Bamboo Forest to Publish Disney Legend Rolly Crump’s Autobiography

Bamboo Forest Publishing Announces Acquisition of Disney Legend Rolly Crump’s Autobiography

Orlando, FL – 6/21/2012 – Bamboo Forest Publishing, the company that brought you the infamous travel guide The Dark Side of Disney and the critically acclaimed novel Our Kingdom of Dust, is proud to announce that it will be releasing Disney Legend Rolly Crump’s autobiography (as told to Jeff Heimbuch), It’s Kind of a Cute Story.  The book is currently slated for an early-December release and will be available in paperback, hardback, and ebook formats from all major retailers.

The Imagineers, those men and women who helped Walt Disney bring his creations to life, have achieved legendary status among theme park enthusiasts. One of the most beloved Imagineers is Rolly Crump, whose work can be seen not only in Disney Parks, but also in other theme parks, casinos, and cultural centers worldwide. Rolly was instrumental in designing some of Disney’s most famous attractions, including the ’64  New York World’s Fair pavilions, it’s a small world, The Enchanted Tiki Room , and many more. “It’s Kind of a Cute Story is full of stories about Rolly’s long and varied career, with most of them being laugh out loud entertaining,” says Jeff Heimbuch, who helped Rolly get his memoirs down on paper. “They all weave into a riveting narrative of his life and accomplishments.”

“Rolly has the rare talent of being able to talk about himself with wit, flair, and humility,” says Bamboo Forest Publishing’s founder, Leonard Kinsey. “His stories about Walt Disney humanize the iconic genius, wiping away the veneer of sainthood, and showing Walt as a man with a great sense of humor, a bit of a foul mouth, and little tolerance for yes-men. These stories are told with such warmth that you immediately understand why Rolly was so beloved by Walt and the other Imagineers. This is one of those rare books where you’re almost in tears when you reach the last page because it feels like you’re saying goodbye to an old friend. It’s a huge honor to have Rolly and Jeff choose Bamboo Forest as the publisher of such an entertaining and historically important book.”

“I’m more than thrilled to be working with Leonard at Bamboo Forest Publishing,” says Rolly. “My life has been a true fairy tale and I know the folks at Bamboo will treat this tale with love. I’m looking forward to sharing more than six decades of stories with Disney Fans, as well with as anyone who has ever followed a dream.”

It’s Kind of a Cute Story by Rolly Crump and Jeff Heimbuch will be released by Bamboo Forest Publishing in early-December. Check for updates, and for information on their other releases.

Interview about Bamboo Forest and an OKoD review

Bob McLain, author of Snow White and the Seven Dead Dwarves, and proprietor of Theme Park Press, recently interviewed Leonard Kinsey about Bamboo Forest Publishing. If you’ve ever been curious about the business side of the dark side, check out this interview. Kinsey talks about the publishing process, why he decided to start Bamboo Forest, where the name of the company came from, and what he’s doing with all of the profits from The Dark Side of Disney. Read the interview at Bob’s site,!

Also out today is a new review of Our Kingdom of Dust on! George and Jeff tag-team this one, with George saying, “Kinsey’s novel is a gripping page-turner,” while Jeff says, “Leonard manages to weave a compelling story that keeps you on the edge of your seat….” Read the rest at!

OKoD audiobook now available, plus another review

“Our Kingdom of Dust” is now available as an audiobook, read by yours truly, Leonard Kinsey! It’s up on,, and is also on iTunes. Retail is $14.95, but it seems to be listing on Amazon at around $13. Not a bad price for 4+ hours of entertainment!

Also, another rave review was just posted at WeWantsTheRedhead: “I’m not one to read a book and write a review about it but I’m here to tell you that you MUST READ THIS BOOK!!! It is beyond amazing!!” Read the rest at!

Three Rave Reviews for OKoD!

Three Disney Fan Community heavyweights have weighed in on the newest book from Bamboo Forest Publishing, “Our Kingdom of Dust”, and so far the consensus is unani-mouse: They love it!

The first is from notorious rabble-rouser Jim Hill, who calls it, “A soap opera-like page turner”! Read the rest of the review at

The second review comes from Kevin Yee at Miceage, who says, “The opening pages will grab you by the jugular and thrash you around until there is no escape; it’s a hard book to put down.” Check out the whole review at!

Next is a podcast/video review from Jeff and George of Communicore Weekly. They loved it, too!

Finally, a lot of people have been asking when “Our Kingdom of Dust”  will be available on iTunes, and happily it looks like it’ll be up there in a week (by 6/4)! But for now, don’t forget that you can buy a signed hardback or paperback here at the Bamboo Forest Store, or in ebook format on Amazon and Smashwords!

Our Kingdom of Dust is out!

Our Kingdom of Dust is officially released! I can’t even begin to describe how happy I am with the way the book turned out. My hope is that it will entertain you just as much as The Dark Side of Disney, but will also resonate on a whole different level. At the very least, you’ll have some kick-ass cover art to stare at, featuring the one and only Draven Star!

If you want it immediately, obviously the e-book is the way to go. It’s up for Kindle at Amazon and for other devices at Smashwords. It should be hitting iTunes and B&N in a week or so.

The paperback and hardback are both available from the new Bamboo Forest Publishing store. They won’t ship until later this week or early next week, but now is the time to place your order, because once these copies are gone, they’ll only be available from Amazon and other major retailers (this goes for DSoD, too)! I have about 60 copies of each (hardback and paperback of OKoD, and paperback of DSoD), so if you want a signed copy, place your orders now before they sell out!!!

Finally, we had 18×24 posters printed up of the “Dust Sniffing Princess” image, and they look absolutely gorgeous. The colors are vibrant, the image is ultra-sharp, and it looks incredible in a frame. This is an eye-catching piece of art that would be a great conversation piece in any Disney fan’s home. Again, this is a limited edition print, so once they’re gone, they’re gone for good!

All prices include shipping anywhere in the Continental USA. If you’re outside the US, contact us for an invoice which will include updated shipping charges. And, as usual, all copies ordered via this site will be signed, so if you want the inscription made out to someone else, please let me know in the “notes” section of the PayPal store.

Thanks in advance for your continued support of Bamboo Forest Publishing. It’s you, the reader, who is allowing me to continue releasing “alternative” Disney books, and for that I am deeply appreciative.

Leonard Kinsey

Bamboo Forest Publishing Announcement!

Bamboo Forest Publishing Announces Acquisition of Ron “Dreamfinder” Schneider’s Autobiography

Orlando, FL – 4/30/2011 – Bamboo Forest Publishing, the company that brought you the infamous travel guide The Dark Side of Disney, is proud to announce that it will be releasing Ron Schneider’s autobiography, From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: A Life and Lessons Learned in 40 Years Behind a Name Tag.  The book is currently slated for an early-July release and will be available in paperback and ebook formats from all major retailers.

Ron Schneider is probably best known for bringing to life the beloved character “Dreamfinder” in Disney’s EPCOT Center theme park. But what many people don’t know is that Schneider has been in the entertainment industry for decades, writing and performing shows not only for Disney, but also for Universal, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and countless other themed entertainment locations. These years of experience have provided him with a deep knowledge of what “works” in live entertainment, and in From Dreamer to Dreamfinder Schneider shares this knowledge via riveting no-holds-barred stories and thoughtful essays. “From Dreamer to Dreamfinder is more than a memoir of my 40 years writing and performing in theme parks and restaurants across America,” says Schneider. “It’s a textbook full of object lessons and insight into what makes for great interactive entertainment.”

“Disney fans will love this book, no doubt, but it also has a wider appeal,” says Bamboo Forest Publishing’s founder, Leonard Kinsey. “Ron is an amazing storyteller, and his front-line accounts of the battles between corporate mentality and artistic sensibilities are fascinating, like watching a train wreck played backwards in slow motion. Throw in some behind-the-scenes shenanigans and plenty of bawdy stories, and you have the exact sort of anti-“Pixie Dust” book that Bamboo Forest specializes in. And, as with all our releases, I’m committed to getting Ron’s life story out to the public in a manner that rivals, if not surpasses, the big publishing houses. Luckily, I have some extremely talented people working on this book, and so far they’re really knocking it out of the park. It’s definitely a release to be excited about!”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Leonard Kinsey to bring From Dreamer to Dreamfinder to the fans and the creative community,” says Schneider. “Bamboo Forest Publishing’s record of success in producing and promoting great books makes them the ideal partner, and with Leonard’s help I think we’ve got an exciting, enlightening and entertaining tale to tell.”

From Dreamer to Dreamfinder by Ron Schneider will be released by Bamboo Forest Publishing in early-July. Check www.bambooforestpublishing for updates, and for information on their other releases.

Right-click here for a downloadable/printable copy of this press release.

First Promo Photo from “Our Kingdom of Dust”

Here’s the first promo photo from “Our Kingdom of Dust”, the new novel by Leonard Kinsey.

Model: Draven Star
Photographer: Alan Partlow
Graphic Design: Pentakis Dodecahedron

Man-child Blaine McKinnon is brilliant, wealthy, and completely alone. After an emotional breakdown, Blaine starts a new life at the only place he was ever truly happy: Walt Disney World. But he soon finds that just below the surface of his childhood paradise lies a kingdom corrupted by drugs, violence, and deceit.

Coming May, 2012