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One Day at Disney – Book Review

If you’ve ever been to a Disney park or watched one of their classic films, one thing that comes to mind is magic. And a lot of that magic is kept alive by the thousands of people that are apart of the Walt Disney Company.

And to help put a spotlight on some of the creative forces that work in front and behind the camera, the company has made the One Day at Disney book.

A bit of background on the book, according to Disney:

On a Thursday in 2019, a small army of photographers and videographers scattered across the globe to capture what goes on beyond those tantalizing “Cast Members Only” doors – whether eavesdropping on historic endeavours or typical tasks. All the photos in this book were taken on that single Thursday, beginning early in Tokyo and following the sun around the world through
Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Madrid, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and dozens of places throughout the United States. More than 40 hours after it began, the day ended as the sunset on the
Aulani resort in Hawaii. On that day, some 80 Cast Members agreed to open up their workshops, dressing rooms, kitchens, cubicles, TV studios, labs, locomotive engines – and some even more surprising and diverse workspaces. They also shared their stories: childhood dreams and chapters, career pivots and triumphs, workaday hurdles and joys. It was just a day in the life, as extraordinary as any other day at Disney. As any Cast Member can tell you, a Disney job is less a destination than a limitless journey. And for just One Day at Disney, we can all tag along for the ride.

The One Day at Disney book is 224-pages and perfect for your coffee table. The book itself has a beautiful hardcover with a dust jacket that is embossed.

The layout of the book is colourful across a black background to make it really pop.

While not every cast member at the Walt Disney Company could be featured in this book. It does highlight a few including:

  • Eric Baker: The Walt Disney Imagineer who has overseen the creation of many of the intricately detailed props and lifelike creatures that inhabit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the newest lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts
  • Ashley Girdich: A talented Walt Disney Imagineer who, as a Research and Development Project Manager, drives plans and helps teams execute some of the innovative robotics technology projects being created for our Parks around the world
  • Eric Goldberg: The legendary animator known for creating the Genie in Aladdin and Phil in Hercules, directing Pocahontas, as well as for animating Mickey Mouse in the Academy Award-nominated short Get a Horse!
  • Mark Gonzales: A Los Angeles native who works on the world-famous Disneyland Railroad
  • Grace Lee: A senior illustration manager at Disney Worldwide Publishing who has worked on titles from Zootopia to Fancy Nancy
  • Zamavus “Zama” Magudulela: The talented South African actor currently playing Rafiki in the Madrid production of phenomenally successful musical The Lion King
  • Ryan Meinerding: Marvel Studio’s head of visual development who has worked on films including Avengers: Endgame and Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Dr. Natalie Mylniczenko: The veterinarian who cares for creatures large and small at Walt Disney World Resort, including a number of endangered and threatened species.
  • Jerome Ranft: The skilled Pixar artist who created detailed sculptures for animators to use as reference for such films as Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, and Ratatouille
  • Robin Roberts: The former ESPN sportscaster has been co-anchor of the Emmy® Award-winning, top-rated morning show, Good Morning America, since 2005

The book is divided up into eight chapters talking about a different part of the day and cast members that work.

Chapter One of the book focuses on Midnight to 3 AM and starts in Los Angeles. Chapter Two puts an emphasis on those working at Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disney. While Chapter Three is about the cast members working Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Chapter Four is about the cast members onstage, on TV and those at Disney Stores.

Chapter Five gives us a look at Disney Animation Studios and Chapter Six comes back to LA, specifically Disneyland. Chapter Seven brings us to Hong Kong Disneyland and Chapter Eight wraps up the One Day at Disney to an end.

As mentioned above, each of the chapters profiles a number of cast members with info about their hometown, their job at Disney and what’s their favourite Disney movie, attraction or theme park.

There’s also a paragraph or two on each cast member alongside a bit about their role at Disney.

Alongside the book launch of One Day at Disney, the company is also launching 52-episode short-form series of the same name that are around 4 to 7 minutes in length. There is also a feature-length documentary that gives us an in-depth look at some of the people mentioned in the book.

Overall, the One Day at Disney book is a great insight to some of the people creating the magic at Disney across all aspects of the company from TV and film to the Disney parks around the world. If you’re a Disney fan, you’ll enjoy this book and it works well with the documentary and docu-series shorts.

The One Day at Disney book is available on December 3rd from and Chapters in Canada and Disney’s website in the US.

By Sachin Bahal

Sachin is the editor-in-chief of TheCanadianTechie, a site he started in 2012 to become the ultimate, independent source for tech enthusiasts or “techies”. He is a versatile writer with a passion for technology and loves to write about gaming, entertainment, tech and more.

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