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    Laaaast call for the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book , signed edition !



    A lot of MiceChat and MiceAge readers have been asking me about my book, Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality and if it is still available. Here is a guide to the book and everything you need to know if you would like to know what the book is about or perhaps want to order one of the last remaining signed copy of this beautiful book. Please note that NO re-printing of the book is scheduled, and these last few copies may be the last ones ever available!

    The book has sold at Disneyland Paris park for many years, but it is now virtually impossible to find a copy of the English edition of the book. So, if you don't have it yet and don't want to miss this 320 pages and 750 pictures book - including 250 renderings from Walt Disney Imagineering, I'm afraid to say that it's may be now or never. As one of the two authors of the book, I will personally be delighted to sign EACH copy with a special dedication to you or anyone you wish if your purchase of the book is for a gift. Want to hear more about what's in the book? Keep reading below.

    Larger versions of some of the pictures below are available at the links below:

    Disney and more: Laaaast call for the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book , signed edition !

    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 an Herb Ryman gorgeous painting.




    I HAVE FEW COPIES OF THE ENGLISH EDITION. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE ENGLISH EDITION OF THE BOOK WITH THE TEXT IN ENGLISH:

    Price for one copy of the english updated edition is 87 Euros + 15 Euros for shipping.

    If you have a Paypal account you can proceed to the payment by paypal - paypal payment must be sent to the email adress: [email protected]

    Important: Note that the price is in Euros, not in U.S $, so you have to choose the "euro" currency when you do the paypal payment.

    I HAVE ALSO COPIES OF THE FRENCH EDITION. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR THE FRENCH EDITION OF THE BOOK - WITH THE TEXT IN FRENCH:

    Price for one copy of the english updated edition is 87 Euros + 15 Euros for shipping.

    If you have a Paypal account you can proceed to the payment by paypal - paypal payment must be sent to the email adress: [email protected]

    Important: Note that the price is in Euros, not in U.S $, so you have to choose the "euro" currency when you do the paypal payment.

    Please confirm me your purchase of the book and payment with an email at: [email protected]

    And, of course, thanks to confirm me your order and payment AND the shipping adress by email at the email adress: [email protected]

    If you don't have a Paypal account, a bank wire transfert is possible, just let me know.

    As i am the one who designed the book, i'm not really at the good place to send compliments about it, but if you are a reader who already own the book, please leave a comment at the end of the article to let other readers know what you think about it.

    Previous comments from readers who own already the book can be read on this page:

    Disney and more: Laaaast call for the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book , signed edition !

    IF you are a Mice Chat reader who ALREADY own the book , thanks let the other readers know what you think about it below!

    Photos: copyright Disney

    Thank you for reading!
    Last edited by loaloa55; 06-26-2009 at 02:51 PM.

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    Re: Laaaast call for the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book , signed editio

    Fishbulb bought me this book for Christmas last year. It is my favorite Imagineering book. Every page is filled with photos, some of which is Imagineering concept art!

    I recorded a little video from my phone so you can get an idea of the size of this book, the rich colors, and the hundreds of pictures!

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sedbFxKfmdo"]YouTube - Disneyland Paris from Sketch to Reality[/ame]

    If you have a Disney fan in your life, pick up this book for them before the last few copies are gone forever.

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    Re: Laaaast call for the Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality book , signed editio

    I've had the pleasure of owning this book and of meeting Mr. Littaye in person, and I would recommend it fully to any fans of the Paris resort. If you cant make it to France this is probably the next best thing.













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