There have plenty of great books written about the history of Disneyland and the artists that made it happen. However, many of those talented figures haven’t received the acclaim they deserve. A perfect example is Claude Coats, who originally worked as an animator on films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio. Walt recognized his talents and moved him to work on his new theme park. Coats’ achievements are recognized in Dave Bossert’s upcoming new book Claude Coats: Walt Disney’s Imagineer – the Making of Disneyland: from Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond.

Bossert is [Dan's] guest on this episode of The Tomorrow Society Podcast to talk about his new book. He connected with Claude’s son Alan by chance and collaborated with him on the biography. Alan had a treasure trove of photos and artwork that were essential to spotlighting his dad’s work. Bossert also worked with experts like Tony Baxter, Tom K. Morris, Peggie Fariss, and others to review the book and ensure it was accurate. The result is a detailed and attractive book that stands up with some of the best Disney titles.