"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island."


The Vault of Walt: Vol 1 by Jim Korkis

Korkis is a Disney Historian and by his own merits a Disney legend. You may have heard him on one of his many guest appearances on the WDW Radio Show. He has a talent for telling engaging and memorable stories about the parks and the company, and with this series he puts many of these stories to paper. 

A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World: Vol 1 by Andrew Kiste

This series needs a bit of explaining. This is not about the history of Walt Disney World. This is about the history that inspired the attractions at Walt Disney World. If you ever wondered how historically accurate rides at Disney World were, this book will give you an idea. It also highlights just how much work Imagineers put into every project.

A Historical Tour of Walt Disney World: Vol 2 by Andrew Kiste

Volume two of this series continues on the format of Volume one, picking five locations and attractions at Walt Disney World and diving into the real life history behind them. The Spaceship Earth chapter is especially interesting, as the book covers each and every scene from the ride, and what the actual history of the time was like. For example Kiste uses visual clues to actually narrow down the year the Roman scene in the attraction takes place.

Tomorrow-Land by Joseph Tirella

To be 100% clear, there is VERY LITTLE Disney history in this book. I actually hesitated to even put this book on the list. Tomorrow-land is both a look at the history of the 1964/65 New York World's Fair, as well as a look at the shift in American culture at that time. Since Walt was involved in four pavilions during the fair, there is some mention of him and his attractions, but it is brief. Instead, I put this book on the list because I felt it offered great insight into what American culture was looking like in the mid 1960s, which likely was a big driving force behind Walt wanting to build EPCOT as well as maintain a walled garden with Disneyland.