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Here we are on the second Monday of 2016, and I’ve got a second book from my friends at Theme Park Press to share with you. I’ve pretty much devoured every word of this book, so you’ll want to check this one out!
About the Book
Four Decades with Disney
Young “Sully” Sullivan needed a job, and so in 1955 he applied for one at the brand-new theme park, Disneyland, where he was hired on the spot as a ticket-taker for the Jungle Cruise. Soon he was promoted to skipper, and then he met his future wife at Waltah Clarke’s Hawaiian Shop across from the Jungle Cruise, and then he was assigned to projects ranging from the 1964 New York World’s Fair and Epcot to Disneyland Paris, and then it was forty years later, and Sully was retiring as vice-president of Magic Kingdom in Orlando.
In his humorous, no-holds-barred style, Sully takes you on a whirlwind ride through his life, with stories coming at you faster than skipper jokes on the Jungle Cruise, including:
- The raucous fraternity of Jungle Cruise skippers, and why they were known as “jungle bunnies”
- Laugh-out-loud tales about dozens of Disney notables before they became notable
- How Sully met the challenge of keeping Disney’s attractions running smoothly at the 1964 New York World’s Fair
- Sully’s integral role in the opening of three new parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Disneyland Paris
- A happy ending to a fairy tale career, with a window on Main Street and recognition as a Disney Legend
Sully’s never-before-told stories provide a unique, often irreverent glimpse into the history and culture of Disney theme parks.
About the Author
William “Sully” Sullivan got a job in the summer of 1955 taking tickets for the Jungle Cruise in Walt Disney’s brand-new theme park, Disneyland. Nearly forty years later, Sully retired as the vice-president of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. This is the story of his life.
Heidi Says . . .
As I said above, I devoured this book. I just loved everything about it. With the help of Jim Korkis, “Sully” has shared 40 years worth of Disney stories that are both fun and interesting to read.
From his humble beginnings as a ticket taker for the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland (just days after the park opened), to his time as vice president of the Magic Kingdom, each story interested and intrigued me. In addition to spending time working at both the California and Florida theme parks, Sully also helped Walt Disney and the Disney company at the Winter Olympics in 1960, played a large part in the New York World’s Fair in 1964, was there for the opening of EPCOT Center, and spent months helping to get Euro Disney up and running successfully.
He rubbed elbows with some great names in Disney history, has TWO windows dedicated to him on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, and became a Disney Legend (a well-deserved honor).
I want to move to Florida and be Sully’s neighbor because I’m sure there are many stories left untold. But, the ones included in this book are definitely enjoyable to read.
If you’re the least bit interested in Disney history, I’d say this book is a must!
Be sure to head over to Theme Park Press and read the excerpts from this book. The forward (written by Sully’s daughter) and the Introduction (by Sully himself) are also available to read on the site.
***This post made possible by Theme Park Press.***