A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of The Most Magical Place on Earth is a substantial coffee table book that takes a look at Walt Disney World Resort from many different perspectives. Written by Kevin M. Kern, Tim O’Day, and Steven Vagnini, A Portrait of Walt Disney World is a treasure trove of unique photos and stories.
My first thought when I initially picked up this book was how much is packed into it. Flipping through the pages it became quickly evident that a lot of love was put into this book. There are photos from many different years, locations, and perspectives of Walt Disney World Resort. They are coupled with comments and stories by an equally diverse collection of people connected to Walt Disney World Resort.
This isn’t just a history book. It is a celebration of Walt Disney World Resort. This is a book that hardcore Disney fans will enjoy, tourists visiting for The World’s Most Magical Celebration will enjoy, and casual Disney fans will enjoy. People with different levels of interest will be able to look through the pages with different levels of intensity. Some will enjoy it as a coffee table book that they casually enjoy as they peruse its pages. Others will dive in and read every word and study every picture time and time again.
A Portrait of Walt Disney World is an absolutely wonderful book that is a must for any Disney fan. Honestly, it will probably end up being one of the best keepsakes for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration. There are so many unique photos, concept art renderings, and other rare offerings in this book that it really becomes an instant must-have for a Disney library.
This is a book that was very enjoyable to review and I will be returning to it regularly to dig in deeper. As I sit in an airport in New Jersey on my way to Walt Disney World Resort to experience the 50th Anniversary celebration, I find myself anticipating sitting down and reading and rereading this book over and over again after experiencing The World’s Most Magical Celebration! While I was given a review copy of this book, I would have happily purchased it to get experience the magical history of Walt Disney World Resort found on its pages. This really is a beautiful book.