is one of the best Disney history books related to WED / WDI released in recent years. A "must have" for parks historians.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

This just in from Brad Abbott:

[I'm conducting research on the sponsors and lessees at Disneyland, from the parks opening in 1955 until the introduction of New Tomorrowland in 1967. I'm interested in how these companies/individuals came to find out about Disneyland, their decision process in becoming a part of the park, and how both parties were able to benefit (or not) from the relationship. Anyone with information/documents about the early corporate sponsors and small businesses and restaurants at the park that they'd be willing to share can contact me via e-mail (]

Monday, September 08, 2014

I am very much looking forwars to this new book by Sam Gennaway, which, despite its name, is bound to be a great history book.

Friday, September 05, 2014

From what I understand, this newly released 3-Disc Mary Poppins album seems to contain a large part of the recordings from the story sessions that P.L. Travers attended at the Studio. It looks like a must-have.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

This just in from garry Apgar:

[Might Walt be referring here to the camera he took with him on his Grand Tour of Europe in 1935?

"A few months ago I took a trip, combining business and pleasure, to the east, through the canal, Cuba, Florida, etc.  Before starting, my first thought was for a 16 mm. camera.  The result was the Victor, not alone for its convenient portability, but for the many technical features that my newsreel experience had taught me to value.  With it I managed to bring back many hundred feet of interesting films of my vacation.  And from it I learned that, once you’ve made a start in cinematography, you can’t stop—you’re a cinematographer for life."

Walt Disney, “Mickey Mouse and 16 mm.”
American Cinematographer, March 1932, p. 36]

Actually, the Victor model that Walt was refering to in this 1932 article was an older one than the one (model Four) that he took with him on the 1935 according to this ad.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Would anyone of you have any rare documents (memos, story meeting notes, etc) linked to Make Mine Music, Fun and Fancy Free and Melody Time?

If so, could you please email me at

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

It has been a while since I gave you an update of my ongoing projects and I thought that, with so much on my plate, now might be a good time. Here are the book projects I am currently involved with and which should be released over the next 18 months:

- Walt's People - Volume 15 (Theme Park Press). The manuscript is ready and is being checked by the contributors. I am hoping to see it released by December at the latest.

- The Drew As They Pleased - Volume 1 (Chronicle Books). The manuscript is ready and the illustrations have been selected. It focuses on Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Gustaf Tenggren and Bianca Majolie. About 90% of the content will be released in book form for the first time ever. Planned release date: Fall 2015.

- Eric Larson's autobiography (Theme Park Press): I am hard at work on this with Joe Campana, JB Kaufman, and Dan Jeup. I am hoping to see it released by January of next year.

- The Wilfred Jackson / Ross Care letters (Theme Park Press): I am helping Ross put his correspondence in shape for release in book form. Some of the content is truly revolutionary, and while working on this project I managed to unearth some rare (never-seen-before) photos as well as... the lost diaries of Wilfred Jackson!!

- I also had the pleasure of writing a short introduction for the upcoming reprint of the Serbian comic book Mika Mis (Mickey Mouse) from the 1930s (more on this next month).

In addition to those "short term" projects, I have started working on Walt's People - Volume 16, They Drew As They Pleased - Volume 2, and on the editing of the Ward Kimball diaries. I wonder why I felt I needed a break two weeks ago ;-)