THREE YEARS IN WONDERLAND.

ThreeYearsInWonderland[Book: Todd James Pierce – 2016 – 15x22cm – 302 Pages]. “Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C.V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park. While the success of Disneyland (Anaheim, California) is largely credited to Walt and Roy Disney, there was a third, mostly forgotten dynamo instrumental to the development of the park – fast-talking Texan C.V. Wood. This book presents the never-before-told, full story of “the happiest place on earth.” Using information from over one hundred unpublished interviews, Todd James Pierce lays down the arc of Disneyland’s development from an idea to a paragon of entertainment. In the early 1950s, the Disney brothers hired Wood and his team to develop a feasibility study for an amusement park Walt wanted to build in southern California. “Woody” quickly became a central figure. In 1954, Roy Disney hired him as Disneyland’s first official employee, its first general manager, and appointed him vice president of Disneyland, Inc. where his authority was exceeded only by Walt. A brilliant project manager, Wood was a con man of sorts. Previously, he had forged his university diploma. A smooth-talker drawn to Hollywood, the first general manager of Disneyland valued money over art. As relations soured between Wood and the Disney brothers, Wood found creative ways to increase his income, leveraging his position for personal fame. Eventually, tensions at the Disney park reached a boiling point, with Walt demanding he be fired.” Chapter Points: How The Story Ends; The Other Walt Disney; From Animation To Amusements; The Money And The Land; And Still Nothing Is Built; Conflicts And Construction; Grand Openings; Walt And Wood; Acknowledgments; Notes; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Excellent.