Disney’s Land by Richard Snow audiobook

Disney’s Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park that Changed the World

By Richard Snow
Read by Jacques Roy

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781501190803

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 12/03/2019

    ISBN: 9781797103372

  • Available on 12/03/2019

    ISBN: 9781797103365

Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A propulsive history chronicling the conception and creation of Disneyland, the masterpiece California theme park, as told like never before by popular historian Richard Snow.

One day in the early 1950s, Walt Disney stood looking over 240 acres of farmland in Anaheim, California, and imagined building a park where people “could live among Mickey Mouse and Snow White in a world still powered by steam and fire for a day or a week or (if the visitor is slightly mad) forever.” Despite his wealth and fame, exactly no one wanted Disney to build such a park. Not his brother Roy, who ran the company’s finances; not the bankers; and not his wife, Lillian. Amusement parks at that time, such as Coney Island, were a generally despised business, sagging and sordid remnants of bygone days. Disney was told that he would only be heading toward financial ruin.

But Walt persevered, initially financing the park against his own life insurance policy and later with sponsorship from ABC and the sale of thousands and thousands of Davy Crockett coonskin caps. Disney assembled a talented team of engineers, architects, artists, animators, landscapers, and even a retired admiral to transform his ideas into a soaring yet soothing wonderland of a park. The catch was that they had only a year and a day in which to build it.

On July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened its gates…and the first day was a disaster. Disney was nearly suicidal with grief that he had failed on a grand scale. But the curious masses kept coming, and the rest is entertainment history. Eight hundred million visitors have flocked to the park since then. In Disney’s Land, Richard Snow brilliantly presents the entire spectacular story, a wild ride from vision to realization, and an epic of innovation and error that reflects the uniqueness of the man determined to build “the happiest place on earth” with a watchmaker’s precision, an artist’s conviction, and the desperate, high-hearted recklessness of a riverboat gambler.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Richard Snow calls Disneyland an invention on par with the Kitty Hawk Flyer and…not only convinces us of its magic but somehow reproduces that magic on the page.” Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize–winning author

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Author Bio: Richard Snow

Author Bio: Richard Snow

Richard Snow was born in New York City and graduated with a BA from Columbia College in 1970. He worked at American Heritage for nearly four decades and was its editor-in-chief for seventeen years. He is the author of several books, among them two novels and a volume of poetry. Snow has served as a consultant for historical motion pictures—among them Glory—and has written for documentaries, including the Burns brothers’ Civil War and Ric Burns’s award-winning PBS film Coney Island, whose screenplay he wrote.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Audience: Adult
Language: English