The Big Book of Disney Word Search Puzzles

by Bob Sangwell | Release Date: November 3, 2018 | Availability: Print

Can You Find the Magic?

It's right there in front of you! Well, sort of. Disney historian Bob Sangwell's clever word search puzzles conceal key names, places, and things from over sixty of Disney's animated and live-action films. Each puzzle comes with a short historical introduction and features a hidden message.

Beginning at the beginning, with Walt Disney's Laugh-O-grams, and ending with the recent animated film Coco, you'll find a word search search for each of your favorite Disney classic movies.

Just like Walt Disney told his Imagineers to "plus" whatever they were working on, and make it even more magical, Bob plusses each humble word search with a hidden message, formed from the letters in the puzzle that are not used.

The message relates to the topic of the puzzle and forms the basis for the short historical article that accompanies it.

You'll not only find the'll learn about it, too!

Table of Contents


How to Solve a Word Search Puzzle


Alice Comedies


Mickey Mouse in Black and White

Snow White0




The Reluctant Dragon


Saludos Amigos

Victory Through Air Power

The Three Caballeros

Make Mine Music

Song of the South

Fun and Fancy Free

Melody Time

So Dear to My Heart

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad


Treasure Island

Alice in Wonderland

Peter Pan

The Living Desert

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Davy Crockett

Lady and the Tramp

Sleeping Beauty

The Shaggy Dog

101 Dalmatians

The Sword in the Stone

Mary Poppins

The Jungle Book

The Happiest Millionaire

The Aristocats

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Robin Hood

The Rescuers

Pete’s Dragon

The Fox and the Hound

The Great Mouse Detective

Who Framed Roger Rabbit

The Little Mermaid

Beauty and the Beast


The Lion King


Toy Story

The Hunchback of Notre Dame




Fantasia 2000

Lilo & Stitch

Finding Nemo

Brother Bear

Home on the Range

The Princess and the Frog


Tinker Bell (Pixie Hollow Films)





I first became hooked on Disney when I was very young, visiting my grandparents who lived in what to me was the “Big City” while Mum was ill. They always encouraged me to look at the local paper and choose a film I’d like to watch at one of the many cinemas.. Disney seemed to feature very regularly, and as a result I started collecting British Disney comics with my pocket money.

At the age of 15, devastation! I received the ultimatum that my comic collection was too big and had to go. I cut out any film information and articles on Disneyland, etc., and began a scrapbook, which grew into my collection.

At college I needed to choose a subject for my history thesis and managed somehow to convince the history department that my title Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Story of a Revolution would be worth writing. It certainly was for me: when other students emerged sweating and drained from interviews with a renowned English historian, my own interview consisted of his memories of going to see the film on its first release in England. I was asked no questions about the subject, and passed with flying colors!

As a primary school teacher I loved mathematics and puzzles and so combined my interests when part of a British Disney enthusiasts club, creating the competition pages, and this book has really stemmed (25 years later) from that experience. Puzzles have always gone well during my talks on Disney history.

The films and themes chosen are primarily for my own enjoyment, but I have tried to find some things that help tell at least a little of the history of Disney as you work through the book. My apologies if I have left out your own particular favorite.

My thanks go to my fellow Bob at Theme Park Press for believing in the book idea, to fellow Disney enthusiast and historian Brian Sibley for spending some not inconsiderable time letting me know when my trivia may be urban myth rather than fact, and especially to my wonderful, long-suffering wife Pat, who indulged my spending hours in my office creating this, rather than spending it with her.

Bob Sangwell

Bob Sangwell is a retired schoolteacher and Disney historian of many years. He began collecting and researching Disney from the age of 15, when everyone else was more interested in researching pop music and the opposite sex. (Heigh-ho!) At college, his history thesis on the making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs gave him the opportunity to discover that others had also found Disney history fascinating, and so his interest continued with renewed vigour and less embarrassment.

When a European Disney enthusiasts club started up in the early 1990s, he became a member and was soon contributing by writing articles and creating the competition pages for the quarterly magazine, devising puzzles and quizzes for the members. He now has an extensive collection of Disney-related textbooks and memorabilia, and entertains local groups with his talks on aspects of Disney history. When not involved in these pursuits he runs a local barbershop chorus so he has a real affinity with the vultures in The Jungle Book.

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