They are new as of this week. AK was the first to get them because of the Everest opening, MK got it today.
Are they, as my art and design teacher would encourage me to say, aesthetically pleasing?
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Re: Little Park Maps
I like my maps as they are now because they are constantly touching up the details on the parks...and they are also a good size. Smaller isn't better.
Disneyland's maps are actually the last ones we'd want copied. For a while they were very un-detailed. Tokyo's have been wierd at times too. I say if they are going small, hopefully it is like Paris' maps...they are small but still detailed and useable.
And now, a journey through the 1993 DL Park Guide with MickeyMania.
This isn't my favorite guide, I liked the 1990 one much better, but that's buried in my bag full of 35th goods so I didn't feel like digging it out, while this book is kept handy in my bag of DL stuff from the 1970s.
Here's the cover, it's not very attractive but Toontown just opened. I guess it gets the job done. The 90 cover was a picture of the large baloon floats from the Party Gras parade and simply said "Your 1990 Souvenir Guide Book."
There's quite a few pages and the whole thing is folded, stapled, and nicely presented, fit for a free souvenir (just as it suggests.)
Inside is your fold out park map and a page on healthy eating.
Main Street takes the opposite side of the fold out since it has so many things to detail in it. Notice how everything, from the street cars to even two shops so small their names are "Souvenir Stand," have their own description. All the restaurants have big descriptions, too. Each land has it's own map.
A closer look (sorry, this camera seems to hate small text.)
ToonTown's page, since that land was DL's big draw that year.
That's right, two pages full of DL trivia like how there used to be mermaids in the Sub lagoon and the age of the railroad trains. There's a few more pages of Disney ads following that, such as how The Rocketeer was coming to The Disney Channel and how Pollyana was on VHS, but I didn't bother to include those for obvious reasons.
And do you notice that picture above is of pages 30 and 31? I told you they were thorough.
It's maybe a tad thick, and I wouldn't carry four of them (one for each WDW Park) in my pockets, but I enjoyed them very much and they made good reading in the hotel room if the park was closed and you were bored.
When we came back two years later, they were replaced by "Disneyland TODAY" fold outs. Yawn.
So, why did they get rid of the free souvenir guides? Probably the words "free souvenir" has a lot to do with it. Sigh.
I'd love a booklet like that. I keep the guides every time I visit and pull them out as sort of a memory from that trip. However there's not much to look at in them. I'd love a 30 page souvenier booklet.
i love my old thin maps! my favorite disney park souvenir is always the map i had that day. cause by the end of the day, every corner is crumbling and it has a thousand bends in it from being folded and shoved into my pocket right before a ride, and its always covered in notes and ink and x's for which rides we went on. and they're always fading from getting wet on water rides.
I will be interested to see the new maps, when I visit Disney World in July. I know that a lot of park maps are given out at the park each day, and perhaps they are trying to conserve a little paper, by making the maps smaller. You see a lot of maps just tossed around in the course of a Disney vacation. They are plentiful. They do not limit you. Again, maybe it is a cost cutting measure. I like the handout Resort Packets, that are given to each room-full of guests, checking into a Disney World Resort. They usually have park maps, general information on the entire Disney World Resort, and are resort specific, for example, info on Port Orleans, if you are checking into that resort.
A smaller map, might be easier to photocopy, or scan, into my computer for my scrapbook. Looking forward to checking out the change.
Wow.. this makes me really sad... I'm glad I'm such a map junkie... I brought so many back home with me.. I still even have like 15 of the Very Merry ones from this year haha... and I'm sure I have a '93 DLR one in my house some where too.
But they seriously needed to keep the big maps.. we need those restaurant descriptions badly!!! Without those, people won't be able to find the kind of meal or snack they want as easily. You'd be surprised how many times I made use of that portion of the map when working... heck, even when I wasn't working.. guests still asked me... in different parks... not even MK! I felt like I had a CM sign around my neck or something... grr... they just really need the descriptions, not just for the restaurants, but for everything...
And funny thing.. me being a map junkie... my mom was cleaning out our little vacation cupboard where we keep all our AAA things and such, and of course, the plethra of maps I bring home... and when we were cleaning it out, my mom told me to throw all the park maps out.. of course... the way I am.. I squirreled them all away! *insert evil laughter here*
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