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MousePlanet Mailbag for October 27, 2005
We receive considerable feedback regarding our site. Although we cannot publish them all, the following may be of interest to our readers.
Feedback for contributor Richard Kaufman
Several readers have written in response to Richard Kaufman's book reviews, found in the More Mouse section of MousePlanet (link).
First, Richard notes: "In my review of The Disney Keepsakes, I explained how to assemble the reproduction of the terrific Alice Wonderbook that was included and wondered why it had not been pre-assembled (as it most certainly would have been when it was first given out in 1969 at the theaters where Alice in Wonderland was being re-released in London). I received a very kind letter from Robert Tieman, author of the book and manager of the Disney Archives":
Through correspondence with Brian Sibley, the Disney historian, author, and collector who suggested including the Alice Wonderbook in The Disney Keepsakes, and Robert Tieman, we've actually managed to sort all of this out. The copies of the Alice Wonderbook in the Disney Archives are all flat and unassembled, exactly as it came from the printer, and exactly as it comes in The Disney Keepsakes. The Archives didn't have a copy of the booklet as it was assembled after it left the printer and was sent to the U.K. So, it was only natural for Mr. Tieman to assume that the booklet was given out "flat." Mystery solved.
Robert closed his letter with the intriguing note: "Anyway, thanks again for all the support over the years. Who knowsthere might be another book down the road." I have only one question: Where do I send my money now!
Michelle Griffin writes in response to Richard's review of Around the World with Disney:
Richard's review of Disneyland: Then, Now, and Forever generated the following letters.
Emma Henderson writes:
Tim O'Day, the book's co-author, writes:
Needless to say, it's very gratifying when both regular Disney lovers and the authors of the books respond to a review. I enjoy writing them and I'm glad you seem to enjoy reading them. Regarding availability:
The Disney Keepsakes is available from both Amazon.com.
Disneyland: Then, Now, and Forever and The Art of Disneyland are available at the Disney theme parks and through Disney DelivEars (800-362-4533).
Around the World with Disney is available at the Disney theme parks and through Walt Disney World Merchandise Guest Services (407-363-6200).
MouseShoppe sells all of these books and I highly recommend their service. Click here (link) to visit MouseShoppe.
Louis Gonzalez writes in about The Art of Disneyland:
Richard responds: "Thanks for your comments, Louis, but I see no pixelization whatsoever in the reproduction of the artwork. Perhaps your eyesight is better than mine."
Richard's review of The Imagineering Field Guide (link) prompted Terre Mulkey to write:
Mike Whitener writes:
There are numerous photo books of Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea - they will be the subject of an upcoming review I'm planning. Unfortunately they are all in Japanese and available only at the Tokyo Disneyland Resort. Look on eBay for titles such as Tokyo DisneySea Perfect Guidebook. They are filled with a huge number of beautiful color photos of the park.
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact Richard via our Mailbag here.
Feedback for Alex Stroup
Alex Stroup answers some reader questions:
Don Dobrez writes:
You are correct that they are not having a Haunted Mansion Holiday merchandise event this year, for the first time since they started to the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay. While no official explanation was given, the most likely reason is that after several years of doing the same event they felt interest had begun to decline. Also, with so many events surrounding the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland it may have been seen as redundant or distracting to hold the event.
Rusty Wornom wrote in asking about a photo used for the Walt Disney World Update:
What happened is this, I didn't have a photo appropriate to the topics in the Park Update so I did what I usually do and combed through our file photos looking for something interesting yet bland, and preferably unused for that purpose before. This one was labeled "Hall of Presidents" and I didn't pay enough attention to notice that it was a photo of the building that partially served as inspiration for the Hall of Presidents. (See Brian Bennett's Liberty Square photo tour here).
So it was simply an oversight on my part.
Thoughts, questions, or comments? Contact Alex here.
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