Hopefully you haven’t got book fatigue from all my recent announcements. As you recall, a few months ago I released Walt Disney World Hidden History (an update to 101 Things You Never Knew About Walt Disney World), and more recently, I announced the 2010 Walt Disney World Earbook, a compilation for the historical record of all the additions, removals, and changes to the parks in the calendar year, complete with full-color photos.
There’s another project I was working on in 2010: a compilation of essays called Four Decades of Magic: Celebrating the First Forty Years of Disney World. Colleague Chad Emerson, who wrote the recent Project Future, a history of WDW, has pulled together an awful lot of Disney fan authors to contribute a chapter or two for a book commemorating the Magic Kingdom’s anniversary. Full disclosure: I contributed two chapters myself (on the ride remnants and the tributes to company insiders), though I don’t get any royalties for sales of the book.
It’s a hefty tome, at 375 pages, but the investment of time is well worth it. A lot of the authors are fellow bloggers and Disney authors—you’ll recognize many of them. And the topics speak for themselves:
- The Sunset Boulevard that never was, is, and never will be
- When is the 3 o’clock parade? Then, now, and forever
- Tomorrow’s windows: looking back at Horizons
- A Brief history of the future: from EPCOT to Epcot Center
- The Walt Disney World monorail system
- Spaceship Earth
- Much ado about Hoop-Dee-Doo
- The 65th Year for Mickey, the very first visit for kids
- Walt Disney’s EPCOT and the hart of our cities
- Joe & Carl: two men who built the world
- Disney brings sports to the world
- Whatever happened to Beastly Kingdom?
- Magic of the night: the evolution of Disney World’s nighttime fireworks displays
- For your pleasure: the mythology and reality of Pleasure Island
- The relative truth about If You Had Wings
- Thunder Mesa and the Western River Expedition: A neverending story
- History of the Hoop Dee Doo musical revue
- History of the Main Street Electrical Parade
- History of the Contemporary & Polynesian resort hotels
- Walt Disney World resorts that never were
- Goodnight, George: A ghost story
- Another magic corner of the world
- EPCOT 1939
- The Carousel of Progress: what would Walt think?
- An island filled with tropic beauty, colorful birds, and the mystery of Ben Gunn’s buried treasure
- Honoring the cast: insider tributes & homages
- Theme park archeology
There aren’t too many pictures – it’s not that kind of book – but you can appreciate it with very little further commentary from me about the contents. Looking at this list of chapters, would you know in advance what each section holds? I didn’t. It’s no exaggeration to say that I learned things myself in reading this book. Quite a few things, in fact, and I think you will, too.
An unrelated photo update: the Toontown buildings are gone, and now the sign is also
being dismantled. All the characters, save Minnie, have already been removed.
An unrelated photo: these new 3D lenticular placemats are only $2.95! A screaming bargain
by Disney standards, and a quality souvenir – maybe even a wall decoration in our house.
40x40 Fan Meet
The fan celebration rolls on; this next Saturday will be the Liberty Square Riverboat. We’ve started to treat the Saturday meet like performance art—last week we ate chili dogs before we went to Stitch’s Great Escape. This next week we’ll find a way to re-enact Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee. Bring beads or purple flags, maybe? Or just show up as yourself. It’s all in good fun. If you can make it, see you Saturday at 2pm at the Enchanted Grove.
Chili dogs all around!
Expedition Everest, Part II
A few weeks ago, I ran the first part of a photo essay of Expedition Everest, the points to which was to reaffirm that Everest still has a lot of strong points, despite the still-broken yeti. That caveat remains true, incidentally, even after the recent annual passholder party. You could almost use the same sentence structure in talking of the two things, in fact: “It is a great ride [free party], but too bad they don’t have a functioning yeti [exclusive merch for sale]”.
Here’s the remainder of the Everest photos. Enjoy!
The peaks of this shrine line up with the mountain peaks.
Exciting kinetics from the ground.
I like the quiet ride through greenery at the base.
Up the lift we go, through a shrine.
Originally, there was fog here at the top of the mountain.
The sometimes-broken eagle at the ‘dead end’.
Inside the cave.
It’s a long way down, and there’s only one way out!
After the drop, you swoop back up into the mountain.
We burst back into sunlight and race around in circles before meeting the yeti.