In this episode we welcome friend, author, and all around Disney fan Russell Flores to the show to help us discuss some Disney books. We talk about all sorts of Disney books that are in our collections. There is so many we don't even get to all of the ones we wanted to, hope you enjoy this, and get some good gift ideas or some to add to your want list. Plus the latest in the Disneyland Resort Current Events. 

Favorite Disney Books (Lynn)
      -Disneyland the Nickel Tour by Bruce Gordon and David Mumford
      -Disneyland Inside Story by Randy Bright
      -Walt Disney’s Disneyland by Chris Nichols
      -Mouse Tales, and more Mouse Tales by David Koenig
      -The Disneyland Story by Sam Genawey
      -Three Years in Wonderland by Todd James Pierce
      -Seen UnSeen Disneyland and More Seen Unseen Disneyland by Russell Flores
      -The Unofficial Disneyland 1955 Companion by Jim Korkis
      -Secret Stories of Disneyland and More Secret Stories of Disneyland by Jim Korkis
      -The Disneyland Encyclopedia by Chris Strodder
      -Disneyland Hotel by Donald Ballard
      -Window On Main Street By Van France
      -Inventing Disneyland by Alastair Dallas

   Walt Disney World
     -Since the World Began by Jeff Kurtti
     -The Unofficial Disney World 1971 Companion by Jim Korkis
     -Walt Disney’s Epcot Center by Richard R. Beard
     -Walt Disney World the First Decade
     -Walt Disney World The Now and Forever by Bruce Gordon and Jef Kurtti

   Walt Disney
     -The Animated Man by Michael Barrier
     -Walt Disney and American Original by Bob Thomas
     -Walt Disney The Triumph of the Amrerican imagination by Neal Gabler
     -Eat Like Walt by Marcy Cariker Smothers

     -Vault of Walt books by Jim Korkis
     -Walt and the Promise of Progress city by Sam Genawey
     -Building a Dream by Beth Dunlop
     -Designing Disney's Theme Parks the architecture of reassurance 
     -Walts Time By Richard Sherman and Robert, but with Bruce Gordon and David Mumford
     -E Ticket Magazines
     -Maps of the Disney Parks
     -Designing Disney By John Hench
     -The Haunted Mansion from the magic kingdom to the movies By Jason Surreal
     -The Unauthorized Story of the Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary Edition By Jeff Baham
     -Walt Disneys Imagineering one and 2
     -Walt Disney's Railroad Story by Michael Broogie
     -Disney the first 100 years by David Smith
     -Disney A to Z Encyclopedia By David Smith

   Upcoming books or newly released 
     -Marc Davis in his own words Imagineering the theme parks by Pete Doctor and Chris Merritt September 3 
     -Magic Journey by Kevin Raferity September 10
     -The Disney monorail by Jeff Kirtti and Vanessa Hunt October 22
     -David Koenig’s new book The 55’s

Favorite Disney Books (Russ)
    Want to see Russ' list of selected Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, and other Disney related books?  Selected Disney Books

    Would you like to see a list of Russ' library? Just go to Russ' Library Thing account at

​Disneyland Resort Current Event

Come meet us This week at the D23 Expo 2019! 

***This just in, come see us at booth 315E!***

Come see us, talk about Disney, and get both our books including our new

Cleaning the Kingdom: Night, Day, Past and Present. Also met our fellow authors

Russell Flores author of the Seen Un-Seen Disneyland book series and

Joshua Shaffer author of the Discovering The Magic Kingdom.

Do you already own ours or one of the other author's books and want it autographed?

Bring it in and we would all be happy to sign it.

More Info on our appearance

Can't make it to The D23 Expo, you can still get our books at the following:

   Cleaning the Kingdom Series by Lynn Baron and Ken Pellman

​   Seen Un-Seen Disneyland Series by Russell Flores

   Discovering The Magic Kingdom by Joshua Shaffer

At Haunted Mansion 50th anniversary bash, Disneyland stays weird 
By Todd Martens
Aug. 9, 2019

"And while Disney continues to perfect the art of selling nostalgia, plenty of major rides have celebrated pivotal anniversaries — Pirates of the Caribbean turned 50 two years ago — without the fanfare of the Mansion, for which Disney just staged two high-priced events ($300!) that allowed fans early access to commemorative merchandise — $60 jugs that glow with the Mansion’s inhabitants admittedly are pretty neat — and the ability to experience the ride and other attractions after hours until 4 a.m.

"Though nominally a party to buy merchandise or dine on limited-time food offerings that are never as good as year-round ones, the event, held after 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, also reveled in the Haunted Mansion’s mysteries. A bright light shone behind it, as if its ghosts were breaking free to flood the park, and fog surrounded guests as everyone cheered for funeral processions and listened to ghostly characters serenade us as we rode the Mark Twain Riverboat at 2 a.m."

LA Times

Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion: 50 Years of Magic, Mystery and Weirdness
By Brady MacDonald - August 8, 2019

"The Haunted Mansion is the most magical of Disneyland rides in the most literal way: The 50-year-old attraction is an optical illusion that constantly changes depending on your point of view."


Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and these grim grinning ghosts have plenty of memories
August 7, 2019

Orange County Register

Haunted Mansion at 50: Decades of delays and distractions nearly derailed Disneyland’s venerable dark ride
August 8, 2019

Orange County Register

Giant Bronze Rocks Being Removed from Tomorrowland Entrance at Disneyland
Aug 15, 2019

"When Tomorrowland reopened as “New Tomorrowland” in 1998 at The Happiest Place On Earth, its entrance was marked by new signage in addition to huge bronze “french fry”-shaped rocks in front of the Astro Orbitor attraction that welcomes guests into the futuristic land. And today, it seems that Disneyland has decided to do away with the monuments that some guests have considered an eyesore for the past two decades."

Laughing Place

Disneyland is removing the ‘french fry’ rocks in front of Tomorrowland
August 15, 2019

Orange County Register

Disneyland attendance drops despite launch of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
August 6, 2019

Orange County Register

Disney stock falls after a disappointing earnings report. Here’s what happened 
By Ryan Faughnder
Aug. 6, 2019

"Disney earnings fell well short of Wall Street estimates in the third quarter, dropping 28% from a year ago, partly because of the worse-than-expected performance of Fox assets, including the movie studio that produced the recent box office flop 'Dark Phoenix.'
"Disney earned $1.35 a share on revenue of $20.25 billion during the quarter that ended June 29, the company said Tuesday. That compared with $1.87 a share on revenue of $15.23 billion during the same period last year.

"Analysts had predicted earnings of $1.72 a share and sales of $21.45 billion in the quarter.
"The parks and consumer products segment posted a 4% increase in operating income to $1.72 billion, even as attendance at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., declined 3%.

"Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy said the drop in visits was because of efforts to control crowding during the weeks after the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Anaheim. Walt Disney World customers, she said, were waiting to visit the Florida park until the new Star Wars attraction opens. Executives also said Disneyland customers may have stayed away from the California park out of concern over the big crowds for Galaxy’s Edge, which opened in May."

LA Times

Disneyland ejects LA rapper Ohgeesy, his entourage after alleged gun threat
August 7, 2019

Orange County Register

Chunk of plaster breaks off Matterhorn Bobsleds, forcing partial closure of Disneyland roller coaster
August 8, 2019

Orange County Register

Disneyland Railroad breaks down forcing evacuation and stranding engine
August 12, 2019

Orange County Register

Wed, August 7, 2019
Paddles Up! Disneyland Resort Cast Members Dig Canoe Race Tradition
by Kevin Rafferty

"For 54 years, at dawn’s first light, Disney cast members, Imagineers and employees have gathered at the Rivers of America in Disneyland park to compete for the championship in the time-honored and summertime tradition of the canoe races."
Mon, August 5, 2019
Mobile Ordering on the Disneyland App Expands to New Locations throughout Disneyland Resort, including Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats and Mint Julep Bar
by Michael Ramirez

"Six new fast casual and quick-service restaurant locations have recently been added to the mobile order lineup on the Disneyland app. At Disney California Adventure park, you can now mobile order your favorite cool treat from Schmoozies!, Rita’s Baja Blenders, Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. and Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats. At Disneyland park, Mint Julep Bar and Troubadour Tavern now offer mobile ordering at the touch of a button."

Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland Resort Update: New Boo & Electric Too
By Brian Pinsky - August 5, 2019


Disneyland Update – Matterhorn Mischief, Train Trouble, and Haunted Happenings
August 12, 2019

"Yesterday, around 2:45pm the Disneyland Railroad’s Ward Kimball blew out an axle on the Galaxy’s Edge trestle. The cars were evacuated and then pulled back to New Orleans Square, but the locomotive remained on the tracks for the remainder of the day as it couldn’t be towed back to the roundhouse without heavy reinforcements.  

"Some will recall that train conductors warned that the increase in grade of the Railroad between the New Orleans Station and the new Galaxy’s Edge bridges and waterfalls could put extra stress on Disneyland’s aging fleet of locomotives. We have no idea what precipitated this failure, but it does warrant investigation. Which we are sure Disney will do.  

"Unfortunately, with one train already down for refurbishment, that leaves just two trains for regular operations until engine no. 5 can be repaired. Be prepared for longer than normal waits for the Disneyland Railroad."


Winner of Disneyland’s Gift Giver Extraordinaire Claims Prize After 30 Years!
By Nathan Villamor - August 15, 2019

"Today, history has come full circle for a guest who won one of those park passes over 30 years ago. Tamia Richardson from Edington, Alberta Canada was the lucky winner of free tickets on her last visit in 1985 when she was 14 years old. Tamia held onto that pass for 34 years and used it today for admission with her two daughters, Mia and Maren."


MiceAge Disneyland Rumor Update – Promising the Moon
By Al Lutz - August 13, 2019


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