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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Great Gift For A Disney Fan!

If you're looking for a great gift to offer to anyone you love - including you! - my "Disneyland Paris, From Sketch to Reality" book with its 320 pages and 750 pictures - including 250 renderings from Walt Disney Imagineering - would be a GREAT gift for any Disney fan!

I still have copies of the book, and, as i am one of the two authors of the book, each copy will be sign specially for you or anyone you wish. Of course, don't forget to tell me the name to whom you wish i dedicate the book.

An important note before i go further: If you're not in a rush to get the book, choose the flat shipping option (also indicated below) which usually takes between 3 to 6 weeks delivery (depending if you're living in Europe or in the U.S) and is also much less expensive.

And now, here is a description of the book and everything you need to know to order one of the last signed copy of this beautiful book. Please note that NO re-printing of the book is scheduled, and these last available copies may be the REAL last one!


Price for one copy of the english updated edition is 87 Euros

About the shipping:

IF YOU'RE NOT IN A HURRY TO GET THE BOOK: Flat shipping (4-5 weeks delivery) is 15 euros.

IF YOU'RE IN A HURRY TO GET THE BOOK: Air-mail shipping (2 weeks delivery) is 38 Euros.

If you have a Paypal account you can proceed to the payment by paypal - paypal payment including your choice of shipping must be sent to the email adress:

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.

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

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


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 can be read at the bottom of this page where the article below was previously posted.

So, here is a little description of the book, now - See below some pictures of the book pages - click on each of them to see the photo-montage pictures in big size.

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!

Pictures: © Copyright Disney
Article used with permission. More details about this author and his website, you can visit it here:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Live Jan 19 @10:30am EST Disney Dream Christening Cermony

For hundreds of years it has been a maritime custom to name a godmother for a new ship. In the past, the godmother was either royalty or an accomplished military or political figure. More recently, godmothers have been actresses or celebrities and in the case of the Disney Wonder, Tinker Bell. A ship’s godmother blesses the vessel before its first official sailing.

© Disney

© Disney

The Christening Ceremony for the Disney Cruise Line fleet’s newest ship, the Disney Dream takes place this week. As is the custom, there will be an official godmother who will give the new ship her personal blessing.

Watch the Dream’s Fairy Godmothers and other VIP guests during the live webcast of the Christening Ceremony and cruise at beginning January 19 at 10:30AM EST.


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tweet Meet Votes Results Are In!

Hey Everybody!

It's been quite for awhile and I thought I would write an follow up to a voting poll that was asked the beginning of this month.

Tweet Meet Up: Would you be interested?

By the results showed that 17 people voted "Yes" and 6 people voted "No". (*Not all results are accurate due to 1% error margin.)

Q.) What does this all mean after we voted or not voted?

A.) That's a great question! From this, we got an idea and feel by our community/readers by having such possible event may happen. It means that we could have a possible event in the very near future.

Now, this doesn't mean all things are final. We have to find a great place to meet up, have an sign up form for those who are really coming for a head count, set up some great things to do at the meet up, etc...

If the first meeting goes well, we could do another meet up from the feedback we get from you guys.

We'll keep you posted if this is set in stone and finalized so that you can join in the fun!

Thanks to those who voted in our poll! We appreciate the feedback and looking forward in the near future doing a possible tweet meet up!

Until Then,



Thursday, January 6, 2011

Beta News Update! 1/6/2011

Update Version: 1/6/2011

Hey Everybody!

Just to give a heads up to those who are wondering about anything in relating to "Beta Testing".

I'll answer the top questions that I've received via email and on our forums: (**These questions will be added to our "Beta Testing FAQ" page on this blog.)


Q.) Has there been any news about when they are going to start up?

A.) No, there hasn't been any words of when we'll be starting our testings yet. It will be starting once the 'Themagical / Staff' feels that the simulation is 'beta-quality' standards before any internal/external public testing starts.

Q.) Have they release the first beta testers group to test the latest simulation build?

A.) No, none of the testing has started yet. If you are part of the group list, you'll be getting an email when it will be starting and as well we'll notify via the website/twitter/blog when we'll start it up. Trust me, you'll won't want to miss this event once we announce it to the public! :D ;)

Q.) Is there going to be a 'Wii' version simulation so I can test it on my Wii system?

A.) There hasn't been any word from on releasing it online so that Wii players will be able to play on the simulation. Once we get an official word, we'll let you know.

Q.) Do I have to download the simulation on my Wii system so I can play it at future use?

A.) No, you don't have to download the simulation. The *flash game will load onto the web-page and NOT your SYSTEM. That's the only time it will "load" onto the website page to view it. (*Please note, this is still in the works and may or may not be available on beta-ready or final release.)


Thank you for your questions! We appreciate your concern and eager to try out our simulation project that we are doing with!

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.


Until Next Time!


Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year: 2011


Dear Themagical friends and visitors!

I would like to wish you all the best 2011 can bring, happiness, good luck, love and much more. And a great theme park year with a lot of new attractions to come

Please take care when you have fireworks for this night, keep everything at the right place

See you in 2011!

Tijn & Themagical Team