There is a new book available on ShopDisney.com, and I am obsessed with it. It’s called One Day at Disney. I don’t usually make a point of bringing many of the Disney books to your attention; while they are all beautiful, there aren’t many that come across with entirely new content. However, this one is different. It’s a look inside the Disney gates at the cast members that make the magic happen. One Day a Disney is the visual companion to the Disney+ series that took a deep dive into the life of cast members over a 52 short-form episode series.
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 capers, 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.shopdisney.com
Now, the book isn’t new in the immediate sense of the word; it came from the 2019 documentary series, though this is the first time I have seen it pop up on ShopDisney and once I had looked into it further and ordered my copy, I knew I needed to share it. I really enjoy getting that inside look at how all the Disney pieces I love come together, and that begins with the talented and creative faces behind each job. If you are into this as much as I am, have a look at the title on Amazon, which is currently on sale for $19.99 from $50.00.
Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.
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