Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jim Korkis - The Vault of Walt

The Vault of Walt, Front Cover. Images used with permission.

Jim Korkis is an internationally respected Disney historian who for over three decades has written hundreds of articles about all things Disney. Jim is one of the go-to guys when it comes to little known facts from Disney history. He has freely shared Snow White information with me when I wasn't able to find the answers anywhere else.

Jim's latest work, The Vault of Walt, is a compilation of self contained stories on different facets of Walt Disney's life, the making of the animated and live-action films, the development of theme park attractions, and much more. One chapter in particular is devoted to the Snow White Carthay Circle premiere with descriptions and anecdotes from the people who witnessed this gala event.

At 478 pages, the book is an enjoyable must read for the Disney historical enthusiast. The forward was written by Walt's daughter Diane Disney Miller.

Rear Cover

The Vault of Walt is downloadable via Kindle and just became available in paperback form from Amazon.

Product Details:
    * Paperback: 478 pages
    * Publisher: Ayefour Publishing
    * Language: English
    * ISBN-10: 0615402429
    * ISBN-13: 978-0615402420



Part One:  The Walt Stories

The Miniature Worlds of Walt (Walt’s fascination with making miniatures)
Santa Walt (Walt’s feelings about Christmas and a special family gift)
Horsing Around:  Walt and Polo
Walt’s School Daze (Walt’s public school education)
Gospel According to Walt (Walt’s feelings about religion)
Walt and DeMolay
Extra!  Extra!  Read All About It!  (Walt’s adventures as a newspaper boy)
Walt’s Return to Marceline 1956
Walt’s 30th Wedding Anniversary (The very first Disneyland party)

Part Two:  The Disney Film Stories

Disney’s Ham Actors: The Three Little Pigs (Including the Rarely Seen Spanish cartoon)
Snow White Christmas Premiere (Description of the event at the Carthay Circle in 1937)
Destino (The true story behind Salvador Dali’s collaboration with Walt Disney)
Song of the South Premiere (Description of the event in Atlanta in 1946)
The Alice in Wonderland That Never Was (The Aldous Huxley script never filmed)
Secret Origin of The Aristocats
So Dear To My Heart  (The neglected film that inspired many Disney firsts)
Toby Tyler  (How Walt recreated the circus of his youth with authentic props)
Lt. Robin Crusoe U.S.N. (Only film with a story credit for Walt Disney)
Blackbeard’s Ghost (Last live action film made while Walt was alive)

Part Three:  The Disney Park Stories

Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel (The complete history of a genuine antique)
Circarama 1955 (The very first 360 degree theater show at Disneyland)
Story of Storybook Land
Liberty Street 1959 (Walt’s planned addition to Disneyland that never was)
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk Through
Zorro at Disneyland (How Guy Williams and friends entertained in Frontierland)
Tom Sawyer Island
Epcot Fountain (The true meaning behind the popular landmark)
Captain EO (The only complete story in print about Michael Jackson’s 3-D film)
Mickey Mouse Revue (How and why the beloved attraction was created)

Part Four:  The Other Worlds of Disney Stories

Khrushchev and Disneyland (Russian leader denied entrance to Disneyland)
A/K/A The Gray Seal (Walt’s favorite pulp mystery hero)
Mickey Mouse Theater of the Air (The unknown radio show from the Thirties)
Golden Oak Ranch (Location where Disney classic live action films were made)
Disney Goes To Macy’s
Tinker Bell Tales  (The first Disneyland Tinker Bells and much more)
Mickey Mouse Club:  FBI’s Most Wanted (Why Walt got in trouble with J. Edgar Hoover)
Chuck Jones: Four Months at Disney (Pepe Le Pew’s father’s troubles at Disney)
Walt’s Women:  Two Forgotten Influences (Walt’s Housekeeper and Studio nurse)

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