Here's a quick story from Ron's "Dreamfinder" days that I think, anyway will serve as a great example of what you can expect to find in this book:. One day I'm wrapping up my last set as the walk-around version of The Dreamfinder who used to be found greeting Guests at EPCOT Center's Journey into Imagination pavilion and heading back to my dressing room to pack up the dragon and go home.
I'm moving quickly through the crowd and find myself face-to-face with an adorable five-year-old boy. He's by himself, gazing up at Ron and the Figment dragon puppet which Mr. Schneider used to work with while he was playing The Dreamfinder with a look of total wonder. Assessing the situation I determine I'm safe stopping for a minute to chat so I kneel down and introduce him to Figment.
I ask the little boy if he's having fun, how he liked my ride , where's he from -- but can get nothing out of him except an astounded look.
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Finally I stand and tell him, "Well I gotta go now That's when he finds his tongue. If moments like that are enough to make you happy, you're going to love working in the parks. I've been anxiously awaiting the release of this book. If I knew you had it while you were visiting, I would have "borrowed" it. I bought this last Friday, and finished by Sunday, paying no attention to the other reading material that came my way in the interim newspapers, magazines, the dozen or so other books I haven't finished. If you are a Disney fan - and you wouldn't be reading this site if you weren't - you will greatly enjoy this book, which provides a much deeper view of the author's career in the theme park business than I anticipated and, more importantly, his insights about how to do it well.
Your four dollars via kindle will be well spent.
Based on your reccomendation, I got this book for my Kindle and I loved it. The room I was reading it in seemed to melt away and I was standing in the park with Ron as my personal guide. I see that the authr has commented here.
From Dreamer to Dreamfinder
Please let him know how much I enjoyed it. Featured Content Editor In Chief. A look inside Rancho Obi-Wan. What George Lucas originally wanted "Star Tours 2. Teeny trains at Epcot. Big changes coming to "Rock 'n' Roller Coaster" in Paris. Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Jim Hill. All rights reserved And thanks to Ron and all of the terrific tales that he had to share about his days in themed entertainment, being crammed in the middle seat didn't seem quite so bad anymore. All rights reserved Or -- for that matter -- disregard the turbulence we hit coming out of Chicago by burrowing down into the part of this page-paperback which discussed how Mr.
All rights reserved Mind you, I'm not just saying "From Dreamer to Dreamfinder" is a great read because -- in this book's acknowledgments -- Ron is kind enough to say that The first bow must go to Jim Hill of JimHillMedia. All rights reserved I mean, where else on the planet are you going to find a book that tells you what it was like to race through the corridors of Walt Disney Imagineering which Ron did while he was shooting a never-released Mike Jittlov film.
All rights reserved One day I'm wrapping up my last set as the walk-around version of The Dreamfinder who used to be found greeting Guests at EPCOT Center's Journey into Imagination pavilion and heading back to my dressing room to pack up the dragon and go home. All rights reserved If moments like that are enough to make you happy, you're going to love working in the parks.
Your comment has been posted. Return to Book Page. Ron Schneider takes you on a journey through 40 years of personal triumph and corporate challenges. It's an intimate look into the creative worlds of Disney, Universal, and Six Flags Magic Mountain; a no-holds-barred memoir filled with wild characters and wilder concepts, complete with a step-by-step guide to how the magic is made! Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about From Dreamer to Dreamfinder , please sign up.
Be the first to ask a question about From Dreamer to Dreamfinder. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 02, MissM rated it liked it Shelves: read Figment and Dreamfinder hold special places in my heart and I was curious to learn more about the characters, the creation and the back story as it were. The book does get into a bit of that, but it's not just about that. It's about Schneider's history in theater, amusement parks, etc. He's been all over the place apparently.
I never gave much thought to the scope of the actor for whom the singular character was my only prior point of reference.
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And while all of that was interesting from an autobiographical sense, really, I thought the meat and bones of the book was going to be more JUST about Dreamfinder. And it wasn't. The other issue is that Schneider comes across in the beginning as a wide-eyed kid full of wonder and spunk, but by the end, you feel he's got a bit of a self-inflated ego. Everything HE thinks is - or often rather would be - flawless and perfect, if it weren't for those meddling managers! Said in the Scooby Do villain voice. I've know this kind of person before. Having been VP of Drama Club, worked in theater, doing voice overs, plays, etc.
They get so deep into it that they become annoying to be around because everything they do is GOLD and they always have something critical to say about others - but never themselves. Their passion is impressive but it overrides their balance and their ability to interact on a social level or business level in more moderate ways. For those who have worked directly in creative environments and have encountered these types, you'll recognize immediately as the book goes on how Schneider is so thoroughly That Type.
For those who haven't worked with creative types, well, I still think you'll see what I mean as the book progresses. All that said, the book was still interesting. And there's no doubt Schneider has a lot of experience and passion for the craft of entertainment and characters. But, if you're in it for the Disney-only side of things, Dreamfinder is only a small part of the book, so I'd caution you against buying it merely for some deep, insider knowledge of that character alone. This would be an informative book for someone wanting to pursue a career in live entertainment with a theme park focus specifically because of the depth of tips and knowledge included but I'd caution against taking it all too literal.
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You'll see Schneider goes through many many! One needs to tread lightly in his lessons to take the truly valuable tips while leaving the slightly smug sense of superiority behind. Jan 09, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: disney , memoir. While most books on theme park development focus on design and engineering, Schneider gives us a glimpse into an often neglected aspect, live entertainers. Schneider himself has led a unique and industrious career portraying a variety of characters in themed entertainment around the world.
Although perhaps his greatest and most beloved character was the Dreamfinder in Epcot's original Journey Into Imagination. Dreamfinder was so beloved he even managed to find his way into an episode of South Pa While most books on theme park development focus on design and engineering, Schneider gives us a glimpse into an often neglected aspect, live entertainers.
Dreamfinder was so beloved he even managed to find his way into an episode of South Park decades later. Schneider clearly is a master of his craft, his appendices alone are worth the price of admission. In there he makes a number of extremely keen observations on the art of themed entertainment. However, his scholarship becomes his Achilles heel in this memoir, because all too often we're left reading page after page about why his management in one job after the next was incompetent, and if only they'd listened to him, things would have been better.
I don't doubt he may have suffered through some difficult bosses, but managing creative people is challenging, and the trend that emerges in this book is that Schneider may have been particularly difficult himself. Being a stage actor no doubt requires a great deal of self-confidence and bravado, so a certain amount of self aggrandizement might be expected. But the tone of latter portion of the book starts to sound almost bitter, which is a shame because it detracts from all the wisdom Schneider obviously has to share.
All the same, certainly worth a read for Disney fans because it focuses on aspects of the parks rarely discussed in other books. Feb 10, Shari rated it liked it.
The Disney parts were great and enjoyable, and as a Disney and Figment fan, it's a must-read. It's neat to see how people that worked for Disney got their start, and I loved reading about the beginnings of Magic Mountain, too. However, much of the book from the middle to the end just tasted like a cup of burnt coffee. Always upset about "the management", and having been let go from this position or that position.
The author comes off as rather bitter about so many of the fantastic jobs he had. Without the bitter flavor, this would've been a more enjoyable read. But by the final third of the book, I was nearly in "skim mode" going, "Uh huh, uh huh" just to move it along to completion. Also, there were numerous spelling errors in the book which always irk me a little. Some days I'd love to be an editor instead of a software developer. Feb 16, Vanessa rated it liked it. There was some interesting stuff, but I was longing for more relatable tales about the inner workings of Disney.
Author comes across as a pain in the ass and I am guessing, behind the scenes, he was difficult to work with. Maybe I'm just stereotyping because I've met this "type" before. He's a talented guy, but I think his social ineptitude hindered his ability to work well with others. It's just my opinion; what do I know? If you want to read a memoir by a man who fits this description, the Meh. If you want to read a memoir by a man who fits this description, then you should enjoy this book. That being said, I suppose it naturally takes a certain amount of narcissism to write a memoir.
Mar 02, Natalie rated it liked it.
This book was The Disney and Universal chapters were the most interesting to me but I appreciate all that Ron has contributed to Orlando entertainment. Not only did Ron work in Disneyland and Epcot, he also developed the celebrity walk around character program at Universal Orlando and worked on Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor!
I have had the audiobook for a while and decided to finally listen. I was very happy to hear Schneider and his Dreamfinder. The audiobook, however, left me extremely conf This book was The audiobook, however, left me extremely confused at times. There were times where the sound would drop and you could tell that something happened during recording maybe he shifted away from the microphone?
There were also multiple times where, mid-chapter, a sentence or phrase would be repeated for no reason. He is a monster creep. The rest of it, sadly, is pretty boring. Mar 09, Amy rated it it was amazing. Most importantly, I became quite fond of the main character, Ron himself!! Lots of fun! A really great behind the scenes look at entertainment at all theme parks.