Monday, July 13, 2015

Rare Pictures of Disneyland Paris Creation

Today, July 14, is the national day in France - like July 4 in the U.S - and in celebration i've got something great for you! I've found in a very rare 1989 DLP stockholder report ( yes, 1989 as DLP stock was introduced years before park opening in 1992 ) rare pictures of the making of the park that for the most you've probably never seen before. I've found as well rare renderings that i will post soon on D&M in another article.

So let's start by the beginning, an when you create a theme park you must do artwork and models first ! On the picture above, Bob Fitzpatrick, first DLP CEO is here with WDI Imagineers and DLP early model - enlarge the picture to see the difference with the reality now, specially with the entrance and Disneyland Hotel.

Below, two WDI Imagineers working on DLP Discoveryland model.

A rare picture of Imagineer and Discoveryland show-producer Tim Delaney ( front ) with two others WDI Imagineers working on the design of Discoveryland. Note the rare artwork of an early concept of Discovery Mountain, on the wall in the background.

On this next picture, the Alice Curious Labyrinth model.

Painter and WDI Imagineer John Horny painting a new artwork for DLP Frontierland Thunder Mesa.

A fantastic artwork showing Disneyland Paris Resort in its final concept. Definitely click on it to see it in big size.

Another great artwork showing DLP hotels around the lake.

A picture of DLP WDI model in its final design; Note how Autopia is not include in the model, neither Star Tours and the Captain EO Theater.

When you've finished the design you need a master plan too before starting to build a theme park and this one below will show you how it was envisioned back in 1989, including the areas for future plans as they were envisioned at that time. Click on it to see it in big size.

And now it was time to build the park! Here is a rare picture showing the land on which Disneyland Paris is now before anything was built.

A rare aerial color picture showing the construction of Disneyland Paris at the very beginning. You already can guess the different lands.

Another great aerial picture showing the construction of Big Thunder Mountain and Thunder Mesa.

A second shot showing the construction of Big Thunder and Phantom Manor.

A great aerial picture showing the construction of Adventureland Adventure Isle.

This final picture shows the construction of Main Street U.S.A at a time DLP Castle was completed.

If you've loved the article i remind you that you'll find plenty of DLP WDI original artwork - 250 exactly - as well as models or construction pictures in the great Disneyland Paris book. And, good news, as from July 6 to August 15 i'm doing a Special Summer Offer on the Disneyland Paris book and it's the best offer ever! Not only you can order a book copy in its english or french edition at 60€ ( + 15€ shipping worldwide ) but for the first time you can have a signed copy for the same price, 60€ instead of 90€ which was the regular price for a signed copy. The copy will be signed by me at your name or another name of your choice if you wish to offer the book to anyone you love. 

You can order the book easily by sending me an email at:

As the Euro is literally crashing since months it also mean that the book is now at its best price ever for our American friends as 60€ currently equals $68 only! It really is the best time ever to order the book as you save money thanks to the special offer AND you save money too thanks to the Euro / $US change rate!

To order your copy with this special offer just send me an email at:  and specify if you want an english or french edition.

Paypal, bank transfer or credit card payment are accepted.

Don't miss this special offer, and a GREAT surprise gift also comes in addition for all buyers!

You can learn more about the book HERE but do NOT use the Paypal button on this link as they are coded with the regular price. You can use the Paypal button BELOW ( prices on the Paypal button include shipping ) or send the 75€ directly from your Paypal account at:

Disneyland Paris From Sketch to Reality - Include shipping
Note that if you choose to order 2 or 3 copies with the Paypal button above the quantity might no appear on the Paypal page, but don't worry i will know the quantities of your order.

You can also watch a video showing the whole book here below!

Pictures: copyright Disney

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