2012 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA – REVIEW – Poster Art Of The Disney Parks

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Poster Art of the Disney Parks (Introduction by Tony Baxter)

  • Reading level: Ages 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Editions (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423124111
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423124115
  • Cover price $40.00

ABOUT POSTER ART OF THE DISNEY PARKS

Anyone who has ever walked through the gates at a Disney Park knows that there is a magical experience waiting to be had on the other side. All of the telltale signs are there: the sound of joyful music pipes across the promenade; the smells of popcorn and cookies waft through the air; and the colorful attraction posters depict all the wonderful rides and shows created for Guests by the Imagineers. Poster Art of the Disney Parks is a tribute to those posters, which begin telling the story of each attraction even before Guests have entered the queue area.

Disney attraction posters have been an important means of communication since Disneyland began displaying them in 1956. Not only are they eye-catching pieces of artwork that adorn the Parks with flair and style, they are also displayed to build excitement and disseminate information about the newest additions to the Disney landscape. When the first attraction posters made their debut at Disneyland, one such piece of art proclaimed that Guests could have a “true-life adventure” on the Jungle Cruise. And in 2012 at Disney California Adventure, a poster announced the grand opening of Cars Land—the newest thrill-filled destination at the Disneyland Resort. Both of those posters are reproduced within this book, along with posters from every decade in between.

As evidenced by the evolution of the attraction posters, art styles and design techniques have certainly changed over the years. These characteristics also differ from continent to continent. Posters from Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Hong Kong Disneyland exhibit the nuances in presentation that give each Park’s pantheon of posters its signature look. But while artistic interpretations and color palettes may vary from Park to Park and from year to year, the spirit of Disney storytelling is a constant that ties them all together.

MY THOUGHTS

I received a copy of Poster Art Of The Disney Parks. This book is an absolute must-have for Disney fans. it contains so many posters, from all different areas of different Disney Parks. The photos are beautiful! not only does the book contain pictures of the posters, it contains explanations and interesting historical information and stories about the posters and those areas of the park. Here’s a photo of one of the Tiki room posters.

Poster Art Of The Disney Parks

Aside from Disney fans, the book would be great for anyone that appreciates art and posters, whether or not they’ve been to Disney. It’s a beautiful book, which is why it’s included in this year’s holiday gift guide.

The product(s) featured in this post was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review OR for inclusion in a gift guide. This review has not been monetarily compensated. Please note that as always any personal opinions reflected in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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10 comments

pat. marsden December 10, 2012 - 12:53 pm

What wonderful tablebooks I would keep on my own living room table.

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Maryann D. December 11, 2012 - 7:53 pm

This looks like a wonderful book. Anything with Disney is fantastic to me and I would love to receive this as well as give it for a gift. I know a lot of Disney fans!

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Jane Ritz December 19, 2012 - 9:32 pm

The Poster Art of Disney is gorgeous. I have loved Disney since I was a child and watched The Woinderful World of Disney with Walt Disney. Once a fan, always a fan.

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Pam December 19, 2012 - 10:49 pm

This would be a lovely coffee table book and could be enjoyed by every age!

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Marissa December 20, 2012 - 1:07 am

I love disney posters! thanks!

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sbutcher8 December 20, 2012 - 2:08 am

sounds like it would be wonderful, but $40.00 is way to much to me esp. if kids are around it. I’d hide it. Thanks for the review

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Bidisha Banerjee December 20, 2012 - 6:40 am

Great innovative idea to gift in holidays to little kids.

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Diane Sallans December 20, 2012 - 8:37 pm

Our family loves Disney – this would be great fun to look thru before & after a visit.

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valmg December 30, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Definitely! The photos are beautiful!

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cole mckinnon December 21, 2012 - 11:36 am

Excellent coffee table book, plus my granddaughters would love the pics as they’ve been to Disney a few times.

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