Resources


Do you ever wonder how you can learn more about spatial storytelling and aesthetic philosophy? Although much of what I know is based on me visiting and analyzing Walt Disney World, I’ve spent a great deal of time researching outside sources, both tangible and digital. I’ve included some resources below that inspire me to explore. I hope you enjoy!

From Wikimedia Commons

Books:

  • The Little Black Book of Walt Disney World by Rona Gindin: If I had to credit a single book for the start of this blog, I’d choose this one. I got it when I was a little kid, and it opened my eyes to how much more there is at Disney than meets the eye. Also, this book was how I learned that Jerry Goldsmith composed the score for Soarin’ over California, which is one of my favorite park scores, period. Don’t use this book to navigate around the park, though—they have changed greatly since the time of publication.
  • The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World, 3rd Edition by Susan Veness: Veness’ Hidden Magic is likely the most accessible guide to aesthetic intricacy at Disney that I have ever explored. It also fits well into a Loungefly backpack, which are basically THE bags to carry with you at Disney, so you can learn while you’re there!

TV Shows:

  • Behind the Attraction (available on Disney+): This show highlights the interdisciplinary approach to beauty that Disney displays in several iconic attractions, from Haunted Mansion to Hall of Presidents. It feels a little propagandistic at times because it’s a show made by Disney about Disney, but I do learn quite a bit from each documentary.
  • The Imagineering Story (available on Disney+): One of my best friends absolutely loves this show; I just haven’t gotten my hands on it quite yet.

YouTube:

  • Defunctland (YouTube show): This show highlights failures at various theme parks and what exactly made each attraction shut down. It sounds sort of pessimistic, but I’ve found it very thought-provoking.
  • TPM Vids, Attractions 360, etc. (YouTube channels): If you ever want to analyze an attraction for yourself but can’t go to the parks, just look for an on-ride POV from these and similar channels!
  • Disney Food Blog (YouTube channel and blog): Look for AJ’s “secrets” videos.

Instagram:

  • Joe Rohde: Mr. Rohde is probably my all-time favorite Imagineer still living. He was most famously involved in Pandora over at Animal Kingdom. But even if he didn’t do all that, he’d still be a great role model to me because of his aesthetic philosophy posts on Instagram. His writing is easily the most thought-provoking I’ve ever read from anyone using social media today.
  • The Mouselets: These sisters produce lively, accessible videos about blink-and-you’ll-miss-it wonders at Walt Disney World.
  • Walt Disney World Bathrooms: This sounds crass, but if the architecture behind Disney World bathrooms warrant an Instagram account, then you know the art is top-notch.

Websites:

  • The Epcot Legacy: As evident by the name, this website is dedicated almost exclusively to EPCOT, but the passion and commitment behind it is virtually unparalleled. There’s also an awesome documentary on the website.
  • Parkeology: If I had to choose a website that demonstrates what I want to do with The Musing Mouse, Parkeology would come closest. It is also the resource from which I’ll most likely learn something new about Disney parks.

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