Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Book Review

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Book Review

Missing the holidays at the Disney Parks this year? Check out George’s review of Holiday Magic at Disney Parks, the new book by Graham Allen, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price. The new Disney book celebrating Christmas and Halloween at the Disney Parks features over 1,900 photos!

Disney Publishing sent a review copy and I couldn’t wait to make a preview video for you.

Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks Video Review

If you won’t be able to visit this parks this year, is this book a good substitute?

This large-format coffee table-sized book will enchant you with photos from Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland, and more. It’s hard to imagine that Disney could capture all of the magical details of their celebrations worldwide. They cover the twelve parks, cruise ships, resorts, and shopping districts. There is something for every fan of the parks, including a rich look at the history of the holidays starting at Disneyland.

The price tag seems hefty at first, until you crack it open and leaf through the pages. You’ll notice that there are four to five pictures per page. And at 384 pages, that’s almost as many photos as I take each visit!


Along with the Disney Monorail book, you have two fantastic reads for this holiday season. Are you going to get both? As a general rule, Disney books have small print runs and go out-of-print fairly quickly. If you wait too long, the price will skyrocket.

Are you going to order the holiday book for yourself or as a gift?

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Flight of Passage Queue Photos

Flight of Passage Queue Photos

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent in the queue for Flight of Passage in Pandora at the Animal Kingdom. It’s a well-done queue that is segmented and offers plenty to discover. Granted, it’s not my favorite queue, which os the original queue for the Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland. Like Florida’s Pirates of the Caribbean and Universal’s Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, the queues are immersive and offer a themed experience that is often parallel to the attraction. What they all have in common is the ability to transform your environment and put you into the themed space for the attraction before you enter the ride vehicle.

During a recent visit to Pandora, I took advantage of night mode in my iPhone 11 Pro to get some photos of the queue for Flight of Passage.

I love the view over the bridge of the waterfalls. It’s a stunning vista that is a definite crowd-pleaser and shows off the skills of Disney Imagineers.

Once you’ve made it into the queue building and you’ve gone through the ceremonial cave, you enter the RDA area. This section looks like a military base. The next section is referred to as the bioluminescent jungle and shows that the flora and fauna of Pandora have started to take over the RDA mining operations.

The atmosphere darkens and the Imagineers take full advantage of dark lights, special paints and lighting to show off the Pandora wildlife that is reclaiming the area.



A few of the images showcase how Imagineering was able to integrate lights and other needed elements into the design.

Lights and other fixtures were part of the RDA structure that have been overtaken.



Pennies, nickels and dimes…oh, my! I wonder how often Operations removes the coins that are thrown into the fake pool area. Notice the ladder in the top of the photo? It looks usable, but I wonder if the janitorial or maintenance staff actually use it.


There are still remnants of RDA throughout the jungle scene, especially with signage.

As I mentioned, I’ve spent hours in the queue for Flight of Passage at Pandora at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. To me, the ride is spectacular, regardless of the IP that was chosen, but the queue stands out for its immersion and storytelling. The gradations of the queue (outside, ceremonial cave, RDA base, bioluminescent jungle, research lab and weird parking garage-like structure before the pre-shows) offer a sense of progress and help the guest feel like they are proceeding more quickly. They also allow for discovery and conversations.

Arguably, with Flight of Passage (or the banshee Ride) still commanding an average wait time of two hours, nothing in the queue is effectively going make the time pass quickly. Make sure to bring an extra battery charger and visit the restrooms before entering the queue.


What do you think about the Queue for Flight of Passage?

Donald’s Dino-Bash at Animal Kingdom!

Donald’s Dino-Bash at Animal Kingdom!

Donald’s Dino Bash at Animal Kingdom is an overlay for the Dinoland USA area of Animal Kingdom that brings a lot of charm and energy into a park that has not had as much character or character interaction over the years.

Donald and friends even celebrated by decorating the brachiasourus at the entrance to Dinoland, USA!

Most of the Donald’s Dino-Bash celebration takes place near the Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama and celebrates the history of the dinosaurs that share a common ancestry with Donald Duck. But before we check out the Dino-Bash, but I want to explore the Scrooge McDuck and Launchpad McQuack additions, first!

Donald’s Dino-Bash: Scrooge McDuck

Apparently, Scrooge McDuck has an open-air office in the area.

So many fun details in Scrooge’s office…check out the parachute on the roof!

Presented to the honorable
For his generous contributions in support of
Donald’s Dino-Bash!
“Thanks, Uncle Scrooge!”

Let’s take a closer look at the Dinoland Gazette front-page announcing Scrooge McDuck at Donald’s Dino-Bash

Of course, I had to document the books that I found on Scrooge McDuck’s secretary:

  • Lost Artifacts of the World: an Index
  • Ancient Myths of Ithaquack
  • The Life and Times of Della Duck (yes, Della is Donald’s sister and the mother of Huey, Dewey and Louie)
  • How to Disarm any Foe
  • The Art of Organizing
  • Scrooge’s Favorite Smells, Vol. 12
  • A Topographical Atlas of Plain Awful
  • The Collected Treasure Maps of Peruvia
His compass, inkwell and pen.

A statue celebrating 50 years of McDuck Enterprises with a painting of his beloved vault in the background!

Here’s a close-up of Scrooge’s money vault!

For 40 years of
Exemplary Leadership
and Adventurous Spirit

Donald’s Dino-Bash: Launchpad McQuack

There’s also a meet and greet area for Launchpad McQuack close to Dinosaur. There are a lot of great hidden details and nods to the animated series and the comics.


Looks like we’ve got a few customer comment cards…

“All rollercoasters will seem tame after this flight!!!”

There are a few pieces of luggage with some stickers referring to other places that Scrooge and company have visited.

  • The infamous Ithaquack!

  • The Temple of the Golden Cricket!

  • Mt. Neverrest

  • The Lost City of Atlantis
  • Egyptian Pyramids
  • Duckburg

  • Greetings from Dinoland USA!

Donald’s Dino-Bash

There’s a wonderful statue that greets you as you enter the Dino-Bash area proper near the TriceraTop Spin section. It’s a great photo spot and I saw several people taking selfies and group photos with the statue.

You will also run into Chip and Dale in their Dino-Bash outfits as they host a dance party or two.

I’m not actually sure what he’s looking at…

I was surprised at how much charm and excitement that the overlay added to Dinoland USA. There are a few signs that explain dinosaur facts and how some dinosaurs are Donald’s ancestors. Overall, it’s a delightful addition that will appeal to children and families. Fans of the new Ducktales series will enjoy discovering the hidden details and clues left behind by the Imagineers.

What do you think about Donald’s Dino-Bash?