You may recall a few weeks ago that I shared how much I enjoy reading books to my son at bedtime. I have quite a collection of Disney books that I’ve acquired over the years. I recently spoke with Betsy Singer, product developer for media, about some of the books we have at Disney Parks.
“In my role as product developer for media, I work with the Disney Publishing group and other select licensees to introduce books at merchandise locations in Disney Parks,” explained Betsy. “While some of the books can be found outside of Disney Parks, there are several books that were developed especially for us.”
Betsy has been the media developer since 2001 and she recently celebrated her 25th anniversary with the company. She has a closet filled with books to which I recently raided to find a few examples of my favorites.
Bruce Gordon and David Mumford’s “Disneyland – The Nickel Tour” is high on my list as I enjoy collecting Disney postcards. The book contains one of the most complete collections of Disneyland Resort postcards I’ve ever seen.
Being a photographer by hobby, I enjoy “Walt Disney – His Life in Pictures” by Russell Schroeder whom I first met at the 2002 Disneyana Convention. Russell found a variety of wonderful and candid photos of Walt for this book.
Another favorite is “The Art of Walt Disney World” Jeff Kurtti and Bruce Gordon. This oversized book contains incredible Walt Disney Imagineering concept images of resorts, attractions and more of the Florida destination. The book reminds me of visiting Town Square Exposition Hall at Magic Kingdom Park as a guest in the late 1980s and seeing many concept photos of coming attractions. I could spend hours looking at this book.
My last choice is “The Art of Tron Legacy.” If you have followed my articles on the Disney Parks Blog you will know of my obsessive enthusiasm for Tron (I even dressed up like Sam Flynn for Halloween this year). This book is visually beautiful and contains concept images that seem to leap from the page.
Betsy also shared a quick glimpse at a new softcover book coming to Disney Parks in a few weeks. The book is titled “Disney in Details” and was written by Jen Darcy and Jennifer Eastwood. The book reminds me of “Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…” posts shared by fellow Disney Parks Blog author Tom Smith.
Speaking of blog authors, Betsy also shared that Pam Brandon and her are working on a new holiday cookbook that encompasses all holidays. That book is scheduled to debut in Summer 2012.
Now that you know a few of my favorite books, I would love to hear what Disney books you enjoy reading.