Walt Disney World a pictorial souvenir

Walt Disney World, a pictorial souvenir from 1977

Walt Disney World, a pictorial souvenir is a series of small-form guide books that Disney released during the 1970, 1980s and early 1990s. They were souvenir books geared towards having an inexpensive memento of your family vacation. They were also a quick way to share the concept for Walt Disney World with friends and family. The books covered the Magic Kingdom, the resort hotels, the dining, the shopping, and all of the recreation. All in about 36-38 pages.

Not really enough space to cover the Vacation Kingdom of the World. Or is it?

Check out my WDW Pictorial Souvenir Video

The books evolved over the years, with each version becoming a little glossier. The photos improved, as did the presentation. But the coverage shrank, as well. The first few years only covered the Magic Kingdom, the two resorts, Fort Wilderness, the Golf Resort (I’m not sure why the Golf Resort was separate), and the recreation. Disney added parks and resorts (like Epcot and Disney-MGM Studios) and the real estate of the book shrunk, as well.

A handful of pictorial souvenir guide books from the first three decades of Walt Disney World. They really like purple.

Do You Own any of the Disney World Pictorial Souvenir Books?


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Camping at Fort Wilderness in 1973!

Camping at Fort Wilderness in 1973!

A lot of people have experienced camping at Fort wilderness at Walt Disney World. But how many got to experience a Fort Wilderness trip in which you caught your own breakfast?

Our make-believe family looks like they are about to have the best Fort Wilderness vacation ever!

I read an article in a 1973 Walt Disney World Vacationland magazine about a seven-day camping trip at Fort Wilderness. What surprised me was what the family did! (Or didn’t do.)

There was no rushing to the Magic Kingdom every morning. There were no extended shopping visits. And there were no Fastpasses! Imagine spending days exploring Fort Wilderness as opposed to visiting the Magic Kingdom.

In their defense, this was a Magic Kingdom bereft of any E-Ticket attractions (although, the Jungle Cruise and the Haunted Mansion were there). It would be months before Pirates of the Caribbean opened and years before Space mountain and Big Thunder Mountain would debut.

Check out My 1973 Fort Wilderness Video

Camping at Fort Wilderness was a completely different experience than you can even find today. There was a little something for everyone, even if it was just lounging around in a hammock. After reading the article, it was obviously a PR piece, but the writer did a great job of conveying the multitude of activities surrounding horses, outdoor sports, canoeing, fishing, and hiking.

Speaking of Fort Wilderness, did you ever get to stay there in the 1970s and experience the Peddlar’s Truck?

Do you miss the Tri-Circle D Ranch at Fort Wilderness?


Looking for a great book on the first decade at Walt Disney World?

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The History of the Magic Kingdom in Maps

The History of the Magic Kingdom in Maps

The Magic Kingdom is nearing 50 years old. That’s a lot of history and a lot of developments and transitions. One way changes can be documented is through the different park maps that have been produced over the years. Now that we all use our smart phones to navigate the parks, I do wonder what the future of printed park maps will be. You do see less people using maps in the theme parks, which makes sense. But I still love them as collectible items.

The history of the evolution of the maps of the Magic Kingdom is an interesting tale. We would never really see a fold-out map, but different iterations of maps would be released through GAF, Kodak and Polaroid Guides. There were also maps in guide books and travel magazines. For the most part, I check out official maps produced by Disney. Some are iconic and others are very close in detail and layout. I offer over 20 different maps in the video.

Magic Kingdom Maps Video

Do you have a favorite Magic Kingdom map?

How Disney promoted the Magic Kingdom is a fascinating byproduct of reviewing these different maps. The color choices, layouts, and inclusion (and omission) of details strikes an interesting choice of what is important at the time. Also what Disney did to promote this new theme park venture.

Have You Ever Seen the GAF Photo Spots of the GAF Photo Trail?


Looking for an amazing book about Disney maps?

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Power Failure at Cedar Point

Power Failure at Cedar Point

My first visit to Cedar Point was in 2016 and I did not expect power failure at Cedar Point (or any other major amusement park). I mean, who expects a Cedar Point power failure?

The visit to Cedar Point was part of a larger coaster trip that also included Kings Island, Holiday World and Kentucky Kingdom. I read that there were occasions storms that blew though the peninsula, but I was more worried about the number of bugs I heard were in the area during the early summer.

One thing I quickly discovered was that it was best to keep your mouth shut on coaster rides at Cedar Point…just sayin’.

Cedar Point Blackout Video

It was very strange to walk around a major amusement park and not hear the familiar sounds of roller coaster lift hills or guests screaming down that first drop.

What was there to do during a blackout at Cedar Point? Food? Water? Restrooms?

How did Cedar Point staff handle the needs of guest safety and concerns?

Check out my other posts about Cedar Point, here.

Looking for an Amazing History Book on Cedar Point?

Check out Ken Miller’s new book: Rolling Through The Years: A Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology. You will love it!

Cedar Point History Book

Cedar Point History Book

This new Cedar Point history book by Ken Miller is so much more than a history book. Rolling Through The Years: A Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology is probably the greatest amusement park book ever written. Sure, I still love The Nickel Tour and the Marc Davis books, but Ken’s new Cedar Point book is the prototype for how a history and chronology book should be written.

The Cedar Point history book measures in at 12″ X 18″.

I bought my copy online and couldn’t wait to break the spine, so to speak. I’ve visited Cedar Point twice and I had two more trips scheduled this summer, but had to cancel them. I didn’t even read the blurb on the back of the book before starting this video so I could experience it firsthand.

Rolling Through The Years: A Cedar Point Atlas & Chronology Video Preview

Why Should I Buy This Book?

Fans of Cedar Point have to add this book to their collection. Besides offering an incredible history, it is a way to experience the much loved  amusement park like never before. Amusement and theme park fans should add this book to their collection due simply to the breadth and depth of knowledge and history presented in one place. Authors like Ken need the support to create lasting works like this. Die-hard Disney fans need to visit Cedar Point. I know many will scoff at this, but there is a reason that Cedar Point has been around for 150 years.

Check Out My Other Cedar Point Posts


Visit the publisher to order a copy, and tell ’em that George sent ya!

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Let’s Take a Ride on the Magic Kingdom Skyway in 1997!

Let’s Take a Ride on the Magic Kingdom Skyway in 1997!

The Skyway at the Magic Kingdom was an opening day attraction and operated until November 10, 1999. The Skyway traveled about 4 miles per hour and reached an average height of 60 feet. Not the most thrilling attraction, yet it was a favorite due to the different perspective that it offered of the Magic Kingdom. There were two stations and you could take a one-way trip from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland or vice-versa.

I rode the Skyway during multiple trips and was able to take a handful of photos in September of 1997. Remember kids, this was before digital cameras and it cost money to develop each photo.

Magic Kingdom Skyway Video

Did you get a chance to ride the Skyway?

Check out these 1985 images from the Skyway!

Roy Disney Visits Disney World

Roy Disney Visits Disney World

After the announcement of the Florida Project with Walt, Roy and Governor Haydon Burns, Disney executives visited the Disney World project a few times. You’ve probably seen some well known photos of Walt walking around the scrub and swamp lands surveying the project. But have you seen other images of Roy Disney visiting Central Florida?

Roy Disney Visits Disney World!

On February 3, 1967, just two months after Walt’s passing, Roy visited the Florida property with Disney executives and staff in charge of the Disney World project. The State Library and Archives of Florida has handful of these photos as Roy Disney visits Disney World. The State Library made them available through the Florida Memory. I found some fantastic photos of Roy exploring the areas of (I believe) Bay Lake and Riles Island (eventually to be named Blackbeard’s Island, Treasure Island, and Discovery Island). In the photos, Roy is accompanied by Donn Tatum, Card Walker, Admiral Joe Potter, and real estate consultant Roy Hawkins.

Roy at Walt Disney World

The groundbreaking for the Disney World project took place a few months later on May 30, 1967.  Roy would be a strong leader for the Florida project. He worked to honor his brother’s dream and create a successful vacation resort. These images as Roy Disney visits Disney World show a happy Roy. He seems to be excited to be visiting the Florida property.

Roy Disney is the unsung here of the Disney Company. If you want to learn more about Roy, check out these three great biographies:

Have You Seen Other Images of Roy Disney Visiting Disney World?

The Art of Disneyland Video Review!

The Art of Disneyland Video Review!

The Art of Disneyland is a much sought after book by collectors and fans. Published in 2006 to help celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Disneyland, the book flew under the radar and was only sold at the park at first. Eventually, it made its way to the second-hand markets (like amazon) and the price skyrocketed. I’ve seen it go as high as $400.00, but recently, it’s been around $125.00.

What Makes The Art of Disneyland So Special?

At the time of publication, much of the concept artwork and paintings had never been seen before. The presentation by Kurtti and Gordon left fans and enthusiasts stunned. The only book to come close is the sister publication: The Art of The Walt Disney World Resort.

Check Out My Video Review:

Do you own this title? What is your favorite Disneyland book?

From my 2007 review of the book:

The Imagineering roll call is inspiring: Ken Anderson, Claude Coats, Mary Blair, John Hench, Harper Goff, Marc Davis, Peter Ellenshaw, Sam McKim, Herbert Ryman and so many more. Seeing all of this artwork in one place, by so many different artists, is like having a conversation about what Disneyland might have been. But then we actually know how it turned out. Most of the artwork is so true to what was developed, though. If you have ever spent any time at Disneyland, you will enjoy this book.

Yes, this is concept art from The Art of Disneyland. It features a large show building with a runaway mine cart ride (like Temple of Doom), a version of the current Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, and a section or two in which the Jungle Cruise can be seen. This would have changed the landscape of theme parks forever!


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The Ultimate EPCOT Center Book!

The Ultimate EPCOT Center Book!

Are you looking for the ultimate EPCOT Center book?

A book that chronicles the design and construction of one of the world’s favorite theme parks?

One that shares concept artwork, models and opening day photographs?

Then look no further than Walt Disneys EPCOT by Richard Beard.

Check out my video review of the 1982 must-have EPCOT Center book!

There are three different editions of this book. Make sure you pick up all three if you want complete your collection. Check out this link to see the three different editions.

What’s Your Favorite EPCOT Center book?


The Story of Walt Disney World Book Review

The Story of Walt Disney World Book Review

Are you looking for an amazing book about Walt Disney World?

One of my favorite books is the Story of Walt Disney World: Commemorative Edition. This is a large-format, paperback book that was published during the first decade of the Vacation Kingdom of the World. The book was updated regularly from 1971 through 1980 (or so). After perusing multiple editions and copies, there are minor differences in the images, but there is a major difference in the two-page resort maps.

The Story of Walt Disney World Video Review

It’s amazing to think of how many photos that Disney published concerning the construction of the Magic Kingdom and the hotels. You don’t see Disney doing much of that today.

What do you think about this title?

Have you read it? Do you own both editions?

Check out my list of Walt Disney World books.


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