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Review: “Going to Magic Kingdom” illustrated book

Author/illustrator Shannon Laskey, a California resident, has written a couple of amazing books about Disneyland and DCA. Called “Going to” guides, they specialize in tours of the parks done with kid-friendly full-color illustrations. There’s a disarming style here that is endearing for just about every audience–certainly including adult Disney fans!–and the books are a delight…

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Van Eaton Galleries: Remembering Disneyland book

Three times now, the private Van Eaton Galleries has hosted auctions for Disneyland memorabilia. Today is the third one, called Remembering Disneyland. It’s become quite the cottage industry for this auction house. Each time, the auction was accompanied by an exhibition. Since I don’t live in California any more, I haven’t attended. But fortunately, they…

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Review: “Going to” guidebook for DCA

That’s it. With this new book, I’m going to automatically be a fan of anything published by the talented Shannon Laskey. The author of a book series called “Going to…” guides, Laskey is also the illustrator, and it’s her artwork that is so eye-catching and makes her books so special. I’ve previously reviewed her Going…

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Review: Complete WDW 2017 book

Every year there is one guidebook in the Walt Disney World universe that outstrips all the others for its quality and completeness. The Complete Guide to Walt Disney World, by Mike and Julie Neil, is an annual publication that not only takes readers through the rides, shows, and attractions, but also provides stunning photographs of…

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Book review: Drinking at Disney

When you crack open a book with the subtitle “A tipsy travel guide to Walt Disney World’s bars, lounges, and glow cubes,” you have a certain expectation. At the low end of the spectrum would be simple recounting of what’s in each bar and maybe a few factoids specific to each. However, that would be…

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There is a Disney theme park Easter Egg in Finding Dory, and it’s glorious (spoilers deep within article)

Usually the flow of Disney synergy goes in just one direction: new material is created for the animated movies, which then provide themes, characters, settings, and plots that can be used when creating new theme park rides. Most of the time you find “Easter Eggs” (hidden secrets with personal or historical significance) in those movies,…