I’ve been looking forward to the book “Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter” for quite some time, and it has been available on Amazon for pre-order since earlier this year. It is still on track for an October 20th, 2020 release!
I love the holidays at the Disney parks and probably have over 100,000 of my own photos. But I look forward to this 384-page coffee table book that will offer almost 1,900 photographs (two-thirds of them taken for this book), and which will encompass twelve theme parks and dozens of resort hotels, the cruise ships, dining and shopping districts (like Disney Springs and Downtown Disney) and more. One of the authors is Rebecca Cline, Director of the Walt Disney Archives and you can read an interview with her here about the book. The other authors are Charlie Price and Graham Allen.
Updated September 7th, 2020: The current issue of the Disney twenty-three publication features an article by Becky Cline that talks more about the book. She says that there will be more photos than words, though there is new historical information on how the holidays were celebrated early in Disneyland’s history. They went through old slides to find images not seen before, or not in a long time. I am looking forward to these historic photos along with the newer ones!
Official description from Disney:
This deluxe jacketed hardcover is visual storytelling at its best. Almost 1,900 photographs (two-thirds of them taken just for this book) showcase Disney’s key locations filled with special holiday menu offerings, the biggest parade and stage productions and nighttime spectacles, the tiniest decorating details from amazing artists and designers, and, of course, the most significant historical holiday events.
A harmonic trio of researchers, writers, and photographers logged more than 180,000 miles visiting every Disney park and resort across the globe, personally documenting the holiday installations through eighty thousand photographs and, wherever possible, meeting the talented and endlessly passionate artisans behind it all.
With twelve theme parks and dozens of resort hotels, plus numerous cruise ships, dining and shopping districts, and more than six decades of holiday experiences, there are a lot of pumpkin treatments and ornate trees to reflect upon. (The smallest holiday tree at a Disney property is just four inches high, while the very tallest reaches up to seventy feet.) Every parade or show requires dozens (sometimes hundreds) of creative magicians both onstage and off. And each decoration is chosen carefully to fit within a story and is expertly placed on its tree or garland by craftspeople backstage. The decor is installed onstage, maintained, and, ultimately, disassembled by technicians before it is once again cleaned, prepared, and stored in vast warehouses . . . till next year’s event. The stories and contributions from so many unsung Cast Members (often hard at work at hours of the night when others are asleep) fill these pages, along with the joys of Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations. Time to join the party!
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