Holiday Gift Guide: Disney History Fans

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The holiday season is quickly approaching! In preparation for Christmas, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite gift ideas for Disney history fans. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the Disney history fan in your life? These gift ideas are sure to delight!



Project Future 
This is one of my favorite books about Disney history. It tells the story of how Walt Disney and his team transformed the Florida swamps into the Most Magical Place On Earth. Even as an avid Disney history fan, I was able to learn so much from reading Project Future!

Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms
Imagineer Marty Sklar share tales from his 50+ years with the Walt Disney Company. He began working for Disney in June 1955, shortly before Disneyland opened, and worked his way up to become the president of Walt Disney Imagineering.

It’s Kind of a Cute Story
Also written by an imaginer, It’s Kind of a Cute Story shares numerous tales of working at Disney. Over the years, Rolly Crump worked on many Disney attractions including Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and The Haunted Mansion, as well as, working directly with Walt Disney. He share stories of his time with the mouse in this must read book.

The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion
Disney history fans can learn everything they ever wanted to know about the development of Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction in The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney’s Haunted Mansion. This book goes into so much detail about how this classic Disney attraction came about. Read my review of the book here.

The Revised Vault of Walt: Unofficial Disney Stories Never Told
In this book, Disney history fans will find all kinds of stories about Walt Disney. Many of these stories have been rarely told, so you’re sure to learn something new and interesting about Walt Disney!



Waking Sleeping Beauty
This documentary details the Disney Renaissance which saw films such as The Little Mermaid and Beauty & The Beast. You’ll hear stories from the animators who actually worked on these classic films.

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story
For anyone who grew up listening to the wonderful music of The Sherman Brothers in Disney films such as Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, and so many other Disney classics, this documentary is a must see. The documentary, put together by the children of The Sherman Brothers, shares insights into both their careers and private lives.



SpectroMagic Soundtrack
SpectroMagic is one of the most loved parades at the Disney parks. With thousands of sparkling lights, the parade delighted guests each night it ran down Main Street. In addition to the lights, the parade’s soundtrack contributed to making the experience extra magical. The Disney history fan in your life is sure to love listening to the parade’s soundtrack at home!

Wishes Soundtrack
The soundtrack to the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime spectacular is a must have for any Disney fan. Hosted by Jiminy Cricket, Wishes celebrates the magic of Disney, the importance of dreaming big, and wishes come true.

For The Home


Disney Traditions by Jim Shore – Seven Dwarfs Walking Over Fallen Log Figurine
Fans of Walt Disney’s first full-length animated film are sure to love this beautiful figurine! As with any Disney Traditions piece by Jim Shore, the craftsmanship and details are stunning.

Disney Traditions by Jim Shore – Cinderella Romantic Waltz Figurine
This gorgeous figurine depicts the classic ballroom scene from the film on Cinderella’s dress. It is a must have for any Cinderella fan!

Orange Bird Figure
Any Disney history fan will be thrilled to have the cute little Orange Bird in their home! This bird was created by Disney for the Florida Citrus Commission in the 1970s and could often be found at Walt Disney World. After many years away, Orange Bird made his triumphant return to the Magic Kingdom in 2012.

Practical Gifts


Thomas Kinkade: The Disney Dreams Collection 2016 Wall Calendar
Disney history fans will love counting down the days until their next Disney vacation with this calendar. Each month depicts a beautiful image inspired by one of Walt Disney’s classic animated films. They will also love searching for hidden items, such as hidden Mickeys, in each piece of art.

Frontierland Trash Can Salt/Pepper Shaker
There are wonderful little details everywhere in the Disney parks; There’s no doubt the Disney history fan in your life has noticed these, even on the trash cans at Disney. The Frontierland trash can salt/pepper shaker is a useful way to bring a bit of the Disney magic to your dining table at home!

Adventureland Mug
This Adventureland themed mug features vintage attraction posters from many of the land’s classic attractions including Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and The Jungle Cruise. I received one of these oversized mugs for Christmas last year and it has become one of my favorite mugs to use for hot tea and/or coffee! I love the size of the mug and I, of course, love looking at all of the various attraction posters while I enjoy my beverage.

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Kimberly, this is a great gift guide! I love it and am saving it to favorites. You have given me a lot of ideas for Noah and Brook and maybe even myself!

Thanks! Glad I could share some ideas with you!

Rosanne Mottola

The trash can salt and pepper shakers = epic! 🙂 I do love the books though, I’m always looking for new things to read and this is right up my alley! Thanks for sharing!


I love the trash cans! They are too cute! I featured the Frontierland one since it fits the theme of my blog, but the Tomorrowland one is my favorite; it reminds me of PUSH!


As a fellow Disney history geek, this list spoke to me! Adding a few new books to my Amazon wish list now.


I’ve got a few of these (the ones I haven’t read yet) on my wish list too! Can’t wait to read them!

Well now I have a few more things to add to my list! Books are always my weakness. 🙂


Disney history books are the best! You always learn something new!

Now these are my kind of gifts. I am a junkie for anything vintage Disney.


Me too! Disney history is just so fascinating!

Julie Bigboy

Oh I need some Disney reading material to help me until my next trip! Thanks, I’ll add these to my list!


Hope you enjoy them!


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