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The Disneyland Book of Lists

A  new  way  to  celebrate  six  decades  of  Disneyland  history








A portrait inside The Haunted Mansion, illustrating the list called  "Ironyland"


The new crown on Space Mountain, which is discussed in the list called "7 Ways Disneyland Is Better Than Ever"


The lovely Court des Anges in New Orleans Square, from the list called "7 Ways Disneyland Is Worse Than Ever"


The Disneyland flag, from the list called
"It's the Little Things: 16 Small Sights That Generate Happy Sighs" 


The Jungle Cruise's Lost Safari, one of  "A Dozen Great Updates to Existing Attractions"


Disneyland's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one of "Eleven Tributes to Disneyland"


A List About This New List Book

  1. Disneyland history is a well-plowed field sprouting scores of new travel guides, trivia books, "hidden secrets" books, picture books, self-published novels, and e-books every year. However, to our knowledge not one of the hundreds of books already in existence is a list book like The Disneyland Book of Lists. So it's listorical. And it's brand new (available in Barnes & Noble stores, at Amazon, and other outlets).
  2. The 247 lists are grouped into 12 main headings about the park:
    Walt Disney Lists
    History Lists
    Geography Lists
    Attractions Lists
    Design Lists
    Shops and Restaurants Lists
    Attendance, Tickets, Operations Lists
    The Guest List
    Media Lists
    Imagineers, Cast Members, Performers Lists
    Live Shows, Exhibits, Special Events Lists

    Mouscellaneous Lists


  3. There are two main types of lists:

    Lists of interesting facts
    (“Thirteen Movies Based on Disneyland Attractions,” to pick one list at random)

    Lists of informed opinions
    (“Ranking Disneyland’s Thrill Rides”)

    The lists focus on Disneyland: there are no lists devoted to Disney California Adventure, Downtown Disneyland, the Disney-owned hotels, or Disney parks outside of Anaheim. Also note that our Disneyland lists celebrate the park’s long history, its innovative design, and its singular experiences, but they don’t give travel tips; there are no lists telling you how to get from the airport to Disneyland or naming the best nearby motels, because it’s just not that kind of book. It's all Disneyland all the time.

  4. Short intros preface the lists to give them some context. You're not reading remedial lists of simple facts and statistics--you're reading paragraphs and sentences and themed lists with details. The strangest list? Some tough competition, but the winner might be “Fifty Projects, Organizations, and Locations That Were Compared to Disneyland,” a list of non-Disney things (gun ranges? dog apps? the Wall Street lifestyle?) that were named the Disneylands of their fields. Shows how important Disneyland is to modern culture--anytime someone wants to be identified as fun, family-friendly, clean, and creative, they compare themselves (or their product) to Disneyland.

  5. Other lists books always give lists, but they don’t always give explanations. For example, Marsh and Stein’s The Book of Rock Lists puts Linda Ronstadt on the list of “Ten Most Forgettable Performers” and ranks the Drifters’ “Save the Last Dance for Me” higher than the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,“ but no explanations make those choices easier to accept. Consequently, the Disneyland Book of Lists makes sure the why is as clear as the what. Consequently, for as many lists as possible, there are rationalizing sentences, not just crisp rankings of proper nouns, and ideally the novice will be as enlightened as the expert will be convinced.

  6. The Disneyland Book of Lists complements The Disneyland Encyclopedia, which was also written by Chris Strodder, and which was also published by Santa Monica Press (in its third decade as a successful and well-respected publishing company). What is sketched briefly in this list book is given detailed description and history in the encyclopedia, which has been completely refreshed with new information and 350 new photos in 2017.

  7. The Oxford English Dictionary defines archaic forms of “list”; the first time the word is used to mean “cataloguing” is in the 1500s (other usages include a variation of “listen”; a variation of “lust”; a strip of cloth; a boundary or site of a contest; and “listy,” which in the OED means “pleasant,” “delightful”). Hopefully you’ll find this list book listy.
  8. Listless”—you sure can’t say that about ever-changing, ever-abundant Disneyland. Read on, and be listful.
    PLEASE NOTE: The Disneyland Book of Lists is in no way affiliated with or supported by The Walt Disney Company. All text and images (except when noted) were created by the author.


An original Mouseketeer, "Lonnie Burr’s Mouseke-memories of Opening Day," which he wrote exclusively for our book.

The Haunted Mansion's cool hidden pet cemetery, one of "Two-Dozen Locations of Cemeteries, Skulls and Skeletons"

 A legendary entertainer, "Donny Osmond Remembers His Disneyland Childhood," a  fascinating list he wrote exclusively for our book.

The House of the Future, a nostalgic Tomorrowland favorite and one of "A Dozen of the Most-Missed Attractions and Exhibits"

From Frozen in Fantasyland, one of "A Dozen Awesome Audio-Animatronics Characters"

A scary scene from the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage, one of "13 Heart-Thumping Moments in Disneyland's Attractions"

The Hub's elegant Plaza Inn at night, one of "Disneyland's Bars, Inns, Taverns, and Saloons"