Walt Disney World, The First Decade (1982, 128 p.)
Looking for a fairly inexpensive and photo-filled look at the first 10 years of Walt Disney World?
This book is for you!
A cross between an annual guide, PR piece and corporate history, this is a fascinating look at the first ten years (well, it does cover the construction–closer to the first 15 years) of the Walt Disney World project. As per most titles on the subject, there is general coverage of the Company, Disneyland and the early progress on Walt Disney World. After the introduction, the book takes off on a leisurely, but extensive, look at everything during the first ten years.
The book focuses heavily on the Magic Kingdom and looks at each land in detail–with descriptions and lots of pictures. In-ride photos, photo-ops with celebrities from the 1970’s and views of the park make up a majority of the pictures. Trust me, you will open this book many times just to take a virtual trip back to a Magic Kingdom that is no more.
Remember the Greenhouse on Center Street?
The very last section is a short look at Epcot. Can you spot the missing Pavilion in the picture?
Bottom Line: This is a wonderful read and a must for every Disney Geek. If you were able to visit Walt Disney World before 1985, many of the descriptions and pictures will be a walk down memory lane. If you weren’t lucky enough (or born yet) to visit Walt Disney World in the 1970’s, then this book will provide many of the details of lost attractions, shops and aspects of WDW that are long gone or have changed. It is a look back at a simpler, more relaxed Walt Disney World. From the standpoint of historical documentation (even though it is corporate), this book is a must for any serious scholar of Walt Disney World.
|Images from the Lilly Belle at the Village Marketplace. Lillian Disney christens the “steamship”. The Riverboat Rascals perform on the Empress Lilly. (Photo added to the review in August 2011.)|
|The signage for the Great Southern Craft Company at the Village. Latch Hooking and Russian Embroidery are the specialties. (Photo added to the review in August 2011.)|
|Roy O. Disney greets “citizens” in Liberty Square. (Photo added to the review in August 2011.).|
October 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. The Vacation Kingdom has seen a lot of changes over the past four decades and the editorial staff at Imaginerding wants to celebrate the unique and rich history of the resort with a series of posts.
A very special thanks to Celeste Cronrath for designing the series of logos for our posts. Make sure to follow her on Twitter.
- Vintage Walt Disney World Shopping Bag (imaginerding.com)
- Book Review: Walt Disney World Hidden History, Remnants of Former Attractions and Other Tributes by Kevin Yee (imaginerding.com)
- Bibliography of Walt Disney World Books (imaginerding.com)
- Decorate Your Kitchen With Mickey Mouse: Celebrating 40 Years of Walt Disney World History (imaginerding.com)
- Your Guide to Walt Disney World 1978: Celebrating 40 Years of Walt Disney World History (imaginerding.com)