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Magic Kingdom Guides

Hi Everyone - My name is Deb and I collect Disney ephemera. In other words, I have boxes and boxes of old Disney pamphlets, maps, guidebooks, old tickets, advertising sleeves, Eyes and Ears, press kits and who knows what else!

Some of my friends call me obsessed -- with Disney, with collecting... but I just smile, knowing I am not alone!


My good friend and AllEars® colleague Jack Marshall collects Disney Tickets! In fact, he has developed a very comprehensive guide to Walt Disney World Ticket History!

So what exactly is Ephemera? According to Wikipedia: Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved. In other words, what I collect!

I don't profess to be an expert on Disney Ephemera, far from it! But, I am a collector and have decided I will periodically share with you some of my "collection". And, why do I collect all these items? Well, I like to think of myself as a Walt Disney World history buff. I want to learn all I can about the theme parks and ephemera is a great way to "Step Back in Time".


These are Magic Kingdom guides from the 70's and early 80's. One interesting thing is that the 1976 and 1977 ones are compliments of the GAF Corporation, while the others are compliments of Polaroid.

In my next blog, I'll share with you some of the details and why I really liked these guides!

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Comments (5)

Your pics are great!! I love collecting Disney ephemera too! I have a menu from The Liberty Tavern circa 1997 that I was going to send you at the time for your website. You were collecting menus and posting them. When I got home I saw that you had one so I kept it and added it to my collection.
I enjoy looking back at the old maps, guidebooks, postcards, menus, playbills and tickets comparing them to what's happening today.

Sara Grover:

I also have "Stuff" from Previous visits, Including the origional Polly Bill for just $478.. for 7 nites. The rate for the room was $46.00 per nite, 2 adults and 2 kids. WOW, sure has changed Hubby says I collect 2 much junk, but I call it my memmories. I'll be there again this year for the July 4th Fireworks, Only I live here in Fla now, No hotel!


You are definitely not alone! Collecting Disney maps and such has become a family affair for us--when I was younger we used to visit WDW every February when we visited my grandparents and my father would bring home several copies of the maps from that year. While he would always keep a copy for us he would give a set to anyone we knew that was going to help them plan under the condition they brought him back a set in return :) though I always include a copy in my scrapbooks I like to keep a copy of each that are still in their "true" form. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your collection!

Ray Sharpton:

Deb, I love your photos of all of those MK Guidemaps and the WDW Magic Key Book for Juniors for only $4.25. Was this yours when you were a kid? Ray :)

DEB: Hi Ray, I have gotten most of my maps from ebay or friends who didn't want them any longer. The one thing I did save from my early trips in the 70s were my tickets! I must have 20 or 30 A Tickets LOL I was out of high school the first time I went to WDW.

Heather Macdonald:

Oh I have some of this too! I have a bumper sticker from the opening of Epcot that says "we can do it" and some other finds!

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