New book highlights stories from the women of Walt Disney Imagineering

Mary Blair

The long awaited book “Women of Imagineering: 12 Careers, 12 Theme Parks, Countless Stories” from Disney Editions is now available for pre-order on Amazon.

The book features unique and personal stories from twelve Imagineers: Elisabete Erlandson, Julie Svendsen, Maggie Elliott, Peggy Fariss, Paula Dinkel, Karen Connolly Armitage, Katie Olson, Becky Bishop, Tori Atencio, Lynne Macer Rhodes, Kathy Rogers, and Pam Rank.

Together the women represent decades of experience designing and building Disney’s world-wide empire of theme parks. Many of them have personal ties to the earliest days of Walt Disney Imagineering as well.

The book is illustrated with the women’s personal drawings and photos in addition to archival Imagineering images. It represents a broad swath of Imagineering’s creative disciplines during a time of unprecedented expansion.

Each chapter is written from a different Imagineer’s perspective and experience. Intertwined with memories of Disney legends are glimpses of what it takes behind the scenes to create a theme park, and the struggles unique to women who were becoming more and more important, visible and powerful in a workplace that was overwhelmingly male.

These Imagineers spent their careers telling stories in three dimensions for the public. Now they’ve assembled their stories in print, with the hope that their experiences will continue to entertain and illuminate future generations of women to join Walt Disney Imagineering.

Leota Toombs

The “Women of Imagineering” book is expected to be released on Oct 13, 2020 and clocks in at an impressive 384 pages. Pre-order it today via Amazon and help support The Disney Blog via the affiliate link that returns a small portion of the purchase price to us.

Previously: Ink & Paint by Mindy Johnson a fantastic look at the women of Disney animation.

1 thought on “New book highlights stories from the women of Walt Disney Imagineering”

  1. This looks so awesome! I’ve been watching the new Imagineering show on Disney+ recently, so I can’t wait for this to come out. To be honest though, I’ll basically get any Disney art or history book they come out with… Lol.

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