Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Book Review - Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks: Celebrations Around the World from Fall to Winter

About the Book
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!


My Take on the Book
If you love Disney then you know that at every holiday period Disney turns their parks into a truly magical place, even more so than it usually is. This book provides you an inside look into the holiday traditions at the parks and how they are able to turn the park into the places that they become. This is the perfect coffee table book with beautiful images that will capture your imagination and make you want to go and visit the parks during these times in the year or at least it made me want to visit! No matter what time of the year you read this book you will love reading and experiencing the magic that is Disney!

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