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Stories from Magic Kingdom Park Featured in New Children’s Book by Walt Disney Imagineer Jason Grandt

posted on December 2nd, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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When I was younger, I loved when my parents would read stories to me. I still have my collection of Disney storybooks that I now read to my son. I can’t wait to add the newest book created especially for Disney Parks to that collection. Titled “The Magic Kingdom Storybook,” this incredible 128-page, hardback book was written and illustrated by Walt Disney Imagineer Jason Grandt. You may recall Jason from previous Disney Parks Blog articles about Princess Fairytale Hall in New Fantasyland or the Orange Bird in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. This book is amazing; it’s easily at the top of my gift list this year! I recently spoke with Jason to learn more about this exciting new book.

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Steven: Why did you write this storybook?

Jason: “As a young kid, I loved our parks but knew nothing about Walt Disney Imagineering so I dreamt of being a Disney animator. I watched a lot of cartoons. In particular, I really loved animated shorts because they told a quick concise story and they were just so fun. I spent a lot of time making my own little stories and would draw and create the worlds for them. Our attractions at Disney Parks are often just like these little stories, so the idea of a storybook that uses the Magic Kingdom Park as its setting felt like a really fun idea to pursue.”

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Steven: How long did it take you to write and illustrate this book?

Jason: “I’ve been working on this book for almost three years. I would write the stories first then create the illustrations. The Adventureland story titled “Donald’s Wild Bird Chase” was the first one I completed. I jokingly call that one ‘Clown of the Jungle Cruise’ as the original 1947 Donald Duck short heavily inspired me.”

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Steven: The illustrations in the book are beautiful. How were they created?

Jason: “I wanted the illustrations to be bold and graphic but also feel lush and rich. Ultimately, I wanted to try to create a playful look that hasn’t been seen before. I would draw the images by hand then refine the shapes and color and then digitally paint them. Looking back, the process may not have been the most efficient but the outcome was worth it.”

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Steven: Walt Disney Imagineering is known for adding hidden surprises or nods into Disney attractions. Are there any in this book?

Jason: “There are a few nods and familiar characters I added to the story illustrations. Fans of the classic Epcot attraction Horizons should keep an open eye. There are homages to some of my favorite WDI artists, and I even added a little nod to my favorite live action Disney film ‘Snowball Express.’”

The book has a retail of $19.99 plus tax, and will be carried in select locations at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. The book will not be offered online at this point, but you can contact our Merchandise Guest Services team by telephone at 877-560-6477 or by email at Merchandise.Guest.Services@DisneyParks.com to place an order. Please refer to item number 400007803428 when contacting them.

Finally, you can meet Jason at an upcoming appearance inside Once Upon a Toy at Downtown Disney Marketplace on December 7. He will be meeting with guests and signing his new book from noon to 2:00 p.m. that day.

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Jonathan on December 2nd, 2013 at 10:27 am

I was hoping you would have a post about this book (Thanks for including the SKU!!) :)

Do you know the deadline to place an order with Merchandise Guest Services for Christmas delivery?

 

Steven Miller on December 3rd, 2013 at 11:16 am

@Jonathan – You’re welcome. As you can tell, I’m super excited about the book! I spoke with Merchandise Guest Services who said that the deadline for ground shipping just ended (November 27). The deadline for air shipments will end on December 9.

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Timothy on December 2nd, 2013 at 10:51 am

Hmmm, I may just pop by Downtown Disney this weekend and get the book signed!

 

Steven Miller on December 3rd, 2013 at 11:16 am

@Timothy – I hope you do! Jason would love to see you.

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Merry from NY on December 3rd, 2013 at 10:36 am

What are the select locations for Walt Disney World? Too late for ground delivery for Christmas.

 

Steven Miller on December 3rd, 2013 at 11:22 am

@Merry – The deadline for air shipments in December 9. As for locations, here is a list for Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts (note that inventory may change daily).

DISNEYLAND RESORT
- 20th Century Music Company – Disneyland park
- Off the Page – Disney California Adventure Park
- World of Disney – Downtown Disney District

WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
- Once Upon a Toy & World of Disney – Downtown Disney Marketplace
- Emporium, News Stand, Uptown Jewelers, Frontier Trading Post Big Top Souvenirs, Mickey’s Star Traders – Magic Kingdom Park

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R from FL on December 3rd, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I’ve emailed and tried calling many times with no luck, any tips on how to get through?

 

Steven Miller on December 3rd, 2013 at 2:08 pm

@R Adam – I apologize for the challenge you are experiencing. I spoke with one of the leaders for Merchandise Guest Services. Due to the holiday season, you may experience longer than normal wait times for telephone calls.

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KAREN on December 9th, 2013 at 12:21 am

This looks fantastic! I will be ordering it in the morning. I just wish we were still there so I could have it signed! Thank you for the great article.

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