Walt’s Apprentice

Author: Dick Nunis

Publisher: Disney Editions

Release Date: October 11, 2022

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Equal parts memoir, history, and business leadership!  A terrific read!

Dick Nunis has led a very interesting life.  He was a high-level football player in high school with some great coaching mentors and was able to obtain a scholarship to play at USC in college with dreams of making a professional career out of the sport.  But an unexpected injury sidelined his dreams and coming out of college took a job working as a supervisor trainer for the release of a new amusement park called Disneyland.  This first job would change his life and eventually become his career.  As one of the original workers for Disneyland, he had the opportunity to work alongside Walt Disney the man for a decade.  Dick rose through the ranks of leadership and eventually become the chief of Disney World Resort parks.  His experience included opening Disneyland, the 1964 Worlds Fair, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, MGM Studios, EuroDisney, and Disney Tokyo.  In his memoir, Dick shares his memories and life lessons for others to enjoy.

I’m typically a little skeptical about picking up a memoir of someone that I haven’t really heard much about, but sometimes those are the best stories out there.  That proved true in Walt’s Apprentice.  I love how this book was equal parts memoir, Disney history, and business leadership!  The chapters are short and read fast but contain lots of information held within.  My favorite part concerned the history of the Disney Parks and how they were developed and the process that took place.  There was so much that I didn’t know about and loved getting to discover it.  It was like the magic behind the magic.  Plus understanding the challenges and obstacles that they had to overcome to make it what it is today was very inspiring. 

If you’re a fan of Disney or just like discovering new things, give this book a try!  Or maybe give it as a gift!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

One thought on “Walt’s Apprentice

  1. I love learning about the history of the Disney parks because so much forethought and vision went into it, and I can’t imagine thinking that far ahead of what something could be. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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