Walt Disney’s Donald Duck in Disneyland
Told by Annie North Bedford
I saw this book at a swap meet a few years ago and, despite its bad shape, just had to pick it up! I had never seen a children’s book about the parks like this before! The copyright inside says 1955 and 1960, so this book is from the early years of Disneyland. The pages are pretty fragile, with rips and places where children colored on the pages; the typical “Golden Book” bind is gone from the outside as well. None of this bothers me really though, gives the book character, plus I am still able to read the story!
The story is about Donald taking his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie, to Disneyland. Donald wants to ride the train to see everything and take it slow, but the mischievous boys have other plans. Donald spends the trip worrying and looking for the boys while they are having a ball riding all of the great rides in Disneyland.
Rides featured in the book include the Sky Ride and Monorail by name, but there are others that are not named but are easily recognized, such as the Jungle Cruise and Matterhorn.
I am determined to find out if there are more books like this out there, if so, I want to find them! Anything with pictures or text regarding the parks interests me, and this book combines that and loveable Disney characters. As a storyline itself, the book is lacking, but I think this may be because of the style of writing in the time period and I would not be surprised if this book was made mainly to show off Disneyland. Regardless, I consider this book a great piece of Disney literature history and will forever covet this book!
If you would like a copy of this book for yourself, they seem to be sold on Amazon from used, of course, so there aren’t any pictures of the books and the prices seem to vary widely. Here’s a link for Amazon: Donald Duck in Disneyland or use my pictures to check eBay for copies if you are interested.