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Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms (Disney Editions Deluxe) by Marty Sklar.

My wife ordered this book last year when she was planning a Disney trip for our family and I picked it up, hoping for a cohesive, behind the scenes story, about Disney history that I didn't know much about. Smooth this story is not, but enjoyable it is. This feels more like a dinner conversation with Sklar. It's choppy and reflective but the anecdotes are wonderful - here are a few of my favorites so far.

One is the story of Marc Davis - creator of of Tinker Bell, Cruella De Vil, and Maleficent - who had just presented Walt Disney with a series of park designs.

Wehn Walk, deep in thought, did not respond immediately, Marc stepped into he void. "Walt, I've got another idea for this, and it's a lot cheaper." Now Walt responded quickly. Putting a hand on Marc's shoulder, he set the tone for how Imagineers were to create for the Disney parks. "Marc," Walt said, "I have a whole floor of finance people and accountants upstairs who are going to tell me what the cheapest way to do something is. What I pay you for is to tell me the best way!"

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