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I have to say that I love reviewing books from Theme Park Press. They are continually adding to their ever-growing list of Disney-related books; and I find that so exciting! At this rate, I’ll never run out of good books to read! Today I want to share my recent Theme Park Press read – and one that I zipped right through – Disney Destinies.
About the Book
Find and Follow Your Disney Destiny
If you’ve ever had a dead-end job, you’re in good company. Walt Disney had dead-end jobs. So did many of the young men who later became Disney legends and luminaries. How were they able to turn the mundane into the magical?
In Disney Destinies, Karl Beaudry profiles two dozen Disney notables, from Walt Disney and Ward Kimball to Card Walker and George Kalogridis, and traces their paths from delivering newspapers, taking tickets, and washing dishes to the height of Disney fame and power.
Identifying patience, passion, and determination as the keys to success, Beaudry explores:
- How Bill “Sully” Sullivan went from Jungle Cruise skipper to vice-president of the Magic Kingdom
- How Bob Gurr went from delivering newspapers to Ub Iwerks to designing scores of different Disney vehicles and attractions
- How Vesey Walker overcame spinal paralysis to lead his marching band down Disneyland’s Main Street, U.S.A.
- How Ron Dominguez lost his family home to the Disney Company but went on to become vice-president of Disney Attractions
- How Harriet Burns became the first female Imagineer
- How George Kalogridis went from washing dishes at the Contemporary to president of the Magic Kingdom
Not only does Disney Destinies tell you how others did it, this inspirational book includes practical advice for how you can find and follow your own destiny, Disney or otherwise.
About the Author
Karl Beaudry became a Disney fanatic when he found himself standing underneath a monorail track waiting for his parents to buy Walt Disney World ticket books in December 1971. The anticipation of experiencing the Magic Kingdom combined with the fantasy of seeing transportation and architecture unlike anything he has ever seen were enough to cause a Disney obsession that continues to this day.
Multiple hundreds of visits and many annual passes later, Karl still feels the same thrill when arriving at the main gate of any Disney park. As an adult, however, his enthusiasm has extended beyond the parks and into the resorts and on-property activities that many people have never experienced. He and his wife find adventure by checking out things they’ve not seen before—another restaurant, boat ride, resort, or show is always there waiting for them to enjoy.
In addition, Karl has spent the past several years studying the history of all things Disney. He has always been fascinated with the stories of the great people involved with the legacy of Disney productions and projects. When he isn’t writing about Disney, he spends much of his time with church activities and planning vacations for future Disney fanatics. His hope is that he can encourage Disney park visitors to go beyond the parks and into the undiscovered country that is Disney.
Heidi Says . . .
I really enjoyed this book! The stories in it are inspiring and it was the perfect little book to read at the start of a new year. Each and every one of the people featured in this book started at the bottom. But, with some determination and a willingness to work hard, they were all raised to greatness within the Disney industry, and beyond . . .
We live in a world where people think that life should come easy, that fame should be handed to them on a silver platter, and that they deserve more than everyone else. Not so! I think young people today should read this book. It’s ok to start at the bottom, selling newspapers or washing dishes. A person’s true character and work ethic should shine through, making someone take notice. And who knows what could result?!
Definitely a lot of inspiration contained within the pages of this book! I’d definitely recommend it if you’re interested in Disney history, or just want to be encouraged in your present occupation.
There’s lots more to learn about this book and all the other fine books from Theme Park Press at the website.
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