Currently, Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The celebration began on October 1, 2021 and will run for approximately 18 months so that as many guests as possible can experience the new magic in the making. This includes the updated 50th anniversary look of Cinderella’s Castle in Magic Kingdom, new nightly fireworks and much more.
And to go along with this most wonderful celebration, Disney has also released a new story book about the park titled A portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 years of the most magical place on the planet. We’ve received a review copy courtesy of Disney to check out this history lesson in a book – written by Disney creators Kevin M. Kern, Tim O’Day, and Steven Vagnini – and it’s absolutely a must-have for die-hard park fans.
If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent your time watching YouTube video essays on the history of the parks. You may have listened to special offers like The story of the imagination Where Behind the attraction to Disney +. And, of course, you’ve visited the parks or even stayed on the property to witness this story firsthand. Well, even if you think you’ve heard or seen everything about the legacy of Walt Disney World, A portrait of Walt Disney World offers so much more.
The first thing that will probably hold you back in this massive, massive book (and that is heavy) are all the beautiful photos that are included on the stylish pages. You’ll get everything from never-before-seen art concepts and costume and uniform designs, to great photos of the park, new and old, and even some historic photos of the Disney family themselves.
This book is the ultimate coffee table book for Disney fans. And there is so much a lot packed in that it will keep you hooked for quite a long time. Even for the most casual of fans, this is a beautiful page turner that sparks interest, and you might even find some of your friends and family converting to die-hard Disney fans as well.
But, between the photos, the pages are full of remarkable stories and stories. You’ll start with the birth of the Disney family before Walt, learning about their origins in Florida and how the circle was finally come full circle when the man himself chose the Orlando area to host his very elusive âFlorida Projectâ. It contains stories of these WED workers, imaginers, Disney legends and so many others who have seen the growth of this park with their own eyes.
For the most part, after the introduction of the creation of Disney World, the book then turns out of its linear path to talk about the whole resort under different themes – such as nostalgia, fantasy, and tomorrow. There, you see how huge the whole Walt Disney World Resort is: World Showcase; Disney sources; The world is small; Le Grand Floridien; the galactic cruiser; Muppet Vision 3D; Disney’s Boardwalk, etc., etc. That’s all Disney World, and there are plenty of stories to tell about the history behind each part.
Finally, the book ends with a look back at some of Disney World’s past celebrations (remember the 25th anniversary castle?). And, sadly, he only spends a few pages discussing the event he honors, the 50th anniversary celebration. Of course, given that the book was to be written and published in time for the 50th anniversary, we know there isn’t much they can include other than concept art. But maybe an expanded page on this is something to look forward to when the 60th plays.
Walt Disney World Cookbook
I would also like to give honorable mention to Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes & Stories from the Most Magical Place on Earth, written by Pam Brandon, Marcy Smothers and the Disney chefs. This was also sent to us for review, and it’s definitely the ultimate cookbook for any Disney foodie. And I’m not just talking about Disney Parks fans who say they are greedy, but Disney Parks fans who say they are greedy. because food, snacks and drinks available at the park.
In the pages of this book you get recipes for creating real food and drinks from all over the parks. Love stopping at Pineapple Lanai or Aloha Isle for Dole Whip? Now you will have the chance to do it in the comfort of your own home. Never had the chance to go to Cinderella’s royal table? Then get ready to turn your own kitchen into Cinderella’s Castle, as the book includes a few recipes from their menu. And for Star Wars fans, you’ll even learn how to make your own Ronto Roasters Ronto Wrap.
So if you’re an aspiring Disney chef or a chef at heart, you’ll want to have this cookbook in your inventory to spark some of that delicious Disney joy when you can’t make it to the parks.
A portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 years of the most magical place on the planet is now available wherever books are sold. Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes & Stories from the Most Magical Place on Earth will be released on April 5, 2022, but is available for pre-order now.