The newest edition of Chris Strodder's The Disneyland Encyclopedia is scheduled to hit shelves this upcoming Tuesday. Be sure to pick up a copy of The Disneyland Encyclopedia: The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom on April 11, 2017.
Since its humble beginnings in the mid-1950s, Disneyland has captured the imagination of millions of visitors. Author Chris Strodder launches his new, completely updated and expanded third edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia (Santa Monica Press/April 2017) with over 50 new entries and 300 new photos. This new edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia spans the entire history of the park, from its founding more than 60 years ago to the present day. This fascinating book features detailed explorations of 600 Disneyland topics, including lands, attractions, restaurants, stores, events, and significant people. Each of the main encyclopedia entries illuminates the history of a Disneyland landmark, revealing the initial planning strategies for the park’s iconic attractions and detailing how they evolved over the decades. “Disneyland is more than beautiful and entertaining; it’s wondrous and transportive,” Strodder explains. “Like a magnificent work of art, Disneyland reveals more and more of itself with intense study. Ultimately, the best lesson of all is that there is always more to learn, especially in dynamic, ever-changing Disneyland. As Disneyland continues to reach new heights, so will we, in our appreciation.” Paralleling Disneyland’s continuous growth, the third edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia is the largest yet. The first edition appeared in 2008 with 502 entries; since then, Strodder has researched and added another hundred. Among them are: - new structures that have recently joined or will soon join the park (including Star Wars Land) - new exhibits (such as Season of the Force) - new events and parades (Egg-stravaganza, Paint the Night, etc.) - new profiles of Disneyland’s Imagineers and performers (like Tony Baxter, Steve Martin, and the Side Street Strutters) - new entries for movies and books with scenes set in Disneyland (such as Saving Mr. Banks and Little Man of Disneyland) - and all-new individual entries for some longtime Disneyland favorites (Big Thunder Trail, Fort Wilderness, Mailboxes, Mouse Ears, Windows of Enchantment, and many more). In addition, Strodder has added topics that aren’t exactly part of Disneyland, but are still important to its history: entries for Harbor Boulevard, the Heliports, and new profiles of some influential “outsiders” who helped shape and support the park (such as Arrow Development, Ray Bradbury, and Keith Murdoch). Enriching this unique A-to-Z chronicle are profiles of the personalities who imagined and engineered the kingdom known as “The Happiest Place on Earth.” Discover never-built concepts like Liberty Street, Rock Candy Mountain, and Chinatown, and delight in fascinating trivia about long-lost Disneyland features ranging from the real rifles in the shooting gallery previously located on Main Street to the jet-packed Rocket Man who once flew above Tomorrowland. On top of all this, the third edition’s new “Mouscellany” sidebars highlight fun facts, hidden secrets, and odd trivia about the park. Overflowing with meticulously researched details and written in a spirited, accessible style, the third edition of The Disneyland Encyclopedia is a comprehensive and entertaining exploration of the most-influential, most-renovated, and most-loved theme park in the world! “Strodder’s attention to detail shows and it is very important in a work of this caliber. . . . An indispensable tool for the Disneyland fan and researcher.” —MiceChat.com ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Disneyland Encyclopedia Updated Third Edition is Chris Strodder’s tenth book. Among his other works are The Disneyland Book of Lists, the children’s book A Sky for Henry, an adventure story for young adults called Lockerboy, the comic novel The Wish Book, the Stories Light and Dark collection of short fiction, a pop culture compendium entitled The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool, and a popular nonfiction volume of profiles that garnered international attention named Swingin’ Chicks of the ’60s. Strodder’s writing has also appeared in Los Angeles magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, USA Today, California magazine, Movieline magazine, and others. Strodder has also gained exposure on national TV and radio shows and coverage in dozens of magazines ranging from the National Enquirer to Playboy. The Disneyland Encyclopedia was named a “Best Reference Book” by Library Journal. An avid Disneyland visitor and collector since 1966, Strodder lives by the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, California.
THE DISNEYLAND ENCYCLOPEDIA – UPDATED THIRD EDITION
by Chris Strodder Santa Monica Press/April 2017 Softcover/$19.95
* Pictures reprinted with permission from Chris Strodder.