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UW-Whitewater welcomes Disney historian Todd James Pierce for a presentation on Walt Disney and the talented individuals who helped him realize his vision for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Constructing the beloved theme parks in California and Florida was an enormous task. Walt Disney needed to build a team of people with certain skills and goals in order to achieve the visual storytelling he imagined for the attractions in the parks. In many cases that meant redirecting those he hired so they could find passions and talents they didn’t realize they had. Pierce will share some of the stories behind Walt Disney and his designers as they worked together to create the theme parks that are among the most magical places on Earth.
Todd James Pierce is the author of nine books, including Three Years in Wonderland: The Disney Brothers, C.V. Wood, and the Making of the Great American Theme Park and The Life and Times of Ward Kimball: Maverick of Disney Animation. He also hosts the DHI (Disney History Institute) Podcast, which focuses on the history of Walt Disney, the Disney studio, and Disney theme parks.
Registration for Whitewater location requested, but not required. No registration needed for Janesville location.
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Both events are free and open to the public. Registration requested, but not required. Check your local library copies of Pierce’s books and for book groups. Do you have your own copy of one of Pierce’s book? Bring it along to one of the events for him to sign!
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Three Years in Wonderland
The Life and Times of Ward Kimball
I’m the author of two books on the history of animation and the work of the Disney Studios: Three Years in Wonderland and The Life and Times of Ward Kimball. In addition to my non-fiction, I'm the author of the novel, The Australia Stories and the story collection, Newsworld, which won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize and was a finalist for the John Gardner Book Award and the Paterson Prize. My work has been published in Fiction, The Georgia Review, Harvard Review, The Gettysburg Review, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Sun, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Willow Springs. I live in a little town called Orcutt (just north of Santa Barbara, California) and co-direct the Creative Writing program at Cal Poly University. Lastly I'm the host of the DHI podcast, a monthly show focused on the history of animation and theme park development.
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