Disney's Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz. By J. Jeff Kober.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz

This newest book by J. Jeff Kober celebrates Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the stories, tales, and lessons behind it!

I am so very excited to announce today my newest book, Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz, published by Theme Park Press. I’m thrilled that it’s available in time for this week’s 25th silver anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you love Disney, if you love all things Hollywood, and if you love Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, you are going to love this book.

Disney's Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz, by J. Jeff Kober
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz, by J. Jeff Kober

This is the most comprehensive story of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios ever told. Books have been written about Walt Disney World, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and even Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but other than the wonderful, but brief Imagineering Guide, there has never really been another book that talked about this park so fully. You’ll find any number of stories that document how Disney has approached this park, its daily operation, and its unique attractions. There’s probably the most comprehensive description of the Tower of Terror. You’ll hear rare stories about the making of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, the creation of the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, and about the rise and fall of Disney Feature Animation Florida. Did you know that one of the biggest deals in Hollywood was created at The Brown Derby restaurant here at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? You’ll read about that and more.

Who was Louis by Mayer of MGM's Metro Goldwyn Mayer? And how was his studios boss style different than Walt Disney's? Photo by J. Jeff Kober
Who was Louis B. Mayer of MGM’s Metro Goldwyn Mayer? And how was his studios boss style different than Walt Disney’s? Photo by J. Jeff Kober

But beyond that, you’ll find little-known stories about the Walt Disney, the company he founded, and of Hollywood itself. Who is Edith and Adrian? Who is Min and Bill? Where did the expression “Mickey Mouse Operation” come from? What was it like on the set of The Golden Girls? What created the theme park wars between Michael Eisner and Universal Studios? And what were some of the greatest and most tragic moments of Walt Disney’s life?

Few know the true tragic story represented by this fountain at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Few know the true tragic story represented by this fountain at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Most importantly Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz is more than some “tell-all” tabloid from Hedda Gabler or TMZ. Every story has a lesson–has some message for one’s business, leadership and life. Every story ends by asking you questions about how you would approach adversity, competition, or serving others.

Roger Rabbit bursts through the window of Eddie Valiant's office. Learn how "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"   ended up "Bumping the Lamp" for the Walt Disney Company. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.
Roger Rabbit bursts through the window of Eddie Valiant’s office. Learn how “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” ended up “Bumping the Lamp” for the Walt Disney Company, and how you can “Bump the Lamp” in your own organization. Photo by J. Jeff Kober.

Some people dismiss Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the lesser of all Walt Disney World parks. I would counter that no where in such an intimate space will you find more insight, more heritage, and more understanding of Walt Disney, of the studio he founded, and of Hollywood itself. Indeed, you could spend several days walking Hollywood itself, and not learn nearly as much as you would with this book and an afternoon at this incredible park.

Labeled as "Disney's Folly" Walt overcame opposition and premiered his first full-length feature, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Carthay Circle Theater. How do you face opposition? These are the lesson's in Disney's Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz. Photo by J. Jeff Kober
Labeled as “Disney’s Folly” Walt overcame opposition and premiered his first full-length feature, Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs at the Carthay Circle Theater. How do you face opposition? These are the lesson’s in Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz. Photo by J. Jeff Kober

Want to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Disney? Treat yourself to Disney’s Hollywood Studios: From Show Biz to Your Biz! Now available through Amazon.

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