“Walt’s Apprentice: Keeping the Disney Dream Alive” by Disney Legend Dick Nunis was announced by Nunis at the Destination D23 event in November, and is now available for preorder. The book is scheduled to release October 11th, 2022 and is listed at 320 pages. The cover was not final at Destination D23 and has not been revealed online yet. I’m currently reading Not Just a Walk in the Park: My Worldwide Disney Resorts Career by Disney Legend James Cora, I enjoy the first-person stories. Read more about “Walt’s Apprentice: Keeping the Disney Dream Alive” below from the publisher!
Cover Not Final
Walt’s Apprentice: Keeping the Disney Dream Alive is the memoir of Disney Legend Dick Nunis. It is a warm personal reminiscence of learning directly from Walt Disney for 12 years, followed by more than 30 years devoted to championing his vision and standards as the Disney empire grew.
The story covers Disney’s highlights, including the 1960 Winter Olympics, 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair, and the development and opening of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Unlike other Disney books, this story is told from the perspective of operations rather than Imagineering. It touches on decisions that defined the guest experience and Disney’s reputation for quality in areas ranging from capacity and people-moving, training, delivering a consistent “good show,” food service, and more.This first-person narrative is presented as a series of wide-ranging vignettes. Some vignettes focus on personal, character-shaping events, such as the injury that ended his collegiate football career. Other stories touch on national events, such as Nikita Khrushchev’s derailed visit to Disneyland, the decision to close the park following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan’s assistance in expediting the visa process for cast members staffing the Epcot World Showcase. Few people have enjoyed a life so immersed in Disney magic.
About the Author
Dick Nunis was a cast member when the gates of Disneyland opened in 1955. For the next eleven years, he learned professional and personal lessons from his mentor Walt Disney, America’s greatest showman. This personal journey takes us through his remarkable 44-year career with the Walt Disney Company, beginning as an hourly cast member, and rising to Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, where he nurtured and applied with unwavering dedication and tireless energy the lessons he learned alongside Walt Disney. Thanks to his contributions, Dick Nunis is a Disney Legend, and Walt’s Disney’s dream of creating “the happiest places on earth” continue to delight each new generation of guests around the world.
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