• Three Years in Wonderland

  • The Disney Brothers, C. V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park
  • By: Todd James Pierce
  • Narrated by: Al Kessel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (44 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

While the success of Disneyland is largely credited to Walt and Roy Disney, there was a third, mostly forgotten dynamo instrumental to the development of the park: fast-talking Texan C. V. Wood. Three Years in Wonderland presents the never-before-told, full story of "the happiest place on earth".  

Using information from more than 100 unpublished interviews, Todd James Pierce lays down the arc of Disneyland's development from an idea to a paragon of entertainment.  

In compelling detail, Three Years in Wonderland lays out the struggles and rewards of building the world's first cinematic theme park and convincing the American public that a $17 million amusement park was the ideal place for a family vacation. The early experience of Walt Disney, Roy Disney, and C. V. Wood is one of the most captivating untold stories in the history of Hollywood. 

Pierce interviewed dozens of individuals who enjoyed long careers at the Walt Disney Company as well as dozens of individuals who - like C. V. Wood - helped develop the park but then left the company for good once the park was finished. Through much research and many interviews, Three Years in Wonderland offers listeners a rare opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who built the best-known theme park in the world.

©2016 Todd James Pierce (P)2019 Tantor

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A really great and interesting story.

A very honest telling of how Disneyland got constructed and the impact of C.V. Wood, the man somewhat stripped from official Disney history.

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Fascinating

I truly love this book. History is never black and white. It’s not clean and sterilized. It’s filled with gray; both people and events. That’s what this book presents; An in-depth history of the creation of Disney Land, warts and all. It’s not a sensationalizing tell-all. It’s a simple tale of the men who created an empire and how it came to be.

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Wonderful

Excellent behind the ears of Disneyland. Super entertaining Walt continued forward movement of his dream, with all the adversity is stunning. Must read book for all deep rooted Disney fans. And a total appreciation for Disneyland it’s roots and especially Walt Disney, Roy Disney !!

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Great book. Could not wait for the audiobook

I’ve listened to the DHI podcast for a long time. Was looking forward to the audiobook and it did not disappoint.

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MUST read for Disneyland Fans!!

Well written and read. Amazing detailed history of the Disneyland development. Great pick to read!

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Great background on Disneyland's creation

I loved the information presented here, as it gives a fairly deep insight into the process of building Disneyland. If you are into Disney, you'll likely enjoy this focused look at that time. HOWEVER, the narrator's overly professional tone really hindered my enjoyment. I can't really explain specifically what is off about the delivery other than to say the pronunciation is too professional and each sentence sounds as though it was read individually. Think Phil Hartman's professional announcer voice, and you'll get an idea of what the narration is like here.

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Great look at the development of Disneyland

The story of the creation of Disneyland is quite fascinating and while Disney has pretty much scrubbed their history to eliminate the involvement of C.V. Wood, it’s refreshing to hear the not sanitized version of the events. Only downside is the narration. Todd James Pierce hosts a podcast and has a wonderful performance voice that would have better accompanied this book. I was disappointed by the narration of Al Kessel as his performance feels over enunciated and condescending. He’s narrated a few other Disney related titles and he pretty much sucks the joy out of the content of those titles too. In any case, great content in this book let down by a not overly enjoyable narration.

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weak low energy

almost a good story do not buy blah blah lag meow mix 0leasr deliver onay