The Imagineering Field Guide Series- Hollywood Studios

The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World: An Imagineer’s-Eye Tour
By The Imagineers

…..Do you think this book has a long enough name? Sheesh!

This is the first in the Imagineering Field Guide series that I read and I will be honest, I went into reading the book a little nervous that it would be relatively complicated.  I mean, the book is written by Imagineers, the technical geniuses of the Disney company and I was not sure how technical a field guide written by them would be.

Naturally, the Imagineers planned for this worry just as they plan for everything! Within the first few pages of this book, there was a brief history of Imagineering, names and descriptions of the disciplines used in the field of Imagineering and even the definitions of “lingo” that would be used within the book! They were fully prepared for amateurs like me to read this book!

The book itself is broken up into each section of the park.  The beginning talks about the history of the park as a whole and how it has evolved over the years.  After this part, each “land” of the park gets its own section solely used to describe that area of the park, its dynamic and the attractions found within.  Each section is even color coated, Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Echo Lake, Animation Courtyard, Pixar Place and Backlot and Production

After reading this book, you will never look at some of the pieces of Hollywood Studios the same again! There are so many details to look for after you read this, it will give you a whole new appreciation for the work that went into making the Studios.  This book is for all readers who are interested in learning more about Hollywood Studios and gets two thumbs way up!

What I learned from this book:

  • The stores that opened after the park was open had signs in the windows prior to their opening that said “Back when it’s over over there” or “Gone to fight!”, setting the time period for Sunset Boulevard.
  • That Tower of Terror could have been even creepier according to it’s concept art! (Not a huge fan of the attraction)
  • MuppetVision 3D was Jim Henson’s last film project before his death.
  • How important, detailed and themed some signage can be, even the bathroom signage!

Have you read this book? What are some things you learned from this book? Leave your comments below and let me know! If you have not read this book yet, what are you waiting for?! Purchase The Imagineering Field Guide to Disney’s Hollywood Studios today!

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3 Responses to The Imagineering Field Guide Series- Hollywood Studios

  1. Jeswel says:

    Have read at least one of the field guides and love them. I woulda like to have seen two kinds of books – these smaller ones with great tidbits & insights. Then a larger series of books with more detail.

    • Jess says:

      I completely agree! In this book, they are limited in what they can say, they typically used only about 2 pages for each attraction and you know there must be so much more they could say!

  2. Chris says:

    These books are fun. I originally stayed away from then, thinking that their small size would translate into skimpy content. Fortunately I was wrong.

    I agree that larger-format editions would be great. Simply keeping the same text but including larger versions of the concept art would be worth the price.

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