Book Review: "Eat Like Walt" is a Fantastic Culinary History Tour of Disneyland & Walt Disney - With Great Photos & Added Recipes
I received the book Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food by Marcy Carriker Smothers to review. First, the book is worth buying just for the photos! There are fantastic photos, concept art, ads, etc. between the pages. The book is a little bigger than I expected from pictures, and taking off the dust cover reveals an even more interesting cover (IMHO). Eat Like Walt: The Wonderful World of Disney Food starts with a dedication to Walt from the author, followed by a forward by John Lasseter. He recounts how food tasted better as he grew up visiting Disneyland, his favorite memories were of the Blue Bayou (mine was at Walt Disney World, the Tangaroa Terrace multiple times each trip).
I received the book 5-Minute Winnie the Pooh Stories (5-Minute Stories) to review. I am a fan of the 5-Minute Story books for kids, they are padded and on the large side with 12 stories each and always include nice artwork. In this case, some of the stories are adapted from other books (those stories/books are listed next to the contents), though none of the stories seem to be recent. I have not read any of them before.
We received Disney's Countdown to Christmas: A Story a Day to review. This is a children's book with 25 individual stories over about 60 pages that is almost a story advent calendar of sorts with 25 to read - one each day from December 1st through Christmas. Each story is a couple of pages and while it isn't called "5 Minute Stories" like some other Disney titles, these should take about 5 minutes each to read. Even though the stories only cover a couple of pages each, the type size is on the small side for a kids book so the stories are a little longer than they may look on first glance.
I posted a review of Birnbaum's 2018 Disneyland Resort: The Official Guide yesterday and today I am reviewing Birnbaum's 2018 Walt Disney World: The Official Guide version. Birnbaum's has been publishing Walt Disney World guides now for nearly 40 years. As I mentioned in my Disneyland guide review, the Birnbaum's guides aren't the most comprehensive books but they do give a lot of tips and information in the pages. All written guidebooks become dated from the moment they are published as the Disney parks and resorts can change quickly (though I am very impressed with this WDW guide for having so much be very current as of now). I personally like the Birnbaum's books for the souvenir aspect of them and the coupons I use. I am in the Disney parks probably 150-ish days a year, so the guidebook aspect of any book isn't going to be as necessary for me as it is for some. So lets get onto the rest of the review.
I received Birnbaum's 2018 Disneyland Resort: The Official Guide to review, as well as the Birnbaum's Walt Disney World guide and I will link that one up as soon as I post it.
Birnbaum's is the official guide of Disney and has been around for almost 40 years. It is hard to believe it has been that long, and I don't think the books have changed that much through the years. The guides aren't comprehensive, but have a lot of good information and tips and the Disneyland version can be carried in an average sized purse. It is about 140 pages and paperback, bigger than the average paperback book but not huge.
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