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Last week, I introduced you to a great Disney book for kids – Guide to the Magic. (If you missed that review, be sure to click back and check it out!) Tim Foster, author of Guide to the Magic for Kids, is also the co-editor of Celebrations Magazine, my topic for this week’s Disney-themed review.
As most of you, my readers, know, I work for a homeschool magazine, so I’m rather familiar with the magazine industry. When I got my hands on Celebrations, I was beyond impressed!
Here is what the Celebrations website has to say about their publication:
What is Celebrations? It’s the magazine that all Disney fans have been waiting for! Discover the magic of the Disney theme parks & resorts, relive the classic films, and celebrate the secrets, stories and history of the most magical place on Earth.
Inside Each Issue You’ll Find:
- The latest news from Disney
- Upcoming events at the parks and resorts
- Feature articles and exclusive interviews
- Great moments in Disney history
- Spotlight features highlighting attractions, resorts and beloved films past and present
- Hidden treasures and magical moments
- Fun & games, scavenger hunts, mystery photos, the Celebrations Kids Korner, and more!
Every issue will feature regular columns by many of your favorite authors and personalities including:
Tim Foster • Guide to the Magic
Lou Mongello • Walt Disney World Trivia/WDWRadio
Steve Barrett • Hidden Mickeys Guide
Tim Devine • The Magic in Pixels
Beci Mahnken • MEI & Mouse Fan Travel
Allison Jones • Destinations in Florida Travel
Now, let me tell you what I think sets this magazine apart . . .
- Upon first glance, you are greeted with a gorgeous cover. Not only is there a large Disney-themed photograph front and center, but the cover is made of very thick, sturdy paper (cardstock, really); so the magazine is going to hold up to lots and lots of reading.
- The pages inside, while not nearly as thick as the cover, are still a heavyweight, durable paper (much more so than many other magazines that I read). With the possible exception of 1-2 pages, every page in this 84-page publication contains high-color pictures that draw you in and exude the excitement that is Walt Disney World.
- This magazine is very light on advertisements (which I love!) The few ads that are included are for the magazine itself, and other Disney-related books and resources (such as Guide to the Magic and the Audio Guides to Walt Disney World by Lou Mongello of WDW Radio – I’ll be reviewing these in a future edition of Thursday Review).
- The editorials, written by Tim Foster and Lou Mongello, are perfect for setting the scene and introducing what you have to look forward to in each issue. Make sure you have lots of time to sit and read because once you start on the editorials, you’ll want to read a lot more!
- Letters from Readers include pictures that the readers send in. This makes the letters so much more personal!
- The Disney News section talks about those things that are new or coming soon at WDW. If you’re planning an upcoming trip to the world, this section will be extra interesting.
- The Mouse Views section contains the regular columns listed above. Subscribers will come to expect these columns in each issue and jump ahead to their favorites. My Gracie loves the Hidden Mickey column written by Steve Barrett, while Ashley is fascinated by the Shutters & Lenses column by Tim Devine. I’m pretty much intrigued by the whole thing!
- Each issue contains a Featured Film section – focusing on a Disney movie and detailing how it was made, etc. There is also a Featured Attraction section, and some issues contain a Featured Resort column as well.
- Rounding out the magazine is the Wayback Machine (which gives you a fun glimpse at WDW history), Wandering the World (which focuses on those off-the-beaten path things that you might otherwise miss), and the Kids Korner (if you don’t have children, though, no worries – even adults will have fun with the Disney-themed puzzles and facts in this section).
- The back covers are frame-worthy as they feature a Disney-themed picture and a quote from Walt Disney.
What’s not to love? I’m hooked and I’m definitely subscribing to this magazine. So, Happy Birthday to ME! The magazine costs $29.99 for a one year subscription, which includes 6 bi-monthly issues. You can also purchase back-issues on the website for $5.99 each (or buy all twelve available back issues for $72).