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BLOG TOUR --- One Day at Disney by Bruce Steele with Introduction by Bob Iger [Review + Giveaway]

Title: One Day at Disney
Authors(s): Bruce Steele, Bob Iger (Introduction)
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
Edition: Hardcover; 224 pgs
Publisher: Disney Editions
Source: Rockstar Book Tours
Buy: Amazon Barnes & Noble  - The Book Depository - Target - Disney Store
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Tour Schedule

Week One

For the Love of KidLit
Pooled Ink
HBB Reviews

Week Two

Eli to the nth
What A Nerd Girl Says
Not In Jersey

Week Three

Savings in Seconds
Life Within The Pages
YA Book Nerd

Week Four 

Novel Novice
She Dreams in Fiction
She Just Loves Books
Paper Reader

Week Five

Here's to Happy Endings
The Reading Corner for All
Wonder Struck
Simply Daniel Radcliffe

Week Six
Odd and Bookish
Southern Girl Bookaholic
Two Chicks on Books
Two points of interest

The Summary

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. 

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.

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.

My Review

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.  You can still pre-order the book from the links above, and check out the giveaway below for a chance to win a finished copy!

Book and Documentary Trailer

DISNEY TRIP SWEEPSTAKES (Not sponsored by Rockstar Book Tours) Ends December 2, 2019.
Enter to win magical prizes with Your One Day at Disney Sweepstakes. You could win fantastic Disney prizes, including a grand prize that will spirit you away on your own magical insider experience! 

Final Rating

About the Author

Bruce C. Steele is a journalist and Disney fan with a long career of profiling the famous and the unheralded, from the pastry chefs at the Biltmore Estate to the stars of Disney's Mary Poppins Returns.

A Pennsylvania native and University of Alabama graduate, he started his career at a daily newspaper in Louisiana and most recently worked at the paper in his current home of Asheville, North Carolina. 

In between, he was the executive editor of Out magazine and the editor in chief of The Advocate newsmagazine and also took time to get an MFA in film studies from Columbia University. He has lived in New York City and Los Angeles, where his husband was a Disney animator. 

He's now a freelance writer and regular contributor to Disney'twenty-three magazine. Apart from this book, some of his favorite past interviews have been Emma Watson, Sir Ian McKellen, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and crawfish farmers in the Louisiana bayou.

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Robert A. Iger Chairman and Chief Executive Officer The Walt Disney Company Robert A. Iger is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. As Chairman and CEO, Mr. Iger is the steward of one of the world’s largest media companies and some of the most respected and beloved brands around the globe. His strategic vision for The Walt Disney Company focuses on three fundamental pillars: generating the best creative content possible; fostering innovation and utilizing the latest technology; and expanding into new markets around the world.

Mr. Iger has built on Disney’s rich history of unforgettable storytelling with the acquisitions of Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), Lucasfilm (2012) and 21st Century Fox (2019), as well as the landmark 2016 opening of Disney’s first theme park and resort in Mainland China, Shanghai Disney Resort. Always one to embrace new technology, Mr. Iger has made Disney an industry leader through its creative content offerings across new and multiple platforms, most recently leveraging cutting-edge direct-to-consumer technology to successfully launch the Disney+ streaming service on November 12, 2019 and ESPN+ in 2018.

Disney’s exceptional entertainment experiences, widely diverse content, and unique skill in managing businesses in an integrated manner have led to strong results. During Mr. Iger’s tenure, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as one of the “Most Reputable Companies” in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2006-2019); one of the “Best Employers” in both America and the world by Forbes magazine (2019 and 2018, respectively); one of the “World's Most Admired Companies” by Fortune magazine (2009-2019); one of the “World's Most Respected Companies" by Barron’s (2009-2017); one of the “Best Places to Launch a Career” by BusinessWeek magazine (2006-2010); and as “Company of the Year” by Yahoo Finance (2013).

Prior to his current role, Mr. Iger served as President and Chief Executive Officer beginning October 2005 and President and Chief Operating Officer from 2000-2005. Mr. Iger officially joined the Disney senior management team in 1996 as Chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group and in 1999 was given the additional responsibility of President, Walt Disney International. In that role, Mr. Iger expanded and coordinated Disney’s presence outside of the United States, establishing the blueprint for the Company’s international growth today. As Chairman of the ABC Group, Mr. Iger oversaw the broadcast television network and station group, cable television properties, and radio and publishing businesses and also guided the complex merger between Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. and The Walt Disney Company. During Mr. Iger’s years with ABC, he obtained hands-on experience in every aspect of the television business—including news, sports, and entertainment—as well as in program acquisition, rights negotiations, and business affairs. He began his career at ABC in 1974.

Mr. Iger has been named one of the “World’s Most Powerful People” by Forbes magazine (2018); one of Fortune magazine's “25 Most Powerful People in Business” (2006, 2007); one of the “Top Gun CEOs” by Forbes magazine (2009); one of the “Best CEOs” by Institutional Investor magazine (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011); MarketWatch CEO of the Year (2006); and “CEO of the Year” by Chief Executive (2014). Mr. Iger serves on the boards of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum and Bloomberg Philanthropies. In 2012, Mr. Iger became a member of the Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, which recognizes some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, writers, artists, and civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders.

Mr. Iger is a graduate of Ithaca College.


3 winners will win a finished copy of ONE DAY AT DISNEY, US Only.

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