Around the World with Disney : 3 of 5
This is another hardcover book produced for Disneyland's 50th anniversary, but available at Walt Disney World as a celebration of all the Disney parks in general. It's much like the other hardcover souvenir books sold at the parks, except that it's grouped differently since it covers so much ground. Instead of the usual chapters for each land, they chose to go with loose themes, such as water, speed, flying, and so on. There's not a lot of text, so there wasn't much new to learn for me here, but I did enjoy some of the great photos (all color and many full spreads). My favorites were a great Epcot entrance panorama with Monorails on both tracks, and an interesting overhead shot of the Dumbo ride showing the detail of the central fountain. Some of the photos are pretty weird - there's a shot of Storybook Land that's so old there's still a hint of the Skyway in the background, plus an interior Star Tours photo that must have been from the safety movie (since there are guys in giant Ewok costumes in it!). The choice of photos leans heavily on Walt Disney World, though there's a few nice Tokyo and Paris images, too. Though I own many better Disney photo books, I still learned an important fact - I had no idea that Fantasmic was named that because the "mic" is for Mickey! I can't believe I never figured that out.