holiday magic at the disney parks

Prep for the Holiday Season with the New Book Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks

By the D23 Team

Fans of Disney Parks are no strangers to celebrating the holidays the Disney way. Whether experiencing the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park, visiting the giant gingerbread house at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Walt Disney World Resort, or celebrating New Year’s Eve at Epcot, there are so many ways to celebrate the holidays at Disney Parks.

Disney Publishing just announced that the upcoming Disney Editions book Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks is coming this October. Showcasing the unique blend of Disney magic and holiday enchantment, fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the holidays at Disney Parks around the world. This spectacular 384-page coffee table book, written by Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline, and Charlie Price, features hundreds of brand-new photographs, as well as stories and contributions from cast members around the globe.

“We are so excited for the upcoming release of Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks, and can’t wait to share the merry madness that went into the making of this glorious book,” says Rebecca Cline, Director of the Walt Disney Archives and co-author of the book. “After 10 years of research and more than 180,000 miles visiting every Disney park and resort around the world, we’re so excited to share the thrills, chills, fun, and breathtaking beauty of Disney Parks at the most festive times of the year.”

In celebration of the news of the upcoming release, we asked Rebecca to answer a few questions for us!

Q: What is your favorite Halloween tradition at any of the Disney Parks?
A: My favorite tradition is a fairly new one! My very favorite Disney Halloween story is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and there is a very scary statue of the horseman at Disney California Adventure Park at Halloween that gives me chills (in the very best way, of course!).

Q: Can you share a fascinating behind-the-scenes fact you learned while researching this book?
A: I got a chance to see the official “recipe” for the beloved Gingerbread House at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. Should you wish to bake your very own 17-feet-tall house, all you need is 1,050 pounds of honey, 800 pounds of flour, 600 pounds each of chocolate and powdered sugar, 35 pounds of spices, and a few egg whites… a mere 140 pints of them!

Q: Why is this book a great collection piece for any Disney Parks fan?
A: We worked very hard to include new historical information about how the holidays were celebrated in the earliest days at Disneyland, along with many rare photos from the Walt Disney Archives. We also showed how Disney has developed over the years from those early homegrown type of events into some of the most wonderful holiday magic in the world. The photography in the book is spectacular, and a good percentage of the 1,900 photos therein were taken just for this book—and have never been seen before. It’s a must-have for Disney fans, holiday fans, and photography buffs, as well!

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