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Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind-the-Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real    by Imagineers & Melody Malmberg order for
Walt Disney Imagineering
by Imagineers
Order:  USA  Can
Disney, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Yes, this book is pricey but readers of all ages will find the money well spent once they open the oversized volume and explore its many wonders. In this sequel to Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind-the-Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real, the studio's imagineers serve up another fanciful dose of magic with an even closer look at who they are, what they do, and how they do it.

The Disney staff explains the tools they use and where and how they use them; plus these talented folks also delve into their theories of imagineering. This deluxe volume contains rough drawings, conceptual models and behind the scenes stories showcasing Disney's newest attractions and innovations from the inside out. You'll also be given an exclusive peek inside the research and development lab to see what new magic will soon be rolled out for the public to enjoy.

In addition to the extensive chapters on Theory, Tools and Portfoli, there are separate essays that address a number of issues. For example, Robert Iger discuses Why We Imagineer while Jay Rasulo explains Our Brand of Destination and Marty Sklar provides a piece entitled Imagineering: A History That's No Mystery.

Would-be imagineers will want to play close attention to the Afterword and articles such as So you want to be an Imagineer ... or maybe just think like one, Things Imagineers Do, and Imagineering Adventures Around the World.

Beautifully engineered with brilliant illustrations and foldout sections, this volume is a collector's piece and a book that you'll pore over for hours. Whether you have a professional interest in the subject matter or just are fascinated by how the Disney people work their magic, this is a highly informative book and a must purchase. Don't wait too long, though. I think this is probably a limited edition.

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