Publisher: Disney’s Kingdom Editions
“You, the cast, are responsible for making Walt’s dream come true.” – Roy O. Disney
Souvenir Guides have always been available at Disney Theme Parks around the world. But at special times, such as a 25th Anniversary, a hardcover book may be released as well. They go a little further into the history and attractions of the Park in question as well as giving the reader many more gorgeous photographs to view!
Right after the contents pages we find four pages dedicated to Disney history. Displayed is a timeline stretching from 1910 (Birth of Walt Disney) through to 1995 (Opening of Alien Encounter).
The book is filled with perfect snapshots of Disney rides, attractions, parades, and events. Many of them are now extinct. This makes a book like this invaluable to a Disney Historian, professional or amateur!
I was surprised to see the next two images. They prove that everything old can be new again:
Yes, the EPCOT Fountain is back in front of Spaceship Earth once again for the 2021 season, and hopefully, beyond!
Innoventions & Dreamfinder with Figment
With the demolition of the Innoventions building we see an end, not only of certain attractions, but of an entire era of theming! Gone are the displays featuring the technology of tomorrow.
Did you know that EPCOT used to have not one, but two double-decker buses carrying passengers around the World Showcase Lagoon?
And not in the too distant past we bid a tearful goodbye to the Earffel Tower in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I really wish they would rebuild this somewhere else on Walt Disney World property!
As is common with souvenir books this one contains many 2-page spreads of themed areas around the Resort. Above you can see pages representing Discovery Island (gone), River Country (gone), The Village Marketplace (now Disney Springs), and the Disney Institute (yup, gone).
Disney can’t resist putting in a plug for its other properties, so the pages above feature the Disneyland Resort (opened in July of 1955) and Tokyo Disneyland Park (opened in April of 1983) and the Disneyland Paris Resort (opened in April of 1992).
And with 218 pages this overview only scratches the surface of this book! Although this book is image heavy, it does contain some text to explain what you are seeing. But it is mainly a picture book, proving that Disney knows that a picture… is worth a thousand ticket sales!
I recommend this book to any true Disney fan. Unfortunately, if you want one, you’ll have to visit flea markets or yard sales, because this was only released in the WDW Parks for the 1996 operating season.