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Disneyland Attractions Picture Books

by | Jul 20, 2019

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Disneyland is a very special place for us and our families. We cannot count the number of treasured memories we have collected over the years. It is a place that gives great anticipation to first-time visitors and the need to take a tiny piece home with you when that special time has come to an end. For younger kids, this is especially true and we believe we have a wonderful gift and souvenir that the whole family can enjoy to keep the magic going.

Disney Parks Presents is a series of truly lovely picture books. They are beautifully illustrated by featured Disney Artists and tell a story through the famous lyrics of some of the most iconic attractions. Best of all, each book comes with a music CD to play while reading to really make the experience come to life. For our own nieces, nephews, and family friends we have gifted these books to help their children familiarize themselves in preparation for their first visit. Afterward, they became the only bedtime, morning time, afternoon time, and really anytime favorite books to read. We have been told reliving those memories through the stories have brought the magic home with them and keeps it going every day. 

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The first book we discovered was at “It’s a Small World” Toy shop near the exit of Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” attraction. The cover caught our eye the moment we stepped into the shop and we were instantly enchanted by it. We were even more delighted to find out it was one in a series of six Disneyland attractions picture books. We now have the pleasure of bringing this beautiful series to you and your family to enjoy together.

Disney Parks Presents: It’s A Small World

Is a beautiful and colorful illustrated book that takes you around the world as experienced on the most beloved ride for all ages. The illustrations by artist, Joey Chou, is a bright and happy modern twist on Mary Blair’s original concept design as seeing the world through a child’s eye which can still be seen to this day on the ride.

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Originally, this attraction was created for the 1964 New York World’s Fair UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) Pavilion, an organization that is working for a better tomorrow by helping the children of today. The included CD is the original theme song written by the Sherman Brother’s who wrote it for the children of the world. It has remained constant for the last fifty-five years.

Your children will enjoy seeing each page come to life as the music plays and they turn the lovely illustrated pages to travel around the world again and again.

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Disney Parks Presents: Jungle Cruise Book

Do you have a future Jungle Cruise skipper living in your home?  If you don’t, you might have an aspiring one after reading this book. Illustrated by artist, Erwin Madrid, and narrated by John Lasseter (who was a former Jungle Cruise Skipper at Disneyland), makes this Jungle Cruise voyage a fun and exciting adventure. 

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This book takes you from the loading dock through the entire winding Nile where you can see all the jungle animals along the way. And if you don’t believe us then you are in De-Nile. By then end of the book, you and your kids will have learned all the bad jokes and puns including the actual spiel of the Jungle Cruise Skippers for the entire voyage.

Get ready to laugh out loud and relive the magic of the Jungle Cruise together until it’s time to “Get Out!” and start it all over again.

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Disney Parks Presents: Haunted Mansion

Welcome, foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion.  Happy haunts are materializing as you enjoy reading this book. Re-explore the Haunted Mansion from the Expanding Rooms to the graveyard and sing along with the Happy Haunts.

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Illustrated by artist, James Gilleard and the original soundtrack by Buddy Baker and Xavier “X” Atencio makes this a perfect book to get before a first visit. As one of our families’ favorites, we know finding the lightheartedness in this attraction is key for young ones to enjoy.  Hearing the music and becoming familiar with the story through the great and friendly illustrations will help children understand that the Grim Grinning Ghosts are Only Out to Socialize

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Disney Parks Presents: Pirates of the Carribean

Yo ho, Yo ho, a Pirate’s life for me.  This book is by far the favorite of both families as it is both of our families favorite attraction to ride.  Illustrated by artist, Mike Wall and the original soundtrack by George Bruns and Xavier “X” Atencio makes this another perfect book to get before a first visit.

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The soft warm glow of the illustrations makes it easy to warm up to this pirate adventure and one can’t help to feel jolly with the catchy chanty the pirates sing.

*Note: As of now, this book is not available for purchase. The copy we have has the original auctioneer scene. We believe an updated version may be coming soon.

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A Kiss Goodnight  

This book soars in a different direction than all the rest. It looks up to the stars and back to the past.  Illustrated by artist, Floyd Norman and the soundtrack by, Richard M. Sherman this is a story about Walt Disney’s journey and his love of fireworks.

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It starts off when Walt was a little boy and one of the biggest joys in his life was to watch fireworks on the fourth of July. The illustrations are a black ink sketch style with the only splash of color being the thing Walt loved most. This story follows Walt’s journey all the way to him creating the magic place we all love, Disneyland.

A Kiss Goodnight is the fireworks show from Walt to all his guests. It is his way of thanking everyone for their visit. Richard Sherman heard this story about Walt’s wishes and created the song. The music, the story, and the illustrations are as magical as the firework shows at Disneyland

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Disney Parks Presents: Space Mountain

We noticed that on October 8, 2019, a new Space Mountain book will be available for purchase online.  We are looking forward to adding this newest book to our collection.

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Obtain these books and read them in advance of your visit to Disneyland. It will help to create a more magical experience.

Each book will build the excitement of creating a Disneyland daily plan of which attractions your children would like to experience for your visit.

 

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