The Disneyland Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition : The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom

The Disneyland Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition : The Unofficial, Unauthorized, and Unprecedented History of Every Land, Attraction, Restaurant, Shop, and Major Event in the Original Magic Kingdom
Chris Strodder
June 2012
Hundreds of Black-and-White Photos
California, Best Seller
6 x 9
Trade Paper
Voted One of Library Journal’s Best Reference Books of the Year!
Whether you are planning a visit or are just a Disney fan, this is the book to own.”

Spanning the entire history of the park, from its founding more than 50 years ago to the present, this fascinating book explores over 500 attractions, restaurants, stores, events, and significant people from Disneyland.

Each of the main encyclopedia entries illuminates the history of a Disneyland landmark, revealing the initial planning strategies for the park’s iconic attractions and detailing how they evolved over the decades. Enriching this unique A-to-Z chronicle are profiles of the personalities who imagined and engineered the kingdom known as “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

This updated and expanded second edition includes:

  • Over 300 new photos
  • More historic photos of Disneyland in the 1950s and ’60s
  • Dozens of new or updated attractions, shops, eateries, and shows
  • More encyclopedia entries (over 500) describing virtually everything that’s ever been in Disneyland since it opened in 1955
  • Dozens of informative sidebars
  • More index listings for easier searching

Overflowing with meticulously researched details and written in a spirited, accessible style, The Disneyland Encyclopedia is a comprehensive and entertaining exploration of the most-influential, most-renovated, and most-loved theme park in the world!

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Author Information

Chris Strodder

This third edition of The Disneyland® Encyclopedia is Chris Strodder’s tenth book. Among his other works are The Disneyland Book of Lists (2015), the children’s book A Sky for Henry, an adventure story for young adults called Lockerboy, the comic novel The Wish Book, the Stories Light and Dark collection of short fiction, a pop culture compendium entitled The Encyclopedia of Sixties Cool, and Swingin’ Chicks of the ‘60s, a popular nonfiction volume of profiles that garnered international attention, as well as coverage in dozens of magazines ranging from the National Enquirer to Playboy, and exposure on national TV and radio shows.

Strodder’s writing has also appeared in Los Angeles magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, USA Today, California magazine, Movieline magazine, and others. The Disneyland Encyclopedia was named a “Best Reference Book” by Library Journal. An avid Disneyland visitor and collector since 1966, Strodder lives by the beautiful Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, California.


“This updated second edition is a treasure trove of information on the original Walt Disney wonderland. The Disneyland Encyclopedia is a marvelous reference guide to enjoy at home or on any visit . . . any time of the year.”
Rage Monthly magazine

“An indispensable tool for the Disneyland fan and researcher.”

“At over 500 pages it’s a grand collection of the history and trivia of Disneyland, all nicely organized with concise entries for just about everything that has been installed, exhibited, removed or considered for the Happiest Place on Earth.”

“True to its title The Disneyland Encyclopedia documents the smallest snack cart, the shortest lived shows, the favorite restaurants and the beloved attractions inside the Disneyland Park from its 1955 opening. . . . . It would be difficult to find any physical element of Disneyland that is not documented in the book’s entries.”

“The real achievement is having 57 years of Disneyland history in one book.”

“Just about every topic you could consider for trivia is present in this book even general topics of Disneyland lore such as the icon Disneyland attraction posters, secret apartments, and park marquees.”

“With over 500 separate articles, there’s bound to be something you learn about Disneyland within these pages and for that reason this compact encyclopedia is definitely must-own for a Disney fan and a perfect gift for the Disney nerd in your life!”