Another year, another ‘earbook! Since 2010 I have written an annual book that captures all the changes to the WDW parks during that calendar year: additions, removals, and significant alterations are all captured through photos. It’s not text rich, but there are timelines of everything, to benefit posterity, and there’s a very helpful index at the back of the book. There are also detailed “snapshots” of entertainment in the parks, as well as sample prices from around the parks and hotels – again for posterity.
Things added this year include Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Concert in the Wild, Harambe Nights, Frozen Summer Fun, Villains Unleashed, Marketplace Co-Op, Exposition Park, Happy Hound, Harambe Theater, Isle of Java, It All Started With a Mouse, Lilo’s Playhouse, Meet Baymax and Hiro, Memento Mori, Move It Shake It Dance and Play It, Spice Road Table, United World Soccer, Tinker Bell’s Garden Theater, Trattoria al Forno, Pineapple Lanai, Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, Rock Your Disney Side Party, and Smokehouse.
Meanwhile, the following items were removed from Walt Disney World: Maelstrom, Studio Tram Tour, Camp Minnie-Mickey, American Idol Experience, Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, Ride the Comix, Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade, AFI Showcase, Heritage House, Kouzzina, L.A. Prop Cinema Storage, Lefty, Moana Mickey’s Arcade, Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook, RIDEMAKERZ, Team Mickey, Yankee Trader, Wyland Gallery Babycakes NYC, Blink by Wet Seal, Bodie’s All-American, and Pollo Campero.
The book is 72 pages long, in full color, and large format (8 inches by 10 inches). It comes in a softcover only; the Kindle version isn’t quite ready yet. The retail price is $12.99, though Amazon often discounts from there (as I type this, it’s $11.69, but keep in mind they change around the discount frequently on their own schedule).
If you’re curious, here are links to the previous year publications: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. They are mostly priced the same, but 2011 was small format and many more (color) pages, so it’s more expensive.