Book Review: Disney Celebrates 100 Collector’s Magazine

Publisher: Centennial Media

Year: 2023

Pages: 100

Type: Softcover


First Look at the Anniversary Festivities

With the Disney 100 Celebration in full swing it was only a matter of time before we got the obligatory Collector’s Issue magazine. And here it is!

This 100-page glossy magazine gives us the usual details about Walt Disney, his animated classics, the Theme Parks, and the future of the Disney company, that we would expect. As I suspected when I begrudgingly plunked down my $16.99 CAN, there isn’t much new to learn from this edition.

That being said, it isn’t a total loss. For most Disney fans, you will find a few new pictures you haven’t seen before. Maybe a factoid or two may surprise you. A quick look at the contents page below will help you to see what is offered:

I’m not going to include too many images from the magazine. I’ll leave you to discover the bulk of the content if you decide to buy it for yourself. And I don’t want to send the Centennial Media group into a copyright snit!

But I will say that, for me, the standout section (and largest) was the Animation Domination pages. Beginning with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and numbering, in order, every animated Classic up to and including Strange World (No. 61 if you’re counting), you get the release dates, Box Office receipts, and a Legacy bio for each film:

Notable live-action films are also mentioned and Pixar gets its own section.

I feel that most people buy these magazines for the cool pictures and this edition won’t disappoint. I especially liked comparing the two images below:

Obviously, you will find many images of Walt to tug at your heart strings:

The cost of these magazines has always been a tad high for my taste. But as a Disney Completist, I end up buying most of them!

For those of us who won’t be able to attend the Disney 100 Celebration at a Disney Theme Park, this magazine might just have to be enough to give us our anniversary fix! But if you want a copy, it will only be displayed for purchase until May 1st of 2023, and then it’ll be gone.

If these types of magazine are your jam, check out my 2016 issue of LIFE special about Walt Disney, my 1971 issue of LIFE covering the Opening of Walt Disney World, or my 1978 issue of LIFE featuring Mickey Mouse.

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