Tuesday, May 12, 2009

" The Art of Walt Disney world " Review



I received two days ago a copy of the brand new "Art of Walt Disney World" book and let me tell you that it is THE artwork book of the year for all Disney World fans and Imagineering lovers!

Jeff Kurti and Bruce Gordon are the authors and they succeed to create a book even better than the previous "Art of Disneyland". Thanks to the gorgeous artwork, The Art of Walt Disney World is stunning from page 1 to page 138. The printing of the book is great and its size - 13.6" x 10.6" is perfect to pay tribute to all WDI artists who have some of their artwork reproduced inside the book.

When i opened the book two days ago i couldn't believe my eyes: almost all of the artwork in the book is shown for the first time! And God knows that i know a LOT of WDI artwork...

All WDI legendary artists are in the book, whether it is Herb Ryman with this Horizons in Future world painting...



Or Harper Goff with this beautiful "World Showcase Promenade Overview"...



Or Dorothea Redmond with this also beautiful "Adventureland Gate" painting...



And of course Mary Blair with this Contemporary Resort Grand Canyon Concourse Mural concept-art.



Marc Davis fans will be in heaven as many of Marc's artwork is reproduced in the book, including some less known renderings like these two for Pirates of Caribbean.




You will learn that Marc Davis designed too "some scenes and vignettes for show elements along the Rivers of America", like this one below.



Tomorrowland fans will love this Colin Campbell early concept for the WEDway People Mover showing its "dramatic entrance into a show building".



And Epcot Future World lovers will dream on Tony Baxter's first concept for The Living Seas pavilion.



And if you love as much as I do famous attraction posters then you're going to love this one, created for the now extinct 20000 Leagues under the Sea attraction.



Also reproduced into the book, some of the great Main Street Vehicles Ad Cards, like this one for the Jungle Cruise.



The dozens and dozens of gorgeous renderings - for most of them released for the first time - would be enough to put any reader in heaven, but there is more in The Art of Walt Disney World, and what will REALLY send you over the top are the dozens of renderings showing attractions projects that-never-were, and lot of them were totally unknown until now.

You probably knew that Herb Ryman designed a great "Africa" concept for World showcase...



But did you knew that a Thames River Ride was envisioned for the World Showcase United Kingdom pavilion?
Yes, including a reproduction of the Tower of London as well as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament as you can see on this Harper Goff rendering!



Mind you, that was not the only project for the U.K pavilion, as an Audio-Animatronics attraction based on the world of Charles Dickens was also developed - including Scrooge's encounter with the ghosts of Christmas. You will find many Sam McKim renderings about this attraction concept inside the book.



At Animal Kingdom, Joe Rhode first concept of Kali River Rapids was called Tiger Rapids Run and was originally a white water raft ride in the rain forests of India...



And although Animal Kingdom animals are all supposed to be real, WDI envisioned to add Audio-Animatronics to some scenes of that ride-that-never-was.



Do you remember Discovery Island? I loved it and it's sad to know that it's now closed forever, but the book will show you some incredible first concepts for this Island. Like this spectacular "Wreck of the Hispaniola" scene - inspired by Disney 1950's film Treasure Island.



Other Treasure Island elements also envisioned for the island were abandoned like this Ben Gunn's cave.



If you were at WDW between 1973 and 1978, you may have ride the Fort Wilderness Campground Railroad. But most of you - just like me - probably have never heard about it as it was operational five years only.



Walt Disney World Hotels are not forgotten in the book, and you will find dazzling renderings about them. But did you knew that a Main Street Hotel was envisioned for WDW Magic Kingdom? A kind of ancestor of our Disneyland Paris hotel, i suppose...



You see, "The Art of Walt Disney World" is a delight from the beginning to the end, an absolute must for any Disney theme park fan, and as i have said before, the book have so many renderings released for the first time that it's almost a miracle.

The price of the book is $49.95, but there is a little problem: the book is a Walt Disney World exclusive! Which means that, normally, you can't buy it anywhere else.
I saw it on Amazon.com or Ebay but prices are insane. So, if you don't plan to go at WDW anytime soon, the best solution would be to order it through the WDW mail order service. You have to call WDW at the (407) 363 62 00 and then press on "3" to arrive to the WDW mail order service. I just called them, and it's perfectly possible to order the book wherever you live. If you live in Europe, the book will cost you $99.95 including shipping and $59.95 only if you live inside the U.S... but at least it won't be the $200 that an Amazon marketplace seller is asking for!

All pictures: copyright Disney - WED Enterprises

23 comments:

RandySavage said...

I ordered it last week from WDW and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. Thanks to this preview I know it is well worth the $60. My only concern is that the entire book is around the same length as its Disneyland cousin. If only they could have put one out for each park?

Well, I guess I shouldn't get too greedy...

Matthrix said...

HOOO !! So Beautifull Book !
It's a perfect gift for my Birthday today ! :)

I want it ! i want it !

Anonymous said...

Alain could you please post a link where to place the mailorder?

Alain Littaye said...

I'll try to find it and will put it back later today

Mark Taft said...

Call (407)363-6200. This is the number in the US for Walt Disney World Mail Order. It is a beautiful book, worth every penny!
Mark
www.InsightsandSounds.blogspot.com

Matthrix said...

ho i'm stupid ! i will go to WDW in September so i will buy it there :)

Matt Hunter Ross said...

Wow - a Main Street Hotel - that would've been cool (though, think about what those rooms would've cost per night).

These are great pics - thanks for posting them, Alain. I'm going to pick this up ASAP!

Alain Littaye said...

Mark is right, You have to call WDW at the (407) 363 62 00 and then press on "3" to arrive to the WDW mail order service. I just called them, and it's perfectly possible to order the book wherever you live. If you live in Europe, with the shipping the book will cost you $99.95 and $59.95 only if you live inside the U.S.

Gilad said...

Alain, what if I live in the middle east (yes, I live there; and no - we don't ride on camels :) )?
How much will it cost me than ?

Anonymous said...

I just called and the woman said it was listed as "Discontinued" with no reorders listed.

Alain Littaye said...

The book is NOT Discontinued, I just called back to check if it was or not, and the book is DEFINITELY AVAILABLE for order ar the WDW mail order service.

About the shipping for the Middle East i don't know how much it could be, but not that much more than a shipping to Europe. Just call them to know the right price.

Anonymous said...

You need to give them the SKU number... I had the same problem with the lady, whose computer told her it was discontinued (what she is seeing is "The Art of Walt Disney" from years ago, not the brand new "Art of WDW")

SKU is 14415208.

Gilad said...

thanks :)

Alain Littaye said...

I don't know who you had on the phone, but the two ladies i had knew exactly which book i was talking about.
I don't have the sku number, but the ISBN number is: 978 142310673 9 , just in case it can be of some help.

But just ask the WDW ladies "the Art of WDW " book at $49.95 and they should know which one it is.

cypher22 said...

Oops !! $ 100 for Europe ? Im gonna cry ! Ti looks beautful, but its really expensive ! Im gonna wait to find it on some websites for a cheaper price (honestly, I cant imagine this exclusive rights for WDW will last long... well... I hope so !)

Tangaroa said...

Thanks for the great preview! I'm just sad because I have scans of a couple of these pieces from other sources that I've been saving for stories on Progress City but now everyone will have seen them by the time I get the stories written :)

I can't wait to see the book in person...

Mr. Laserbeam said...

Does anyone know what hours the telephone store keeps? I'd like to call when I get home from work. Also, if anyone has received the book, does it come in shrink-wrap? Thanks!

Royce Mathew said...

Everyone should buy this book because it exposes that Disney deliberately altered an unrelated quote of Marc Davis and fraudulently assigned it to a painting that Collin Campbell did. Then Disney (Marty Sklar directing Jason Surrell) used this to claim that Pirates of the Caribbean had a proposal of a pirate who transformed into a living skeleton and back again in the moonlight.

If you want to see photo comparison from this 2009 Disney book The Art of Walt Disney World Resort - to the 2005 & 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean book of the same painting - click on my Name / link above to go directly to the paintings.

And if you want to read more, check out the updated Chapter 6 on my website www.disneylawsuit.com

Anonymous said...

Everyone should buy this book because it exposes that Disney deliberately altered an unrelated quote of Marc Davis and fraudulently assigned it to a painting that Collin Campbell did. Then Disney (Marty Sklar directing Jason Surrell) used this to claim that Pirates of the Caribbean had a proposal of a pirate who transformed into a living skeleton and back again in the moonlight.

If you want to see photo comparison from this 2009 Disney book The Art of Walt Disney World Resort - to the 2005 & 2006 Pirates of the Caribbean book of the same painting - click on my Name / link above to go directly to the paintings.

And if you want to read more, check out the updated Chapter 6 on my website www.disneylawsuit.com


Oh, shut up, Royce, you big fat negative liar!!!

Royce said...

Dear Anonymous -

You and I are not so different that we both obviously enjoy art, entertainment and escapism.

So why do you speak like that to me, a human being who seeks accountability and respects both the artist and the fan?

Anonymous said...

These pictures are giving me good ideas for my treasure island project. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! YOU WILL BE MENTIONED!

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