George Taylor and Jeff Heimbuch rediscover a map that some of you will remember fondly. A Disney World to daydream about.
George: When the Contemporary Resort and the Polynesian Village Resort were opened, part of the decor was a massive wall-map of the Vacation Kingdom of the World. Most of us are familiar with the map as it was used in the various versions of the (1971-1975) Story of Walt Disney World Commemorative Edition (the giant, sort of D-shaped book). The map was 5′ X 4′ (60″ X 48″) and was printed on Masonite. They were framed and adhered to the wall. The story goes that crowbars were used to remove the maps from the wall, which is explains why they are so rare today.
Jeff: I actually used that same crowbar to steal one of those maps from the Disney Archives once. It truly IS a small world after all! Regardless, these maps are one of the most sought after items of early Walt Disney World history today. Anytime you see one on eBay, they are usually very pricey, and you need a second mortgage to purchase one. Thankfully, that is no longer the case!
George: I’ve always been obsessed with maps from Walt Disney World. Besides my first Walt Disney World book I bought in 1994, I’ve always held onto the maps from visits. As Jeff mentioned, the map that we’re looking at today is highly prized by collectors and enthusiasts. We were approached by Chad Lincicome from wdwmaps.com about a reproduction of the map that he is selling. We were both intrigued and eagerly agreed to order copies and try them out.
Jeff: When the map arrived after a short wait, I think I was kind of blown away by its size. Granted, I knew the maps were big, but actually having it in front of you is something else. Getting it out of its large packing tube, I could barely unroll all of it in my bedroom to check it out. I had to go downstairs to fully appreciate the entire thing.
George: Chad offers two different sizes, but I’d be hard pressed to recommend anything but the big one. The detail and size of the reproduction print are amazing. As much as I love staring at the map in various books, seeing an enormous version of it hanging on my wall is amazing. When I rolled it out for my wife to see, she remarked at how amazing it is. She immediately picked out a spot in our family room to hang it.
Jeff: This truly is a great find for WDW fans; whether they remember this map from their youth, or if this is their first time seeing it. It’s a great “vintage” thing to have hanging around the house (no pun intended), and will look great on any wall in the house.
You can order your very own Communicore Weekly approved reproduction map by visiting WDWMap.com. And be sure to tell them that Jeff and George sent ya!
Fabulous, isn’t it? What treasures of Disney World yore do you fantasize about?
By Jeff Heimbuch and George Taylor
The Disney Review is written and edited by Jeff Heimbuch and George Taylor
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