Every year since 2010, I’ve put together an annual yearbook of sorts, chronicling everything that changed at Walt Disney World that year. Mostly this means big stuff, like new additions or things being removed. In both cases, I put together a little photo essay to commemorate the experience, whether it’s an attraction, show, shop, or restaurant. There’s an emphasis on recording things for posterity, of course, and that’s half the point. Looking at these annual books after a few years is eye-opening. If you took a trip to WDW in 2015, what better way to remember your vacation?
There are “smaller” things noted in here as well. You’ll find a complete rundown of show times, operating hours, and closures from a Saturday in the summer, just to get an idea for what’s at WDW this year. There are detailed menus and prices from the food and wine festival, and information about Epcot concerts from the flower and garden festival. There’s a page dedicated to 2015-specific merchandise, and new this year, a few pages of photos of things currently under construction (Avatar, Rivers of Light, Disney Springs, etc). One page tracks typical prices for admission, parking, special events, and a typical fast food meal. Especially once you start comparing year to year, you can really see the changes stack up!
The index at the back makes it easy to locate anything you’re seeking specifically. This is a reference work, after all, in addition to being a photo gallery with hundreds of pictures of those new additions and fateful removals.
Additions included smaller attractions like Colortopia, Star Wars Launch Bay, and Club Disney at the new Sunset Showcase. There were sneak peeks of movies such as Tomorrowland, Inside Out, and the Good Dinosaur. The big changes, however, were at Disney Springs, where almost two dozen new stores and restaurants opened, and we chronicle all of them.
It was also a year of many departures, and we honor them with multi-page pictorials: Captain EO, Star Wars Weekends, Magic of Disney Animation, Osborne Lights, Richard Petty Driving Experience, and a whole raft of exhibits in Innoventions.
The ‘Earbook is 76 pages of full color photos, with a retail price of $13.99 (Amazon sometimes discounts the price without author control): http://www.amazon.com/Unofficial-Walt-Disney-World-Earbook/dp/1523472324/