“The Imagineering Story” Book by Leslie Iwerks Releasing November 8th, 2022, Available for Preorder

Hi everyone!

The cover was revealed today for “The Imagineering Story: The Official Biography of Walt Disney Imagineering” by Leslie Iwerks, the filmmaker behind the Disney+ series. The book is currently scheduled to release November 8th, 2022. The information says it will be 752 pages (originally it said 640 – but whatever the size, it’s at the top of my Disney book list this year!) Read below for more information from the publisher about “The Imagineering Story: The Official Biography of Walt Disney Imagineering”.

The highly acclaimed and rated Disney+ documentary series, The Imagineering Story, becomes a book that greatly expands the award-winning filmmaker Leslie Iwerks’ narrative of the fascinating history of Walt Disney Imagineering.

The entire legacy of WDI is covered from day one through future projects with never-before-seen access and insights from people both on the inside and on the outside. So many stories and details were left on the cutting room floor―our book allows an expanded exploration of the magic of Imagineering.

So many insider stories are featured.

° Sculptor Blaine Gibson’s wife used to kick him under the table at restaurants for staring at interesting-looking people seated nearby, and he’d even find himself studying faces during Sunday morning worship. “You mean some of these characters might have features that are based on people you went to church with?” Marty Sklar once asked Gibson of the Imagineer’s sculpts for Pirates of the Caribbean. “He finally admitted to me that that was true.”

° In the early days, Walt Disney Imagineering “was in one little building and everybody parked in the back and you came in through the model shop, and you could see everything that was going on,” recalled Marty Sklar. “When we started on the World’s Fair in 1960 and 1961, we had 100 people here. And so everybody knew everything about what was happening and the status of [each] project, so you really felt like you were part of the whole team whether you were working on that project or not. And, you know, there was so much talent here.”

 

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