Here are the books we recommend written by current or former Walt Disney Imagineers. These books give a unique insight into the world of themed entertainment and theme park design. Like the many facets of theme park design, our recommended books cover a broad range of topics covering many aspects of Disney theme parks and Walt Disney Imagineering.
Walt Disney Imagineer Kevin Rafferty has overseen the creation of some of the Disney parks most iconic attractions such as: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach water parks, Cars Land, Toy Story Mania, Test Track, Tower of Terror, and more. You will be taken on a journey through his career with WDI and all the amazing stories along the way.
If you would like to learn more about the design maangement principles, lessons learned leading large scale design teams, integration/collaboration, and techniques used to deliver Disney and large scale commercial design projects, check out my book.
About the Author J. Daniel Jenkins, AIA, NCARB is a licensed Architect, Theme Park Design Consultant, and former Senior Project Design Manager at Walt Disney Imagineering with over twenty years of subject matter expertise and design team leadership experience. Jenkins is the creator of themeparkarchitect.com who's goal is to teach individuals about theme park architecture and design, how to become theme park architects and designers, and discuss themed entertainment industry related topics. For nearly a decade, Mr. Jenkins has worked in the themed entertainment industry on new themed entertainment attractions, theme park lands, and new theme parks. Upon leaving Walt Disney Imagineering, Jenkins started his own Design Management Consulting company where he has consulted with and provided subject matter expertise and project leadership for new, confidential projects for several themed entertainment companies. Mr. Jenkins holds a five-year Master of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Virtual Design and Construction Certificate from Stanford University.