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Claude Coats Walt Disney’s Imagineer – The Making of Disneyland From Toad Hall to the Haunted Mansion and Beyond

Disney Legend Claude Coats (1913-1992) career with the Walt Disney Company spanned over 50 years, starting at the studio in 1935, becoming an Imagineer in 1955 and retiring from Imagineering in 1989. He was named a Disney Legend in 1991. His had an artist background and education earning a fine arts degree from the University of Southern California in 1934.

Release date: 2021-11-16

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is now available digital and on Disney+. November 30th the film will be released on various disc formats. This Marvel Studios film explores the origins story of Shang Chi. The film stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi and follows his journey as he confronts his past and the leader of the Ten Rings Organization, his father.

Release date: 2021-11-30

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Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes & Stories from The Most Magical Place on Earth

Delicious Disney: Walt Disney World: Recipes & Stories from The Most Magical Place on Earth by Pam Brandon & Marcy Carriker Smothers delivers a culinary look at 50 years of Walt Disney World.   The book’s 300 pages features over sixty recipes of guest favorites from around the parks, resorts and Disney Springs including appetizers, main courses, sides, dessert and cocktails.    In addition to these recipes there is a narrative sharing the history of many of the locations and the dishes themselves.

Release date: 2021-09-28

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Disney's Jungle Cruise

Disney’s Jungle Cruise is now available digitally and on Nov 16th will be on various disc formats.  Different retailers will also have different packaging and bonus features included.  Here is a release and images of some of the options the have.    The Jungle Cruise stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt and you take a journey down the Amazon River as they seek an ancient healing tree.  The film pays tribute to its namesake attraction with puns and other references.  For more on the film, here is Maggie’s Jungle Cruise review from its theatrical release.

Release date: 2021-11-16

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Walt’s Disneyland: A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney

Walt’s Disneyland: A Walk in the Park with Walt Disney by Marcy Carriker Smothers takes you on a tour of Disneyland during Walt’s time. The narrative shares stories and information as you move around the park from land to land. Marcy starts off with a very brief history of how the park came to be and then launches into a grand circle tour of the park during the 50s and 60s. Adding to the experience are a large number of photos and quotes from Walt as well as those that worked with him.

Release date: 2021-11-16

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Birnbaum’s 2022 Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide

Birnbaum’s 2022 Walt Disney World: The Official Vacation Guide is now available. I was sent a review copy of the guide as well as the For Kids edition. This annually updated resource dates back to 1981 and has the goal of providing a comprehensive reference to help you plan your vacation to Walt Disney World. Over the years the book has continued to expand along with WDW. This year’s paperback checks in at 350 pages divided into eleven chapters. These include general vacation planning information such as: Getting Ready to Go, Transportation & Accommodations. A chapter devoted to each of the four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom). Each park chapter includes sections on getting oriented, attractions, shopping, entertainment and tips. There are also chapters on Sports & Recreation, Dining, and everything else in the world. The final chapters feature the Disney Cruise Line and a look at the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Release date: 2021-09-21

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Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World 2022: The Official Guide for Kids

Birnbaum’s Walt Disney World 2022: The Official Guide for Kids is now available. This book shares an overview and some planning tips geared towards children ages 7 to 14. The book features descriptions of the theme parks, attractions, and other vacation options at WDW. It includes ratings, tips, and insight from kids for kids as well. The book is substantially less than the regular guide, half the number of pages, larger fonts, and a smaller size but it still packs in all the essential information.

Release date: 2021-09-21

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A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of The Most Magical Place on Earth

A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of The Most Magical Place on Earth is a coffee table book that celebrates the first 5 decades of the Walt Disney World Resort.  It takes a look at past, present and offers some glimpses of the future of the resort.   The book was released to coincide with the kick off of the 50th anniversary.  The trio of authors (Kevin Kern, Tim O'Day  & Steven Vagnini ), share the history of the parks, resorts, attractions and entertainment but in a nonlinear and somewhat nontraditional approach.  The chapters are organized around themes instead of the expected route of chronologically or by park.   Within in each chapter you will find an assortment of pictures, facts, figures, stories and other nuggets of information not only on current attractions but also some that have been gone for decades.   The authors add to their narration with an assortment of quotes from Imagineers, park leadership and some well known fans.   In addition to the traditional narrative are three guest pieces sharing some personal stories from Dick Nunis, Debby Dane Browne and Roy Patrick Disney.

Release date: 2021-09-28

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Disney World at 50: The Stories of How Waltss Kingdom Became Magical in Orlando

To commemorate Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary the Orlando Sentinel published this book containing reprints of a number of articles and images from its archives. The book includes over 100 historical photos and reprints of dozens of articles in its 176 pages organized into 13 chapters that chronicle the history of Walt Disney World. Spanning from the speculation of who was purchasing the land in the 1960s through the announcement of the 50th anniversary celebration this year this book delivers a look at the origins, creation and growth of Walt Disney World from the hometown newspaper’s coverage.

Release date: 2021-10-12

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Art of Coloring: Walt Disney World: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity from The Most Magical Place on Earth

For Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary a new adult coloring book is available as part of the Art of Coloring series. This book features 100 images that span the history of the resort. Inside you will find reprints of historical coloring books dating back to the resort opening in 1971. There are also fun maps, attraction posters, and assortment of other images taken from various sources including previous anniversary logos.

Release date: 2021-09-28

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Disney's Land: Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park That Changed the World

Disney’s Land – Walt Disney and the Invention of the Amusement Park that Changed the World by Richard Snow. Published in 2019 this book takes you on a journey through the creation of Disneyland. Much of what is discussed in the book I had read in other books over the years but the author combines the stories into a narrative history of the creation of the park.

Release date: 2019-12-03

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Black Widow

Highlights of this initial home video release includes nine deleted scenes, a couple of featurettes and a gag reel.

Release date: 2021-09-14

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Disney/Pixar Luca

In this film the Pixar team takes you to the Italian Riviera to share in a summer adventure of two boys/sea creatures Luca & Alberto. This initial home video release features several deleted scenes and some featurettes on the making of the film that were not included on the initial Disney+ release.

Release date: 2021-08-03

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Theme Park Design & the Art of Themed Entertainment

Theme Park Design & The Art of Themed Entertainment by David Younger takes a look at what goes into creating a theme park. The book defines and explores the key terms and concepts that are used to create the parks. These range from overall park design to land and attraction types. Broad concepts and small details are covered. The book explores the thought process to designing the parks, it is not a behind the scenes look at how your favorite attraction is made. It references specific attractions as examples of key concepts and there is a look behind the curtain at the business and design side but not revelations of how effects or attractions are made. Disney Parks around the world are used as the primary illustrations but other parks including Universal and Efteling.

Release date: 2016-03-28

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Raya and the Last Dragon

The film takes you to the world of Kumandra for an action/adventure film where Raya teams up with a cast of characters including Sisu, the last dragon, to save the land from the Druun (monsters that turn people to stone).

Release date: 2021-05-18

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The Art of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge

The Art of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge by Amy Ratcliffe gives you a look behind the curtain at the development process as Imagineers created the Star Wars worlds for Disneyland and Walt Disney World.   The book contains over 300 pieces of art on 256 pages from throughout the creative process to illustrate the evolution and detail of Black Spire Outpost.

Release date: 2021-04-27

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Soul

Disney – Pixar Soul arrives on home video in both disc and digital formats ranging from DVD to Digital 4K March 23. For a complete listing of the technical specifications, options and what is included on the home video offering here is the original press release. The film was original released on Disney+ Christmas 2020 bypassing theaters and Premier Access.

Release date: 2021-03-23

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It All Started with a Blog: Detangling the Wide Web of Disney Bloggers

It All Started With a Blog – Detangling the wide web of Disney Bloggers by Paul Lane explores the world of Disney Content Creators on the web. The book profiles fifteen content creators and interweaves the evolution of Disney content on the web with these profiles. The author includes a mix of content types including podcasts, traditional sites, blog sites, and news sites.

Release date: 2020-11-06

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Boundless Realm: Deep Explorations Inside Disney's Haunted Mansion

Boundless Realm: Deep Explorations Inside Disney’s Haunted Mansion by Foxx Nolte takes a detailed look at the Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion.   The author takes you on a tour of the Mansion and shares some of the references and possible inspirations for various elements.   Along the way you learn more about the history of the mansion and its creators.   He compares/contrasts the Walt Disney World version to the original at Disneyland and provides some thoughts on Disneyland Paris Phantom Manor too.

Release date: 2020-10-01

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3D Disneyland: Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

3D Disneyland: Like You’ve Never Seen it Before takes you on a grand circle tour of Disneyland.  The book features almost one hundred 3D images from the collection of Ted Kierscey covering the years 1955 through 1958  and the 1980s during the parks 25th anniversary.  They are supplemented with some contemporary photos by Patrick Swinnea to fill in some gaps.      David Bossert is the primary author and there is a forward by Tom K. Morris.

Release date: 2020-11-15

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Polishing the Dragons: Making EPCOT's Wonders of China

Polishing the Dragons: Making EPCOT's Wonders of China by Jeff Blyth is a first-hand account of the creation of the original film that premiered in China at World Showcase in Epcot at Walt Disney World.  The film ran from October 1, 1982 through March 25. 2003 when it was replaced with "Reflections of China".  "Wonders of China" also ran at Disneyland  from 1984 through 1996 .  The book is based on a personal journal that Jeff kept throughout the film making process spanning 1980 through the film's premiere in 1982.  He chronicles his survey excursions, filming trips and post production.  He also has a chapter on the updated "Reflections of China" film that replaced it which he also worked on.

Release date: 2020-09-15

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Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets - The Story of Iduna and Agnarr

Frozen 2: Dangerous Secrets: The Story of Iduna and Agnarr explores the story of how Anna & Elsa’s parents met and how their relationship evolved. The book covers the time period of just before the midst envelops the Enchanted Forest through the final moments before their ship wreck.

Release date: 2020-11-03

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Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks – Celebrations Around the World form Fall to Winter

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks – Celebrations Around the World form Fall to Winter takes you on a globetrotting and time traveling look at the Disney Parks.   There are almost 1,900 images filling the 384 pages of this hefty book.   These primarily chronicle the history of Halloween and Christmas at the 12 Disney Parks, numerous Resorts and four Cruise Ships around the globe.  Other holidays such as fall festivals, Lunar New Year and New Year are included too. In addition to the images Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price have a narrative that shares relevant dates, backstories, and history of the events, decorations and festivities.

Release date: 2020-10-20

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Unbirthday: A Twisted Tale

Liz Braswell's Twisted Tale series takes you to Wonderland in this novel. The question is posed, What if Wonderland was in peril and Alice was very, very late?

Alice is 18 years old now and a photography enthusiast. Her photos become signals that something is wrong in Wonderland. When she views several of them she sees her Wonderland friends and foes with signs of trouble. The Queen of Hearts is ruling Wonderland and racing toward the end of time. Alice returns to Wonderland to help her friends and lead the way to save Wonderland.

Release date: 2020-09-01

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The Disney Monorail: Imagineering a Highway in the Sky

The Disney Monorail – Imagineering a Highway in the Sky by Jeff Kurtti, Vanessa Hunt & Paul Wolski delivers a history lesson on monorails, incredible concept artwork and some great photos as it explores the evolution of monorails both in a historical and Disney context.    The Monorail has become a symbol of Disney Parks.  There are other monorails but when you say monorail to many people the Disney version jumps to mind.    This book explores the history of the transportation mode, Walt’s involvement and the growth of the system.

Release date: 2020-09-15

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