dimanche 29 avril 2012

Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality Book English Updated Edition !

The acclaimed Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality 320 pages book is no longer available from the publishing company Neverland Editions which has stopped its activities. Anyone looking for an English or French edition copy must send me an email at nme4@wanadoo.fr and i'll tell you where or how to find one. The price of the book will now probably skyrocket on eBay or Amazon by others sellers as soon as they'll know that Neverland Editions has closed.

Important: Do NOT use the previous Paypal button posted here to order the book as we'll do systematically a refund to you. Do NOT also send an email to neverlandeditions@gmail.com to order the book as the company will NOT take any new orders, thanks!

Although you've probably heard about this beautiful book, many of you may have never seen a copy of it. So we've done a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book! The book includes 750 pictures of the park, including 250 gorgeous renderings of Walt Disney Imagineering and stunning pictures of the park seen from above. The book is so big that it took us seven and a half minutes to show you the full book, and that's without stopping turning each pages! So, if you want to have a closer look at a page don't hesitate to stop the video!

Description of the book:

The book is a gorgeous "coffee table book" with 320 pages and 750 pictures - of which 500 are park and attractions photos and 250 are Walt Disney Imagineering renderings!

The size is 9 x 12 inches, all pages are in color and it's hardbound with a glossy dust jacket. The text (by Disney historian Didier Ghez), was written after more than 75 interviews he conducted with all the Imagineers who created the park. He goes into just about everything you wanted to know about this unique place that many describe as the best "Magic Kingdom" ever created by WDI.

It took five years to create the book, but it was worth all the time we spent on it, and the book looks just as good as we had hoped for at the beginning - in fact Imagineer Bruce Gordon told us that it was "probably the best book ever done on a Disney theme park". Coming from Bruce who did with David Mumford the great "Disneyland, The Nickel Tour" book, it was more than a compliment.

The first chapter about Main Street has 52 pages and introduces the reader to the "legend" of Main Street, USA. You'll learn all about the Disneyland Paris Railroad, the unique "Discovery" and "Liberty" Arcades; find out about the architecture, the restaurants (like "Walt's," a tribute to Walt Disney, but also inspired by Club 33 in Anaheim) and the shops; with dozens of photos, renderings, models, and reproduced for the first time here, all the "cities of the future" posters located in "Discovery Arcade."

The second chapter on Frontierland discusses the park's western side with extensive sections about its major attractions, "Big Thunder Mountain" and "Phantom Manor." In fact the book has the longest sections ever put together in a book on all the major attractions. The Pirates of Caribbean section in the Adventureland chapter is 26 pages, Phantom Manor has 16 pages devoted to it, as does Space Mountain, it's a small world, etc. The photo material was so great that we kept adding more pages to the book, which was supposed to have only 240 pages when we started... we ended up with 320 upon completion!

The Frontierland chapter also covers the Mark Twain, the River Rogue Keelboats, Fort Comstock, all the restaurants, the shops and Cottonwood Creek Ranch.and featuring stunning photos of Disneyland Paris from the air by Yann Arthus Bertrand, author of The Earth from Above that make spectacular "double-pages," and allow the reader to discover the park from a whole different angle.

The Adventureland chapter is even more interesting, as many elements of the land exist only in Paris - such as the Bazaar and Aladdin to Africa and the ex-"Explorer's Club." Plus there's a long section about "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril," "Adventure Isle" and "The Swiss Robinson Treehouse" and, of course, "Pirates of Caribbean" the land's major attraction and featuring its amazing Audio-Animatronics! All in all there are 56 full pages about Adventureland, and as in the previous chapters, there are dozens of photos, lots of concept art, and many shots of Imagineers at work. There's even a great bonus here, with the Marc Davis artwork for "Pirates" also included.

56 full pages are also dedicated to Fantasyland. There's an extensive look at Sleeping Beauty Castle, sections on all the dark rides (Snow White, Peter Pan and Pinocchio), as well as a look at "Alice's Curious Labyrinth," the "Mad Hatter's Tea Cups," "Storybookland," and "Casey Jr." There are even 14 pages about "it's a small world" with stunning photos of nearly all the scenes in it. Here the reader can discover a new attraction that exists only at Disneyland Paris, with a great view from above of Alice's Labyrinth.

Discoveryland also gets 52 pages of special treatment, with sections on the Visionarium, the Nautilus, Star Tours, Space Mountain, and everything you wanted to know about the other attractions in this land – Autopia and Orbitron. In fact the Nautilus chapter takes you on a visit with photos of every room of this detailed walk-through and two double page photo spreads, one which makes you feel you're inside Captain Nemo's grand salon, and the other showing you a unique view of Discoveyland featuring the Nautilus and Space Mountain in a kind of "CinemaScope" view.

When the book was released in early 2002, the Walt Disney Studios didn't exist, so you won't see them in the book. But there's still one last chapter about the hotels of the park, and Disney Village too, with the great Buffalo Bill Wild West show that entertains hundreds each evening.

And because every day in a Magic Kingdom should end with a parade and fireworks, we have the Main Street Electrical Parade that close the book, with also an Herb Ryman gorgeous painting in the very last pages!

Pictures: copyright Disney

Video: copyright Alain Littaye 2012

18 commentaires:

  1. Robert /Cologne4/5/12

    A MUST BUY....

    Better than everything Disney has ever made .

    The Best book on DLP to date.

    A fantastic Xmas gift

  2. SteveK4/5/12

    For those of you that don't have this book, you must get it if you have any interest in Disney Parks (which I imagine most of you do since you come to this site). By far the best book on Disneyland Paris and easily one of the top 2 or 3 books on any Disney Park...the others being The Nickel Tour and Disneyland: The Inside Story.

  3. SteveK6/5/12

    For those of you that don't have this book, you must get it if you have any interest in Disney Parks (which I imagine most of you do since you come to this site). By far the best book on Disneyland Paris and easily one of the top 2 or 3 books on any Disney Park...the others being The Nickel Tour and Disneyland: The Inside Story.

  4. Glenn6/5/12

    I agree, I recommend anyone who likes Disney and its parks to buy this book. It's well worth the money!

  5. Abigail29/5/12

    If you like Disney I recommend you to buy this book. Everything about DLP is in it. It's an absolute MUST HAVE for your collection

  6. Michael C29/5/12

    Last year I was really kicking myself that I hadn't bought this book when I had the chance. It was almost impossible to get anywhere and if you found a second hand one it was vastly over priced.
    It was simple; if you were anything more than a passive visitor to Disneyland Paris it was the only book to have.
    The Disney parks work, and are loved, because of Disney's attention to detail. What makes this book work? Simple, attention to detail. Love the park? Love this book!
    Alain, Didier, thank you.

  7. Guy F29/5/12

    You only have to like Disneyland to love this book. It's absolutely gorgeous! I just got the book a few days ago (the packaging was great, and the shipping really fast), and I already spent hours and hours reading the book and looking at the beautiful photographs. If you're not sure whether you should buy the book or not; please do it! You won't regret it, I promise!

  8. Anonyme29/5/12

    Truly the Best Disneyland-Book I ever buyed - and I think I have a lot.
    Thank You so much for this great work. If You like Disney I recommend You
    to by this book. If You love Disneyland Paris it´s a must have.
    It´s more worth than the money.

  9. Walter M.30/5/12

    The pictures and video in this article just portrait a very tiny bit of the beauty this book treasures inside: the detail of the printing is fabulous, the quality of the paper is excellent and the lithographs are a nice addition to this already perfect documentation of Disneyland Resort Paris.

  10. Best book of disneyland i've ever see, don't miss it.

  11. Anonyme31/5/12


    Just wanted to drop you a note that I received my Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality yesterday. WOW!! WOW!! This is an amazing book, and I proudly add it to my Disney collection. The book alone is beautiful, but the pictures, the writing. Love it!

  12. Hello Alain,
    I recieved my book today and its far better than I ever expected. I've already read through page 100, and I can't wait to finish the rest. Thank you so much for releasing the book again. It makes the perfect new addition to my collection of Disney park books and videos. As an aspiring Imagnineer, getting a behind the scenes perspective of how the magic is made is the ultimate treat. It helps me gain a greater appreciation for what the Imagineers do. I look forward to any future releases you may also have and of course the next update to disneyandmore. Thanks again and much admiration.

  13. Pascale4/6/12

    A High Quality and magical Book that brings all your Disneyland Paris memories back to life!!

  14. Anonyme5/6/12

    I got mine last week! It's amazing! And it arrived super quick! A definite must have for any Disneyland Paris fan!! :D


  15. Anonyme5/6/12

    A wonderful and beautiful book. Even for us as experienced Disneyland Paris travellers and big fans the book revealed secrets, we didn't know of or missed. After searching for several years we now are the proud owners of this book. Thanks Alain and Didier for republishing!!


  16. Anonyme6/6/12

    We received our book on Friday, May 18, which means the shipping was really fast.

    The book was very well packed and in super condition. The book is indeed of very good quality and we are very happy to have in our possession one of the special editions of the Disneyland Paris book.

    Alain has put a lot of time and effort in re-editing this wonderful book and has done an excellent job. The Neverland edition is superb.

    The communication during this whole process was very good as well.

    Thanks again.

  17. Anonyme27/8/12

    Ricevuto il libro: assolutamente meraviglioso e stampato alla perfezione.
    Uno dei libri piu' belli su Disneyland.
    Grazie lo cercavo da tempo!

  18. HANSEN28/4/16

    A par que le livre est vraiment une PERLE pour tout fan ou tout passionné de Disneyland Paris ,que l'envoie est vraiment super (le colis est très bien emballé !)et que l'équipe et super agréable et répond très vite au mails .