Magic of the Holidays: A Graham Allan, Rebecca Cline and Charlie Price Book Review

“Does your heart hold the magic of the holidays? Is it filled with warm memories just waiting to be discovered again? Well, now is the time to open your heart, believe in that magic, and remember those treasured moments. Oh, they’re still there, deep within you, waiting to touch you once more. So come along, as the magic of the season leads the way.” - Believe… In Holiday Magic fireworks spectacular show, Disneyland
In the most magical sense of the word, Disney parks truly come alive during the holidays.

From not-so-scary Halloween parties to Christmas parades and every bit of decoration in between, the immaculate detailing of how Disney celebrates the holidays is shared in Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks. The coffee table-styled book features nearly 1,900 photographs showcasing Disney parks, resorts and cruise lines filled with special holiday menu offerings, the biggest parade and stage productions and nighttime spectacles, and the tiniest decoration details from amazing artists and designers.

Readers will find detailed facts and photographs of all autumnal and winter events that take place around the world. Inside its pages are the first time Disneyland celebrated Halloween, how The Haunted Mansion transforms to The Nightmare Before Christmas, the technology of lighting effects to create illusions on the castles, the elaborate gingerbread house designs and a legacy of fireworks productions.

The book was created by a trio of researchers, writers and photographers who logged more than 180,000 miles visiting each park and resort to document newer holiday traditions as well as dig through the archives to find information of holidays past. Graham Allan is a writer for Disney twenty-three magazine, the D23 website and has produced numerous scavenger hunts and trivia challenges for Disney’s parks and resorts. Rebecca Cline has worked for Disney since 1989 and is currently Director of Archives, responsible for collecting and preserving all aspects of Disney history as well as making the material available to the public. Charlie Price is a writer of books and magazine comics for Disney Publishing Worldwide and has also worked at Disneyland and within the Disney Consumer Products and Disney Television Animation divisions. With their extensive background and dedication to the story behind the magic, this book shares the joys of Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years that are brought to life at Disney.

According to the book, the numerous theme parks, resort hotels, cruise ships, dining and shopping districts have shared more than six decades of holiday experiences. Decorations are carefully chosen to fit within a story and are expertly placed. Installation, maintenance and disassembly are important to their preservation and presentation. Parades and shows require dozens, if not hundreds, of creative individuals on and off stage. There is no such thing as a small role when it comes to creating a holiday experience for Guests.

For those who have enjoyed a holiday experience at Disney or hope to do so in the future, Holiday Magic at the Disney Parks is the perfect way to reminisce or plan ahead.