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We’ve assembled a collection of some of our favorite theme park books. These are about the history and the development of theme park and attractions. Some of them have been guests on our podcast! If you follow the link it will help support our site by donating a few dollars to the development of themedattraction. Either way, we hope you enjoy our collection.

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Every Guest is a Hero: Disney’s Theme Parks and the Magic of Mythic Storytelling, Adam Berger

The Global Theme Park Industry, S Anton Clave

The Imagineering Field Guides are pocket-sized paperbacks that explain various details and behind-the-scenes as you walk the parks.

The American Amusement Park Industry: A History of Technology and Thrills, Judith A Adams

Hatch!: Brainstorming Secrets of a Theme Park Designer, McNair Wilson

The Grandest Day: A Journey Through Opryland U.S.A., The Home of American Music, Caleb Pirtle, III

The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them, Stephen Silverman

Cincinnati’s Coney Island, Charles Jacques

Hersheypark: The Sweetness of Success, Charles Jacques

The Kid of Coney Island: Fred Thompson and the Rise of American Amusements, Woody Register

The Great American Amusement Parks: A Pictorial History, Gary Kyriazi

The excellent Walt’s People series by Didier Ghez compiles decades of interviews with Disney artists, Imagineers, and others. A priceless collection allowing us to hear the stories from the ones who were there.

Pacific Ocean Park: The Rise and Fall of Los Angeles’ Space Age Nautical Pleasure Pier, Chris Merritt

The Wave Maker: The Story of Theme Park Pioneer George Millay and the Creation of Sea World, Magic Mountain and Wet’n Wild, Tim O’Brien

Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History, Michael Virgintino

Roller Coasters, Flumes and Flying Saucers: The Story of Ed Morgan and Karl Bacon, Robert Reynolds

Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment, David Younger

Theme Park Design: Behind The Scenes With An Engineer, Steve Alcorn

Six Flags Over Texas: The First Fifty Years, Davis McCown

Always Cedar Point: A Memoir of the Midway, John Hildebrandt

Books about Disneyland, Walt Disney Imagineering & theme park design.

The Disneyland Railroad: A Complete History in Words and Pictures, Steve DeGaetano

The Ward Kimball: The Story of Disneyland Engine No. 5, Steve DeGaetano

All Aboard: The Wonderful World of Disney Trains, Dana Amendola

Walt Disney’s Railroad Story: The Small-Scale Fascination That Led to a Full-Scale Kingdom, Michael Broggie

Disneyland: Dreams, Traditions, & Transitions, Disney

Design: Just for Fun, Bob Gurr

Since the World Began: Walt Disney World – The First 25 Years, Jeff Kurtti

Disneyland Through the Decades, Jeff Kurtti

Walt Disney’s Imagineering Legends, Jeff Kurtti

Poster Art of the Disney Parks, Handke & Hunt

Maps of the Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years from California to Shanghai, Hunt, Neary & Neary

Buzz Price, Walt’s Revolution!: By the Numbers, Harrison “Buzz” Price

Designing Disney, John Hench

Disneyland: Inside Story, Randy Bright

Walt Disney Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real, The Imagineers

Walt Disney’s Epcot Center: Creating the New World of Tomorrow, Richard Beard (three different versions of this title)

Walt Disney’s Disneyland, Chris Nichols

Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’’s Magic Kingdoms, Marty Sklar

One Little Spark!: Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering, Marty Sklar

Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality, Littaye & Ghez

Marc Davis in His Own Words: Imagineering the Disney Theme Parks, Pete Docter & Chris Merritt

Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career, Kevin Rafferty

Designing Disney’s Theme Parks: The Architecture of Reassurance, Karal Ann Marling

Three Years in Wonderland, Todd James Pierce

Walt Disney and the Promise of Progress City, Sam Gennawey

All Aboard: The Wonderful World of Disney Trains, Dana Amendola

Walt Disney World Railroads, Part 1: Fort Wilderness Railroad, David Leaphart

Window on Main Street: 35 Years of Creating Happiness at Disneyland Park, Van Arsdale France

Building A Better Mouse: The Story Of The Electronic Imagineers Who Designed Epcot, Steve Alcorn

The Disneyland Story, Sam Gennawey

In Service to the Mouse: My Unexpected Journey to Becoming Disneyland’s First President, Jack Lindquist

The Imagineering Way, The Imagineers

The Making Of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Melody Malmberg

The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic, Jason Surrell

The Imagineering Workout: Exercises to Shape Your Creative Muscles, The Imagineers

The Disney Mountains: Imagineering At Its Peak, Jason Surrell

More Mouse Tales: A Closer Peek Backstage at Disneyland, David Koenig

Realityland: True-Life Adventures at Walt Disney World, David Koenig

Mouse Tales: A Behind-The-Ears Look at Disneyland, David Koenig

Pirates of the Caribbean: From the Magic Kingdom to the Movies, Jason Surrell

The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney, Michael Barrier

The People V. Disneyland: How Lawsuits & Lawyers Transformed the Magic, David Koenig

Disney’s Dream Weavers: The Visionaries Who Shaped Disneyland, Freedomland, the New York World’s Fair, and Walt Disney World, Chuck Schmidt

Walt Disney: An American Original, Bob Thomas