The Orlando Sentinel’s Disney World at 50: The Stories of How Walt’s Kingdom Became Magical in Orlando collects portions of the Orland Sentinel’s fifty years of reporting on the Florida vacation kingdom. The book collects portions of articles printed in the Orlando Sentinel with tons of images from Walt Disney World. The book covers the history of the park chronologically from the announcement for the park to the park today. Topics covered include building the Magic Kingdom, opening day, transportation, changes in the park, and 2021 events.
The text is a pretty interesting read. The audience gets to read historical news articles with the knowledge of today to better understand intentions and things that did not occur. The images are very enjoyable, and coming from the newspaper's archive and not Disney’s photo collection provides many new to me images. I do find that the page numbers are at times lost in images. Additionally, there is a gap in the narrative. The book jumps 24 years to the current day and the impact of the Coronavirus on the parks. And the several pages of content do feel out of balance with other topics in the book. Honestly, I would have found it more balanced if an event like September 11th and that park closure was included due to the impact on American society.
The Orlando Sentinel’s Disney World at 50: The Stories of How Walt’s Kingdom Became Magical in Orlando is an interesting visual adventure. It allows us to look back with what we know today and revisit the past. And with images that we typically do not see in other books, readers can enjoy the 50th anniversary regardless of where we are between the parks.
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