Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Disneyland Paris Book "From Sketch to Reality" is Back, and in the Limited Collector's Edition !

Important Note: For the french version of this article click HERE. Pour la version française de cet article cliquez ICI.
Please note that copies in english of french edition are always available. As long as this message stays here it means that copies are available, so you can place your order directly. For those of you who have never seen a copy of the book you'll find below a video presentation of the full book which will show you each of the 320 pages of the book.

So, I have a great news for all of you who are looking desperately to find a copy of the acclaimed "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality" book, out of stock since more than a year. The book is now reprinted and will be available for shipping on May 7 ! - the book has been republished in its very rare collector's edition, the one impossible to find since eight years, so rare that it is sold on Amazon Market Place or eBay for prices between 500 and 1300 U.S $ !

Thanks to read all the lines below to well understand how to order a copy of this limited collector's edition of the book.

First, a few words to explain you how this re-publishing is happening. As you know the book was impossible to find whether it was in the park or anywhere else at a reasonable price, and obviously the publisher who had the rights wasn't planning to reprint the book. As this publisher wanted to sell the rights after long negotiations i've succeeded to find him someone interested by republishing the book. A new publishing company has been specially created for this and is called Neverland Editions.

In my talks with the new publisher he asked me if, at the first printing, the book had different editions. I told him that we did a collector's edition, and when i looked back in my 2002 files - the year the book was first published - i realized that at that time we've printed only 550 copies of the french collector's edition and 1270 copies of the english collector's edition. This collector's edition being limited at 2000 copies in french and 2000 in english there is still 1450 copies in french and 730 copies in english which are allowed to be reprint and commercialized. These are the one which will be reprint and only these collector's edition will be reprint, not the "regular" edition.

For those of you who don't know what is the collector's edition here is more details: the collector's edition is printed on a luxury glossy paper, it has a gold printing on the cover and dust jacket, is limited at 2000 copies in english ( and 2000 in french ), each copy has a number, AND each copy include four beautiful "lithographs" of WDI artwork for the Walt Disney Studios. Each of these lithographs can be put under frame. Also, the contents of the book will be exactly the same than the first collector's copies printed ten years ago.

The book is now printed and will be released or shipped late April 2012 when we will receive the bounded copies from the printer and of course we will let know everyone when the books will be shipped. Please note that the book will NOT be sold at Disneyland Paris. The merchandise department, for reasons which are difficult to understand has decided to don't order copies of the book. We'll be happy if there is any changes but apparently the merchandise products plan for 2012 is now finalized and it's too late to change it.

Here is how to do to order the book:

So, how to pre-order a copy of this collector's edition? First, send an email at: ( with as subject: "dlp book order" ) to let us know that you want to pre-order a copy, how many copies you want, in which language ( english or french edition? ) , and your shipping address. Please also note that a pre-order needs to be paid to be consider as an order.

To celebrate DLP 20th Anniversary - and Disney and more 5th Anniversary! - during all the month of April the book price is at its previous pre-order price of 100 euros plus 10 euros only for shipping to France and 15 euros for a shipping if you live in foreign countries all over the world.

How to proceed for your payment: We prefer a Paypal payment. Paypal is a very safe way to pay without giving your credit card number. For a payment with Paypal the total amount must be sent through Paypal at the email adress:

NEW! You can now order the book directly from this page and proceed to the payment with Paypal by clicking on the "Buy it Now" Paypal button below! Don't forget to let us know your shipping address and to confirm your order and payment AND to say if you want the book in english or french edition by sending us an email at:

If you don't have a Paypal account: either you know someone who have one and through which you can send the payment, or you can pay with a bank wire transfer ( no foreign checks, sorry ). If you want to do a wire transfer please let us know in your email and we will send you the bank infos.

Thanks to all of you, and below you'll find a description of the book as well as visuals of the inside pages ( click on the mosaic pictures to see them in larger scale ).

Edited April 1st: We've just received two sample final bounded copies from the printer! The printer has sent them to me for final approval before the shipping which will be next week and we expect an arrival of all the copies in Europe as scheduled at the very end of April. And they did an incredible job, the printing and binding is just perfect! I did a video to show you the final product, exactly the same one than you will receive if you order the book, and you can watch the video below!

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. Finally, because we didn't had any more a collector edition copy the video is showing the regular edition of the book, not the collector's edition that you will receive if you place your order, but the inside pages are exactly the same.

Alain Littaye

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!

Order the book directly from this page and proceed to the payment with Paypal by clicking on the "Buy it Now" Paypal button below! Don't forget to let us know your shipping address and to confirm your order and payment AND to say if you want the book in english or french edition by sending us an email at:

Pictures: copyright Disney

Video: copyright Alain Littaye 2012


Glstitch Productions said...

Can you buy the collectors item also at Disneyland Paris starting April 2012 ?

Alain Littaye said...

No, you won't be able. As i said in the article the merchandise dept of DLP, so far, is not ordering the book.

Ilari Sani said...

Well, I've ordered my copy. I'm a little disappointed the book won't be available at the park – it's exactly the kind of high-end merchandise I'd pay for when visiting.

Robert /Cologne said...


Better than everything Disney has ever made .

The Best book on DLP to date.

A fantastic Xmas gift

Glenn said...

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

Also Alain, I got a question for you; is there any news about the Disneyland attraction posters book you talked about last year?

Alain Littaye said...

Glenn, the attraction posters book is a book project done by Disney Publishing. My guess is that it should be published by them sometime next year.

SteveK said...

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.

Anonymous said...

was wondering. i already have thefirst edition of this book. what will be different in this new version.

Marco Antonio Garcia said...

This is the best Disney book I own, and I strongly recommend it to everyone.

By the way, and I don't know if you want to answer it, but are you working on a new Disney parks book Alain? I think that everyone who knows your first book is anxious for a new one!

ArchtMig said...

Do you have plans to publish an updated version some time in the future that will cover changes/additions to the park since 2002 plus also Disney Studios Paris park?

Alain Littaye said...

To Anonymous: Please look at the text where it is indicated what the collector's edition have more than the regular one.

To ArchtMig: Although we would be pleased to add a new chapter about the WDS, for reasons too long to explain here, no, there is no plans to add a WDS chapter in the book in the near future.

Anonymous said...


Thank you so much for this.

Is it true that initially there were two versions of this book? Now, I do not mean collector's versus regular. I mean, I thought at one point, you updated the Discoveryland section to include the new Space Mountain, etc. If this is true, which of those two versions are you offering here? The one with the original Discoveryland text? Or the one with the updated Discoveryland text?

Alain Littaye said...

The one offer here is exactly the same version than the original edition published in 2002, i.e not the one with the changes on Space Mountain. However only six pages had changes in this little update we did some years ago, so it was a very small update. We keep the original edition for this new printing of the collector's edition because i sincerely think that the first edition was better.

rik said...

How many books are already ordered ?

Anonymous said...

How much is it for us U.S. folks?

Alain Littaye said...

The price of a collector's edition copy of the book is the same for everyone, wherever you live, and it is 100 euros but if you live in the U.S (or any other country except France) the shipping is 15 euros.
So if you live in the U.S the total price including shipping is 115 euros.

tchuhn said...

Are there any plans on releasing this book as a regular edition (not the collector's edition) so it would be more affordable?

John R said...

I have just discovered this offer and was wondering if there are still any of the English versions available for pre-order? I don't want to have to submit payment just to find that it is sold out.

Alain Littaye said...

John, yes, english copies are definitely still available, so you can place your order.

Valjean said...

can i buy the book or is it sold out?

Valjean said...

Can i buy the book or it is sold out?

Alain Littaye said...

To Valjean: Yes, you can still order the book as it is not sold out.

Kate said...

Are there still English copies of the book available to order?

Alain Littaye said...

Yes, Kate, copies in english of french edition are always available. And, as it is said as the beginning of the article, "as long as this message stays here it means that copies are available". So you can place your order if you wish, thanks!

Stefanie said...

Yay! Just sent an e-mail to order the book. I've been waiting so long for this moment! Happy day!

KS said...


I'm iteresting in ordering an Engligh copy but am a bit confused of the correct cost.

The article says if I order during April, the price is 100 euros plus 15 euros for shipping outside of France.

But underneath that, it says the Paypal payment should be 120 euros with free shipping.

Do I need to send 115 euros or 120 euros?

Alain Littaye said...

Oooops, you're right! I am going to change that mistake in the text, but so far the total amount to be send if you don't live in France is indeed 115 euros.

Anonymous said...


I'm interesting in ordering an English version of the book. I just wanted to ask if those are
still available. Are they?

The book looks like a great source of inspiration to me.

Alain Littaye said...

Yes, at the time i post this - July 10 - the english edition of the book is still available so you can place your order.

Anonymous said...

Are there still english versions available?
Thanks in advance!

Alain Littaye said...

Yes, there is still english copies available. But don't wait too long to place your order!

Adri said...

Is the english version still available?

So, if I buy via PayPal, is there any option to choose the language I want?


Alain Littaye said...

Yes, Adri, the english version is still available ( the french one, too ) . Now, when you'll buy it directly with Paypal you won't have to choose what language you want. But right after you did the paypal you must send me an email at: and tell me which language you want, english or french. Very easy, don't worry, it will work fine.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, is there an English copy of this book still available to buy? And is there any chance it could be sent to the UK by December 22nd? Thank you.

Alain Littaye said...

Yes, there is books in stock so you can order it, and to have it for December 22 in the U.K the best would be a priority shipping instead than the economy shipping which we generally use. The priority shipping will cost you 30 euros instead of 15€ and you need to send me an email as quick as possible to place your order at:

Anonymous said...

Do you still sell it?

Alain Littaye said...

Yes, there is books in stock so you can order it if you wish.

Unknown said...

Good afternoon

Is 'From Sketch to Reality' still available in English ?

What is included and how much does it cost including shipping to the UK?



Alain Littaye said...

Yes, the english updated edition is till available. Price is 60€ + 22€ of shipping to the U.K . You can send directly the 82€ by Paypal to and then don't forget to send me the name and shipping address by email to the same email address. If you need more infos please send me an email too. Thanks!