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Discover what it's like to report to work every day for The Walt Disney Company. Step behind the scenes to immerse yourself in one "ordinary" day at Disney. In addition to the book, the Disney+ team was on hand to capture stories along the way. A full-length documentary and 52 short-form episodes expand the profiles and delve deeper into the essence of what it's like to be Discover what it's like to report to work every day for The Walt Disney Company. Step behind the scenes to immerse yourself in one "ordinary" day at Disney. In addition to the book, the Disney+ team was on hand to capture stories along the way. A full-length documentary and 52 short-form episodes expand the profiles and delve deeper into the essence of what it's like to be a Disney cast member. On a Thursday in 2019, a small army of photographers and videographers scattered across the globe to capture what goes on beyond those tantalizing "Cast Members Only" doors - whether eavesdropping on historic endeavors or typical tasks. All the photos in this book were taken on that single Thursday, beginning early in Tokyo and following the sun around the world through Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Madrid, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and dozens of places throughout the United States. More than 40 hours after it began, the day ended as the sun set on the Aulani resort in Hawaii. On that day, some 80 Cast Members agreed to open up their workshops, dressing rooms, kitchens, cubicles, TV studios, labs, locomotive engines - and some even more surprising and diverse work spaces. They also shared their stories: childhood dreams and chapters, career pivots and triumphs, workaday hurdles and joys. It was just a day in the life, as extraordinary as any other day at Disney. As any Cast Member can tell you, a Disney job is less a destination than a limitless journey. And for just One Day at Disney, we can all tag along for the ride.


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Discover what it's like to report to work every day for The Walt Disney Company. Step behind the scenes to immerse yourself in one "ordinary" day at Disney. In addition to the book, the Disney+ team was on hand to capture stories along the way. A full-length documentary and 52 short-form episodes expand the profiles and delve deeper into the essence of what it's like to be Discover what it's like to report to work every day for The Walt Disney Company. Step behind the scenes to immerse yourself in one "ordinary" day at Disney. In addition to the book, the Disney+ team was on hand to capture stories along the way. A full-length documentary and 52 short-form episodes expand the profiles and delve deeper into the essence of what it's like to be a Disney cast member. On a Thursday in 2019, a small army of photographers and videographers scattered across the globe to capture what goes on beyond those tantalizing "Cast Members Only" doors - whether eavesdropping on historic endeavors or typical tasks. All the photos in this book were taken on that single Thursday, beginning early in Tokyo and following the sun around the world through Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Madrid, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and dozens of places throughout the United States. More than 40 hours after it began, the day ended as the sun set on the Aulani resort in Hawaii. On that day, some 80 Cast Members agreed to open up their workshops, dressing rooms, kitchens, cubicles, TV studios, labs, locomotive engines - and some even more surprising and diverse work spaces. They also shared their stories: childhood dreams and chapters, career pivots and triumphs, workaday hurdles and joys. It was just a day in the life, as extraordinary as any other day at Disney. As any Cast Member can tell you, a Disney job is less a destination than a limitless journey. And for just One Day at Disney, we can all tag along for the ride.

30 review for One Day at Disney: Meet the People Who Make the Magic Across the Globe

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour. When I first heard about this book I was beyond excited because I actually have the old One Day at Disney book that Disney put out in 2000. That book shows one day at the Disney parks. This book goes above and beyond the parks and shows cast members in all areas of the company. I loved the range of people and jobs they showcased. One of my favorites was Thomas Self, who checks the underwater mechanics of The I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour. When I first heard about this book I was beyond excited because I actually have the old One Day at Disney book that Disney put out in 2000. That book shows one day at the Disney parks. This book goes above and beyond the parks and shows cast members in all areas of the company. I loved the range of people and jobs they showcased. One of my favorites was Thomas Self, who checks the underwater mechanics of The Jungle Cruise. Who knew that Disneyland had divers to do that? My other favorite was Cyril Soreau, who is a fruit and Vegetable sculptor at Disneyland Paris. Aside from park jobs, jobs in Imagineering, television/film, hospitality, and live entertainment were all featured. The write-ups on each person were incredibly well done. I felt like I really got to know each person and what made them and their job unique. The book itself is a massive coffee table book that is absolutely gorgeous. The pictures are stunning. It is definitely a book you will want to proudly display. Overall, this book is perfect for fans of all things Disney. It gives fans an exclusive behind the scenes look into the magic of Disney.

  2. 5 out of 5

    JenLovesBooks

    This book had me all kinds of happy. Not only does it completely pertain to all things Disney, but the colors in here, with the stories of those working to keep that fantastical world going for many of us, the joy that exudes from these pages, is completely magical in itself.The pages come to life with all those stories and one full day of events and attractions becomes a lifetime of unforgettable memories. And there is so much to choose from when reading One Day at Disney. In a span of a full This book had me all kinds of happy. Not only does it completely pertain to all things Disney, but the colors in here, with the stories of those working to keep that fantastical world going for many of us, the joy that exudes from these pages, is completely magical in itself.The pages come to life with all those stories and one full day of events and attractions becomes a lifetime of unforgettable memories. And there is so much to choose from when reading One Day at Disney. In a span of a full day, we are taken through the process of dress making (Belle’s beautiful gown makes an appearance), to a diving maintenance crew led by a retired U.S. Navy vet who watches over so many of the cherished animals throughout Disneyland, to The Ganachery chocolate shop at Disney Springs run by a Chocolatier Chef that previously worked as the pastry chef for over a decade at Walt Disney World. But those are only a tiny fraction of what goes on in a full day, only a few of those hours that make Disney attractions what they have become. As one keeps reading throughout this book, we’re introduced to so much more we might not have known of or seen… all to keep the magic alive for all of us. And once you get to know many more of those that work to keep all Disney locations running smoothly around the world, the love for all things Disney intensifies even more. I really can’t get enough of this book. It brought back many of those memories my family and I have of our time at Disneyland, how colorful and how incredible it all was. It’s an enchanting read all the way to the last page. And, if that wasn’t enough, there’s also a documentary streaming now on Disney + (link to the documentary above). It’s an absolute must watch for any Disney fan, even more so while looking over the book. The combo of the two were positively pure magic! ***I received this copy from Disney Publishing Publicity, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***

  3. 5 out of 5

    Madi ~☆TheBookNerdDiaries☆~

    I love Disney so much I love Disney so much 🥺🥺🥺

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angela (Pooled Ink Reviews)

    pooled ink Reviews: One Day at Disney is a fascinating global look into what goes on in just one day at Disney and the expansive truth of it will drop your jaw. Stunning pictures that draw you in and dazzle your imagination, perspectives and personal pieces that give a foundational dose of reality upon which the magic is crafted, and page after page of experience and behind-the-scenes content that will have you clutching this book to your chest leaving you lost in thought in the endless dreams pooled ink Reviews: One Day at Disney is a fascinating global look into what goes on in just one day at Disney and the expansive truth of it will drop your jaw. Stunning pictures that draw you in and dazzle your imagination, perspectives and personal pieces that give a foundational dose of reality upon which the magic is crafted, and page after page of experience and behind-the-scenes content that will have you clutching this book to your chest leaving you lost in thought in the endless dreams and “What if’s” that its stories will inspire. An utterly intriguing must-read for any Disney fan. Find out more about One Day at Disney by visiting my tour stop! https://pooledink.com/2019/11/19/blog...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cori

    Beautiful, well-photographed coffee table book highlighting different Disney cast members, both those behind-the-scenes and those on stage. Has inspired my children to find more nuances in their future Imagineering dreams.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this book from the Mouse himself for this tour! Thanks Disney! All opinions are my own. Author: Bruce Steele, Bob Iger (introduction) Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Publication Date: December 3, 2019 Publisher: Disney Editions Recommended Age: 10+ (great for anyone really!) Synopsis: Discover what it's like to report to work every day for The Walt Disney Company. Step behind the scenes to immerse yourself in one "ordinary" day at Disney. In addition to the book, the Disney+ Disclaimer: I received this book from the Mouse himself for this tour! Thanks Disney! All opinions are my own. Author: Bruce Steele, Bob Iger (introduction) Book Series: Standalone Rating: 5/5 Publication Date: December 3, 2019 Publisher: Disney Editions Recommended Age: 10+ (great for anyone really!) Synopsis: Discover what it's like to report to work every day for The Walt Disney Company. Step behind the scenes to immerse yourself in one "ordinary" day at Disney. In addition to the book, the Disney+ team was on hand to capture stories along the way. A full-length documentary and 52 short-form episodes expand the profiles and delve deeper into the essence of what it's like to be a Disney cast member. On a Thursday in 2019, a small army of photographers and videographers scattered across the globe to capture what goes on beyond those tantalizing "Cast Members Only" doors - whether eavesdropping on historic endeavors or typical tasks. All the photos in this book were taken on that single Thursday, beginning early in Tokyo and following the sun around the world through Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Madrid, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and dozens of places throughout the United States. More than 40 hours after it began, the day ended as the sun set on the Aulani resort in Hawaii. On that day, some 80 Cast Members agreed to open up their workshops, dressing rooms, kitchens, cubicles, TV studios, labs, locomotive engines - and some even more surprising and diverse work spaces. They also shared their stories: childhood dreams and chapters, career pivots and triumphs, workaday hurdles and joys. It was just a day in the life, as extraordinary as any other day at Disney. As any Cast Member can tell you, a Disney job is less a destination than a limitless journey. And for just One Day at Disney, we can all tag along for the ride. Review: Okay let's start off this review by saying this is an amazing book. It's a documentary that covers the behind the scenes of Disney and... Guys... I'm in awe. I'm a Disney lover and I loved seeing all the bits and pieces that go into making every kid and kid at hearts dreams come true. The book is so cool and so special, definitely should be on your buy list if you or someone you know is a Disney lover. The writing makes you feel like you're having a personal conversation with these people and the art and pictures in it really make it a collectable of sorts. Definitely will be on my coffee table forever. Verdict: Definitely a must for this holiday season.

  7. 5 out of 5

    J.

    “A Disney job is less a destination than a limitless journey.” And boy, what a journey it is – even just in one day! The unprecedented book-and-documentary collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney+ explores what an “ordinary” day might look like for cast members at The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) across the globe and in various roles. Cast members’ stories are captured by astonishing behind-the-scenes photos and engaging text. Safe to say, you are going to want this book on “A Disney job is less a destination than a limitless journey.” And boy, what a journey it is – even just in one day! The unprecedented book-and-documentary collaboration between Disney Publishing Worldwide and Disney+ explores what an “ordinary” day might look like for cast members at The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) across the globe and in various roles. Cast members’ stories are captured by astonishing behind-the-scenes photos and engaging text. Safe to say, you are going to want this book on your coffee table. I was lucky enough to receive a pre-release copy, and I enjoyed it so much that I simply had to chase up editorial director Wendy Lefkon and author Bruce Steele to chat about it. Check out my interview with them at www.thedisneyblog.com Wendy says, “[t]he team was surprised over and over by how many fascinating roles there are at the company.” From Bob Iger’s position as CEO; to Thomas Self, an attraction machinist who works predominantly under water(!); to Cyril Soreau, Disneyland Paris’s unique food sculptor; and lawyer-turned-Photopass photographer Fabiola Kersul De Salles, there are countless interesting and exciting roles and personalities at TWDC at every level. There are some great trivia tidbits in there too: did you know that Disney Cruise Line required special permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to have yellow lifeboats instead of regulation-required orange? Naturally, the lifeboats had to be the same yellow as Mickey Mouse’s shoes! My favorite story comes from Animator extraordinaire and Director of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Eric Goldberg. He recalls one phone call with a Disney recruiter: “Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are doing a movie of Aladdin and they’re getting Robin Williams for the genie. I don’t know if you’re interested.” You just can’t make that stuff up! Each featured cast member’s favorite Disney film or attraction is another fun inclusion in the book – and the answers are equally diverse! Their input and experiences are just as magical as the memories they create, and TWDC need not look far for new story content. Every cast member’s journey could be the storyline for the Company’s next big hit. One Day at Disney makes you feel like you can do it – whether that is pursuing your own dream of working at TWDC, or more generally applying the lessons therein to your everyday life. Ultimately, “one day” you’ll reach to infinity – and beyond!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elisquared

    When I was selected for this blog tour, I screamed. I have been wanting this book since I found out about it, and I have another copy waiting to ship out on December 3rd. Why you may ask? Because I am a DISNEY FANATIC! My whole family lives, eats, and breathes Disney. We've been Annual Passholders since I was a child. We've seen almost every Disney movie (both animated and not), and yes, I'm talking even the old ones. We've been to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, with plans on Disneyland When I was selected for this blog tour, I screamed. I have been wanting this book since I found out about it, and I have another copy waiting to ship out on December 3rd. Why you may ask? Because I am a DISNEY FANATIC! My whole family lives, eats, and breathes Disney. We've been Annual Passholders since I was a child. We've seen almost every Disney movie (both animated and not), and yes, I'm talking even the old ones. We've been to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, with plans on Disneyland Paris next year. We only go on Disney cruises (5 and counting). We've been to D23 (and would love to go again). We decorate our house with Disney. We collect Disney. WE LOVE DISNEY. So to be able to get my grubby mitts on this book all about working at Disney was amazing!! Now, no matter how you feel about the Walt Disney Company, you have to admit, they put on a show for their guests. And in order to put that show on, they have to have a lot of help! Each cast member I have ever interacted with, from the maintenance staff to the head chef, has been welcoming and full of that Disney magic. To get to see the breath of jobs at the Walt Disney Company, and read about that cast members individual experience was so cool. You learn exactly what they do, and the possibilities are endless. While reading this book, I also learned some new things, which always makes me smile. Like the one cast member, Thom Self, who is an Attraction Machinist at Disneyland. Part of his job entails him diving under water to fix machine parts, like the animatronics in The Jungle Cruise, for example!! I didn't know that was a job! Each chapter within the book is broken down into periods of time, starting with 12:00AM all the way through 12:00PM (hence, the title). This allows the book to focus not only on the U.S. Disney properties and jobs, but the international ones too! Besides the very cool interviews with actual working cast members, the photographs that accompany each essay are gorgeous! They showcase the cast member and some other bits that involve their job. Also, the addition of the documentary will really connect with the book. You can do a trial of Disney+ if you want to check the documentary out on December 5th! As a subscriber (pay for it all myself), I feel like it is definitely worth it. I loved One Day at Disney, and it is the perfect coffee table book for my Disney crazy house.

  9. 5 out of 5

    BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)

    What I Loved: The photographs in this book were amazing! Each page is filled with beautiful photos giving the reader a wonderful look into each cast member’s day. Some photos are head-shots of the cast, or while they are working. Other pages have multiple shots of the person working on something. One of the many that I loved was Thomas Self. His page tells us that he is a machinist on The Jungle Cruise. The page talks about Thomas and his job. His photos though, were of him working on The Jungle What I Loved: The photographs in this book were amazing! Each page is filled with beautiful photos giving the reader a wonderful look into each cast member’s day. Some photos are head-shots of the cast, or while they are working. Other pages have multiple shots of the person working on something. One of the many that I loved was Thomas Self. His page tells us that he is a machinist on The Jungle Cruise. The page talks about Thomas and his job. His photos though, were of him working on The Jungle Cruise, in his scuba gear. There are close ups of him with the animals and I just loved getting that “behind-the-scenes” view. How I Felt: If you love Disney, this book will bring out the nostalgia in you! Each cast member’s bio includes their favorite Disney thing, and it was so fun to see what each of them love! The book is broken out into a literal day with each chapter a specific time frame of the day. We are introduced to the people that have the most prominent jobs during that time. Having the book broken out like this makes this more than just a coffee table book for me. It gave the book organization and made it so much more interesting the read. Overall, I loved this book and was so happy to have the chance to read it! To Read or Not To Read: If you love Disney, you’ll want to own this book. It is perfect for any Disney fan, child or adult! I was provided an advanced readers copy of this book for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily. All of my reviews are available at: https://shejustlovesbooks.com/

  10. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    ONE DAY AT DISNEY is the charming coffee table book all Disney fans need. The book takes you on a photographic journey through many of the different jobs held by employees around the globe. The blurbs give a great idea about their job and why love doing it as well as the breadth of experience and job types. This was a really fascinating book to flip through and read. Each person is featured in their job, from animatronics to analysis to hosting television shows on subsidiaries, and the fun detail ONE DAY AT DISNEY is the charming coffee table book all Disney fans need. The book takes you on a photographic journey through many of the different jobs held by employees around the globe. The blurbs give a great idea about their job and why love doing it as well as the breadth of experience and job types. This was a really fascinating book to flip through and read. Each person is featured in their job, from animatronics to analysis to hosting television shows on subsidiaries, and the fun detail of their favorite attraction is added to the book. From all over the globe, Disney employs such a huge range of professions, there is something for everyone to find intriguing. Whether read in sequence or a few pages at a time, this charming and fun book is a great addition to any Disney fan's collection. Please note that I received an ecopy of the book. All opinions are my own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    I’m a huge Disney fan and was actually at Walt Disney World when this book came out. I didn’t wanna shove it carelessly into my luggage so I was thrilled when I got it as a Christmas gift from my fiancé. This book made me so happy. I love the peeks into the lives of people in all aspects of the Walt Disney company. From the images to the stories, each page kept my interest and wanted to get to know these people even more. (I watched the documentary after reading this and wanted it to be more I’m a huge Disney fan and was actually at Walt Disney World when this book came out. I didn’t wanna shove it carelessly into my luggage so I was thrilled when I got it as a Christmas gift from my fiancé. This book made me so happy. I love the peeks into the lives of people in all aspects of the Walt Disney company. From the images to the stories, each page kept my interest and wanted to get to know these people even more. (I watched the documentary after reading this and wanted it to be more than an hour!) It’s a beautiful book that adds another level to my ever-growing Disney book collection.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    As a big Disney parks fan, I was interested in hesring about all the people that go into the magical experience. It is very cool to read this and discover exactly what I have always been meant to do within the pages.. I liked to hear the stories of the people, it makes me appreciate them and the magic even more!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimmie1

    I loved every page of this book, as a Disney fanatic it was incredibly cool to get another inside look at who and how they make the Disney brand run every day! And to make it even better, we were in the parks on its release day, so I couldn’t wait to get it home and dig in!!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    The book is well made and a wonderful coffee table book. I do wish it focused on all Disney park related employees and less about ESPN and ABC staff. I was hoping to learn more about the parks and people who make them the happiest place on earth!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla T.

    Interesting look into what different Disney employees do and their backstories.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Holly (Texan Girl Reviews)

    This was a really interesting book about what goes on behind the scenes at a place that everyone loves or wants to go visit! With jaw-dropping photos of scenes that we all know and love from Disney to what it takes to run a company of that size, this book is truly amazing. My only issue with this book is the simple fact that it was focusing more on the shows than the actual park itself. Don't get me wrong, the pictures were breath-taking but I would have loved to see more of the park itself than This was a really interesting book about what goes on behind the scenes at a place that everyone loves or wants to go visit! With jaw-dropping photos of scenes that we all know and love from Disney to what it takes to run a company of that size, this book is truly amazing. My only issue with this book is the simple fact that it was focusing more on the shows than the actual park itself. Don't get me wrong, the pictures were breath-taking but I would have loved to see more of the park itself than people just sitting around a board room table or a table reading for a hit TV show. Nonetheless, this book is perfect for anyone who loves Disney and who loves looking at pictures that make you feel like you are right there at Disney! Thank You to Bruce Steele & Bob Iger for this book that is perfect for anyone who wants a little bit of Disney in their homes! I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Callie

    “I believe that where words end, art begins.” - Jose Zelaya What a beautiful book! If you love Disney, have ever dreamed of working for Disney, or are just curious about the people who make the magic, this is the book for you. Definitely glad I added this one to my collection.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Loved it! Perfect book for Disney junkies like me ! Great behind the scenes book! Can’t wait to watch series& enjoy this book more in the future! It Made a great Christmas present!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    Was hoping for a much more in-depth view. Very cool concept, but each profile was quite superficial.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jule Gamache

  21. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Walker

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leanne Haynes

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate Kellen

  24. 4 out of 5

    MayorEmma

  25. 4 out of 5

    michelle wolf

  26. 4 out of 5

    David

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angie Murdock

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rummel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

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