“I am Walt Disney” – New Book and Giveaway

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If you’ve got young readers, you’ve probably heard of the Ordinary People Change the World books by Brad Meltzer and Chris Eliopoulos. The newest book in the series is I am Walt Disney, and it’s out now in hardcover and Kindle formats. It makes a great birthday or holiday gift.

The story traces Walt’s life from Marceline, Missouri, through the creation of Mickey Mouse, to the opening of Disneyland and Cal Arts. It highlights how Walt’s hard work, imagination, and kindness, helped create the movies and theme parks we all love. It’s a great message for young children, because it shows those how those traits can make the world a better place.

One of my favorite things about the book is that every image of Walt includes his mustache, even as a child:

Disney theme park fans will see shout-outs to famous Imagineers including Rolly Crump and Mary Blair:

I’ve known Chris for a long time. Not only is he a talented illustrator, he’s a huge Disney theme parks fan, and a great guy. Plus, his work ethic is incredible. Besides the Ordinary People series, Chris is working with Brad on a new television series for PBS Kids, titled Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, starting on November 12.

 

To celebrate the release of this book, we’re giving away a copy of this book to FOUR lucky winners. To enter, simply comment here on the blog, reply to our post on Twitter, like and tag a friend in our post on Instagram, or comment on our Facebook post. One winner will be selected on each platform by a random draw from entries submitted by Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be contacted by email or social media direct message and need to provide a US mailing address. Contest open to US residents only ages 13 and up. One winner per household. Void where prohibited by law.

Good luck!

Len Testa

Len Testa is the co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and has contributed to the Disneyland and Las Vegas Unofficial Guides. Most of his time is spent trying to keep up with the team. Len's email address is len@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @lentesta.

72 thoughts on ““I am Walt Disney” – New Book and Giveaway

  • September 17, 2019 at 2:39 pm
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    We’d love to win a copy of the book for our home library!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    My two year old would love this book

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  • September 17, 2019 at 2:48 pm
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    What’s your happy place? Mine was always this small resort in Florida called Walt Disney World.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    I’m sure my son would love to have a copy!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Looks like a cool book!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 2:57 pm
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    We LOVE these books!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:07 pm
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    I have no doubt our first grader (and his third grade sister) will enjoy it!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Would love to have for our Mickey Mouse-loving toddler!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm
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    My family wants to enter!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:32 pm
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    We love these books. Super excited for this one.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    My daughter would love to read this!! Who am I kidding?? So would I!! 🙂

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  • September 17, 2019 at 3:56 pm
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    Would love to win! We really enjoy these books.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    The sledding panels remind me of Calvin and Hobbes!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    Looks like a fun book!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    This looks awesome! My kiddos would love it.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    I would love to read this book with my kids!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    My son would love this!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:44 pm
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    We love these books and we love Disney!!! So many fantastic memories there both with and without our kiddos.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    This book looks great! We have and love the Walt Disney book in the “who was” series. This one looks great for my younger readers.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    I have this on my baby registry and would absolutely adore it for our new little Mouseketeer!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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    Love this series! A favorite in my classroom and my own home library for my kids!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm
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    Awesome! Looks like a great book to share with the kiddos.

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:47 pm
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    Fun! Thanks for letting us know about these books, would be fun to win!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    Looks like a wonderful book! I would love to read this to my grandchildren!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:16 pm
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    I would love a copy of this book for my twins!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    I would love this for our home library!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 6:29 pm
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    I love that Walt is drawn with a mustache as a kid! Would love a copy!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:20 pm
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    Love all of Chris and Brad’s books, but this one the most! Especially the pages where I see my friends! ❤️

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:28 pm
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    My boy would be thrilled with this book! P.S. – I love the illustrations, myself

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  • September 17, 2019 at 7:42 pm
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    We would love to win this! Love Brad’s books!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    Great book, and a great idea to raffle them off! Thank you for thinking of your readers!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:35 pm
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    Both of my children would love to read this book. So would I!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 8:41 pm
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    I’d love a copy!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 9:59 pm
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    We would love to win!!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    I love Brad Meltzer! Would love to read this!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:41 pm
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    Looks like an amazing book to add to the incredible series. Thanks!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    My son would love this book. We love you, touring plans!

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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    Looking forward to reading this book. ❤️

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    Would love to read this with my granddaughter Touringplans.com is the best!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 2:23 am
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    This looks like a fun way for my son to learn about Walt!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 5:20 am
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    I would love to win a copy!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    Thank you for the chance…looks amazing!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Our family is going to Disney in November and would love this book!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 7:34 am
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    Thanks, Len. My kids would love this!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:34 am
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    Thanks for the giveaway! Good luck everybody.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    The I Am series is incredible. We would love to win a copy of this book too.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:03 am
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    The story of Walt Disney is such a timeless classic!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:09 am
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    What a great way to teach my daughters about Walt and all that he did!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 11:28 am
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    My Nephews would absolutely love this book!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:14 pm
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    This looks like a neat book!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 12:40 pm
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    My son loves the “I Am” books and he loves Disney, so this would be a perfect match. He already has it on his wish list.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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    I would love to win! Looks like a cute book.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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    I love the illustrations and would love to own a copy of this book!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm
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    My son would love this!! (and me too)

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  • September 18, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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    My teacher friend would love this book for her classroom.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:48 pm
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    I need this book for my collection!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:55 pm
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    I would love to add this book to our library!

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  • September 19, 2019 at 12:01 am
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    I just got an invitation to a baby shower where they asked for books instead of cards. Yes this is perfect, I will addict another family with Disney

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  • September 19, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    What an adorable book! Would love to win a copy. Thanks for your generosity!

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  • September 19, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    This looks awesome! I would love to share this with our kids before our November trip.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 1:09 pm
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    We love this series and would love to win.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 9:29 pm
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    Would love to win this book for my niece and nephew!

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  • September 19, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    We just bought 4 books from this series. We would love to another, especially about Disney, to our collection. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  • September 20, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    My husband and I have been reading all of these books as they come out, courtesy of our local public library. When they miss ordering one, I put in a request for it. So far, they have all been approved, as *everyone* seems to enjoy these books, from toddlers to seniors!

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    • September 21, 2019 at 6:43 am
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      So cute, I want one!

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  • September 21, 2019 at 12:24 pm
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    Our family would love this book!

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  • September 24, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    Congratulations to random number generator winner Theresa Zoe!

    Stay tuned to TouringPlans blog and social media channels for more upcoming contests!!

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