Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park

Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park

Todd James Pierce


While the good fortune of Disneyland is basically credited to Walt and Roy Disney, there has been a 3rd, quite often forgotten dynamo instrumental to the advance of the park―fast-talking Texan C. V. wooden. Three Years in Wonderland provides the never-before-told, complete tale of “the happiest position on earth.” utilizing info from over 100 unpublished interviews, Todd James Pierce lays down the arc of Disneyland’s improvement from an concept to a paragon of entertainment.

In the early Fifties, the Disney brothers employed wooden and his workforce to boost a feasibility examine for an leisure park Walt desired to construct in southern California. “Woody” quick turned a principal determine. In 1954, Roy Disney employed him as Disneyland’s first legit worker, its first basic supervisor, and appointed him vp of Disneyland, Inc., the place his authority was once passed merely through Walt. an excellent undertaking supervisor, wooden used to be additionally a con guy of types. formerly, he had solid his college degree. A smooth-talker interested in Hollywood, the 1st basic supervisor of Disneyland valued funds over artwork. As family soured among wooden and the Disney brothers, wooden came across artistic how one can raise his source of revenue, leveraging his place for private popularity. ultimately, tensions on the Disney park reached a boiling element, with Walt not easy he be fired.

In compelling element, Three Years in Wonderland lays out the struggles and rewards of creating the world’s first cinematic subject park and convincing the yank public $17 million entertainment park used to be the best position for a relations holiday. The early event of Walt Disney, Roy Disney, and C. V. wooden is likely one of the so much eye-catching untold tales within the heritage of Hollywood. Pierce interviewed dozens of people who loved lengthy careers on the Walt Disney corporation in addition to dozens of people who―like C. V. Wood―helped increase the park yet then left the corporate for solid as soon as the park was once entire. via a lot learn and plenty of interviews, Three Years in Wonderland deals readers a unprecedented chance to face shoulder-to-shoulder with the boys and girls who equipped the best-known subject matter park within the world.

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