Mineral King Preservation Society presents ‘Disneyland on the Mountain’

The book cover for “Disneyland on the Mountain: Walt, the Environmentalists and the Ski Resort That Never Was,” published in 2023 and written by authors Greg Glasgow and Kathryn Mayer.

Book signing event in Three Rivers showcases “Disneyland on the Mountain,” shedding light on Disney’s unrealized ski resort in Mineral King Valley

THREE RIVERS – Discover the tale of the Disneyland ski resort that never came to be, as dual authors Greg Glasgow and Kathryn Mayer delve into its history as well as its environmental repercussions at a presentation and book signing in Three Rivers.

The Mineral King Preservation Society is hosting the special event, which is featuring the authors of the recently published book, “Disneyland on the Mountain: Walt, the Environmentalists and the Ski Resort That Never Was.” The event is free and will take place on Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m. in the Mineral King Room at the Three Rivers Historical Museum.

“We are thrilled to host Greg Glasgow and Kathryn Mayer for this special event,” Lisa Monteiro, executive director of the Mineral King Preservation Society, said via press release. “Their book sheds light on a pivotal moment in the history of Mineral King and underscores the importance of conservation efforts in our region.”

The book, published in 2023, delves into the history of the unrealized Disneyland ski resort project in Mineral King. In February 1965, the U.S. Forest Service sought proposals for the resort in Mineral King Valley within the Sequoia National Forest. At the time, Walt Disney Productions even secured land with plans for an expansive “American Alpine Wonderland,” including hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

However, conservationists, led by the Sierra Club, opposed the project due to environmental concerns and potential disruption of the wilderness. Legal battles and public outcry occurred as a result, but the project ultimately ended when Congress stepped in to incorporate Mineral King into Sequoia National Park in 1978, safeguarding it as federally designated wilderness.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event for the authors to sign.

“We invite everyone to join us for what promises to be an engaging and informative afternoon,” Monteiro said.

During the presentation of the book, Glasgow and Mayer will provide more details about the history of the unrealized Disneyland ski resort as well as the environmental impacts surrounding it. Afterwards, participants will have time to meet and talk with the authors, who spent years looking into the history of the ski resort that never came to fruition.

According to Montiero, Glasgow is a longtime writer and journalist for numerous magazines and newspapers, including The Denver Post, 5280 and the Boulder Daily Camera, where he worked for ten years as arts and entertainment reporter and editor.

Glasgow lives in Parker, Colorado, with his wife and co-author, Kathryn Mayer. Mayer is a Denver-based writer and journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications including Health, Observer, Business Insider and PopSugar.

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