Don't know if this has been discussed before, but...
I finally got it, probably the 50th Anniversary book I was looking forward to the most. And I have to say for the historical references and old photos and great "Oh COOL!" moments, Bruce Gordon and Tim O'Day didn't dissapoint.
Any reference to a current ride, well that is another matter.
The historical side uses old photos, many in color, many never seen before, to tell you the story of what is now...what was before...and what was before that. There are some amazing parts. The part on Holiday Hill and the Matterhorn reads as one of my favorite parts. It covers the resort from the ususal "Burbank Studio Mickey Mouse Park" to DCA.
I especially enjoyed views of things such as Holiday Hill and Bear Country construction.
Here is my grip though, for all the old rides, attractions that are not there and such they managed to find incredible photos to use. They show the park as a real place. But for anything like Buzz, Winnie the Pooh, anything in DCA, anything recent that they had press photos for they just used those photos. They were able to use realistic, amazing photos for all these things that are no longer there, but for things they can actually just go to the park and take a photo of they used PR shots of situations that never happen with people with dumber than thou smiles on thier faces. Any new attraction just reads with the usual "PLEASE COME SEE ME" language of Harris-era tourist packets. Which really drags this book down. This isn't a book like Around the World With Disney which is for tourists, this is a Disneyland fanatic book...it should read like one.
I give it a B+. Of the 50th Anniversary releases, I wanted it the most, but the press release-like language for some of the rides (and for DCA ) hurt it a bit. The Art of Disneyland delivered with more class.