1992 Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map

One of the most treasured items of my Disneyana collection must be the 1992 Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map, which is hanging, nicely framed, on the wall of my study. With a size of 113 x 75 cm (44.5″ x 29.5″) this map is quite large and I remember it wasn’t very easy to find a frame large enough for it.

I do love this map. I love to study it and no matter how often I look at it I still discover something new each time, something I have never seen before (isn’t it like that with any good Disney attraction?).

The map is beautifully drawn and coloured and it is packed with so many intricate details that it is a real treasure trove of information about the Euro Disneyland park of 1992 and its’ then-conceived future.

This map was sold as souvenir in the early years at Euro Disneyland and it is not so easy to be found nowadays, so I thought it would be a really nice gift to all the Disneyland Paris enthusiasts out there – and also the first real Disneyland Paris Treasure of this blog – to give you this rare and beautiful piece of Disneyland Paris history in digitalised glorious high definition! This way you too can check out all these little details that I’m talking about. See for yourselves:

1992 Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map, by Sam McKim

1992 Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map, by Sam McKim

Please click the image as it will then open in a new browser tab, allowing you to explore the map in full, high-resolution detail, because no matter how high your screen’s resolution is, this image will not fit without being scaled and you WILL have to zoom to get to the full resolution and to see all the details! This image is 10.000 x 6.622 px, which equals 66 megapixels (or approx. 225dpi at its original size).

To get a scan of this huge map in such an amazing quality I had to find a professional scanning service that does large format colour scans (most large format scanners only scan black-and-white, for blueprints), which was not easy but certainly worth it, just look at the quality of the scan!

Of course, you might prefer to download this map instead, to use it as desktop wallpaper or at this resolution you could even print it in its original size and it will look perfect. To download this beautiful map in full 66 megapixels glory head down to the Treasure Chest at the end of this article!

As mentioned above, most of these maps were sold as souvenirs in the early years at Euro Disneyland for a very affordable price of 20 French Francs (about 3 Euro). They were sold folded, so they could be safely stored and transported despite the hustle and bustle of a busy day in the park.

Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map - folded + wrapped

Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map – folded & wrapped

But a rare few of these maps were not sold but instead given as a gift to Disney Cast Members, and only these few maps were not folded but were rolled instead! As you can imagine the folded maps have strong creases and they are very hard to scan and the creases will always show up in the digitalised image and are almost impossible to remove. So when one lucky day I managed to get my hands on one of these rare rolled editions of this map, I knew right away that I had the obligation to have this piece of art and of Euro Disneyland history scanned and digitalised and by that preserved for history and for all the enthusiastic fans like me out there.

This Euro Disneyland Souvenir map is also a perfect example for a point that I’ll be trying to make with many of my future posts in this blog, the point being that the Imagineers intended Euro Disneyland to be the ultimate tribute to Walt Disney’s original Disneyland.

The original Disneyland Souvenir Map

This map is not just a beautiful piece of art, it is in fact homage to the original Disneyland Souvenir Maps, large format, poster size maps which were issued between 1958 and 1964 and sold at Disneyland. Even today, these fascinating maps remain among the most sought-after pieces of Disney memorabilia.

1962 Disneyland Souvenir Map, by Sam McKim

1962 Disneyland Souvenir Map, by Sam McKim

As you can see there is a striking resemblance to “our” map. Of all the other Magic Kingdoms out there only Euro Disneyland has had the honour of receiving such a souvenir map by Sam McKim.

When Euro Disney was developed, Tony Baxter, lead designer of the Euro Disneyland project, asked the artist who created the original 1958 Disneyland Souvenir Map to come out of retirement to draw one more map à la old Disneyland style, his friend and legendary Disney Imagineer Sam McKim.

Sam McKim – The Detail Guy

 Sam McKim at the Walt Disney Studios, circa 1961

Sam McKim at the Walt Disney Studios, circa 1961

The Euro Disneyland souvenir map was created by legendary Disney Imagineer Sam McKim, who – although being one of Walt’s original Disneyland designers, being concept artist for all four Disney attractions at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair and although being art director and production artist on many Disney live-action movies – to this day probably is most famous to the Disney fan community as the creator of the first Disneyland souvenir map.

Roy E. Disney once called Sam “a master of detail”. It was this love to detail that made him the perfect choice for these maps. Marty Sklar said “Sam’s attention to the tiniest details in his paintings was really extraordinary”.

While working on the map for Euro Disneyland, Sam McKim had a heart attack. Knowing that he couldn’t complete the map in time for the opening, he suggested Tony Baxter to ask someone else to do the map. Tony refused this offer, preferring to wait until Sam could complete it. Sam managed to finish it only three weeks after the opening of Euro Disneyland.

Sam McKim Main Street Window, Disneyland

Sam McKim Main Street Window, Disneyland

In 1996, at the Disney Studios in Burbank, California, Sam McKim was initiated into the select group of individuals designated as Disney Legends and given a special trophy.

In 2006, two years after he passed away at the age of 79, he was honoured with a window on Main Street at Disneyland, California. The fitting inscription reads Cartography Masterworks – Sam McKim – Map Maker to the Kingdom – There’s Magic in the Details”

“Attraction Future”, just around the corner…

Sam produced six different editions of the original Disneyland map. The first (and rarest), produced in 1958, was available for less than a year. It included such long-gone but fondly remembered attractions as the Frontierland Stagecoaches and the Viewliner Train of Tomorrow. But the expansion of Tomorrowland in 1959 led to a quick revision of the original map to include the Matterhorn and the Monorail.

For the Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map there was just one second edition, which was issued in 1994. Most of the changes in this update were subtle, only the exchange of the “Euro Disneyland” signet with one showing “Disneyland Paris” as the new name of the park, a new Mickey Mouse compass (featuring Sorcerer Mickey instead of Tuxedo Mickey) and the replacement of two of the characters in the map border (Winnie the Pooh and Tigger were replaced with Simba and Aladdin) are visible right away. The colour of the map’s border did not change though, like it always did with updates of the original Disneyland map (the border of the 1958 map was orange, the 1961 border was pink, the 1962 border was blue, the 1964 border was green).

1994 Souvenir Map, Plaza East Boutique

1994 Souvenir Map, Plaza East Boutique

You can find this updated 1994 edition of the map on the walls of three boutiques in Disneyland Park: Plaza East Boutique, Plaza West Boutique and Storybook Store. All three maps are nicely framed (folded versions with creases though), but the maps sadly are in bad condition.

As you probably noticed already the version I own and scanned for you is the original 1992 edition.

In the 1950s Walt Disney had such confidence in his new park that he had future attractions and “lands” included in these souvenir maps as if they were just around the corner. Even the Haunted Mansion was already featured on the very first 1958 map (named “Haunted House”), but it was shown in Frontierland, not New Orleans Square (which did not yet exist). The actual construction of the Haunted Mansion began not before 1962 and it finally opened in 1969!

Haunted Mansion on 1958 Map

The Haunted Mansion on the original 1958 Map

Sometimes the original Disneyland maps featured attractions and even entire “lands” that never were built. The first map included Edison Square, a turn-of-the-century celebration of electricity and Liberty Street, a Colonial-themed area honouring the historical heritage of the US. Edison Square and Liberty Street were never constructed, at least not at Disneyland (Liberty Street became Liberty Square in The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World).

"Attraction Future" - Indiana Jones Adventure

“Attraction Future” – Indiana Jones Adventure

Again, very much like the original Disneyland maps our Euro Disneyland map also contains references about planned attractions, they were marked (in French of course) “Attraction Future”. These are especially interesting and sadly most of them were never build, like the Little Mermaid ride, the Beauty and the Beast stage show and the Indiana Jones Adventure.

"Attraction Future" - Discovery Mountain

“Attraction Future” – Discovery Mountain

Space Mountain, which opened in 1995, is also depicted as “Attraction Future”, but it is depicted as it was originally planned in its’ much more elaborate “Discovery Mountain” version, which would have been an even more amazing project than what Space Mountain De la Terre à la Lune turned out to be.

To this day Sam’s original Disneyland maps are eagerly sought-after collectors’ items.

Hidden Treasures

Sam McKim's Initials "SM"

Sam McKim’s Initials “SM” on the original Disneyland Map

Fitting to the theme of the “Disneyland Paris Treasures” blog I would like to close this first article with a little Treasure Hunt! On the original Disneyland map Sam McKim hid a little detail within the trees of the cartographic minutia of the map. Very close to the “Disneyland” Signet and in perfect artistic harmony with the surrounding style, there can be found his initials “SM”!

For the Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map Sam obviously was a little braver and dared to write his full name, but also a little bit hidden.

As you now have this beautiful map in ultra high resolution and perfect quality you can do, if you like, what I did when I learned about this secret – you can search the full map for the hidden signature! And if you have found it (it is not hidden too hard) know this: Sam was afraid they might find his name and remove it (although I strongly doubt they would have) so even in our map he as well hid his initials “SM” in the trees somewhere. And these indeed are very hard to find!

Locked Treasure

Ahoy Matey! Ye come seekin’ treasure and salty old pirates, eh? Sure ye come to the proper place!

This treasure chest contains the full 66 megapixels hi-res scan of the 1992 Euro Disneyland Souvenir Map! To unlock this chest just leave a nice comment below, then head back here and claim your booty!

Image Sources:
– Sam McKim window on Main Street: Loren Javier, Flickr
– 1962 Disneyland Souvenir Map: Wishbook, Flickr
– Artwork and pictures: Copyright Disney

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  1. What a great blog! Enjoyed every word of it.

    A few more weeks and we are enjoying a couple of days in Disneyland Paris.
    This blog and the vintage map got me more excited, thanks!

  2. Great article on Sam McKim and his effulgent maps of Disneyland and Paris Disneyland. My first visit to Imagineering (as a consultant) in 1987 I was privileged to meet Sam in his office. He was as delightful as his maps. I told him that on my first visit to Disneyland in 1957 ( we had just moved to LA from Minnesota) I purchased his just-released, 1958 map with the preview of New Orleans Square, Haunted Mansion, etc. In those days you had the choice of the easy-to-carry FOLDED map or a never-folded, rolled up version. Both were JUST $.50. And for an extra ten cents, you could get a thick cardboard tube. “I still have that map and the original tube,” I told Sam. “If I bring it with me next trip, would you sign it for me?” Sam said, “I’d be happy to. And so I did, and so did he. OVer my many years as a full-time Imagineer (1987-92), I was able to acquire signatures, on that map, from nearly a score of Imagineering legends. Many we coworkers and became friends. Of all my material goods, that map (now in a better tube) is one of my most prized possessions.

  3. Always loved this map and have a folded copy of the second edition. (without the circus). I was also lucky enough to get Sam to autograph a copy of the Paris map on my first visit. He was really old but seem a really nice guy.

  4. Super Blog +++ encore bravo et merci pour la carte c’est vraiment bien pour tout le monde

  5. I first visited Disneyland Paris for its 5th anniversary and I shall return for the 25th in a few weeks! Maybe there’s gonna be an anniversary map….?

  6. Wonderful memories. I visited the park much later, and it’s very interesting to see how it looked like back in 1992. This map is a piece of art, lovely item !

    1. Thanks for sharing this! I had this map when I was a child but it has highliter on it now 🙁 but at least it’s the original version 🙂

  7. Wow, this map is unreal in detail.
    My first memory of Euro Disney was in 1993, I was there at the age of 8 with my brother in law and sister. It started my lifelong obsession with everything disney. And I remember seeing these maps being sold.
    Thank you for letting us relive some awesome memories

  8. Hey there, what a lovely map! This map will definitely be a perfect gift for my friend who is Disneyland lover!

  9. Thank you for bringing this memory back. I owned one of these maps years ago, so it’s nice to find it here again.

  10. Happy 25th Disneyland Paris!!! °o° Time is passing so fast. This map takes you back to the glory of the old days… fantastic. Thanks a lot!

  11. At Eurodisney having an amazing time. We’re really intrigued to see the original map to see how things have grown

  12. An extraordinary curated nostalgia & memorabilia site! Great Job! Please keep up the wonderful work!

  13. Thank you for the map! It’s very interesting to discover more things of the park which weren’t realised so far!

  14. Still got mine from a EuroDisney trip in 1993 or so. But mine looks quite old and is in not so good condition. Thanks for the scan, this is truly beautiful !

  15. Very nice article! I Remember having the map back in the early nineties. Seems to have been thrown away with a moving 🙁
    Glad to have it hear and print it again for my wall.

  16. Fantastic to read this is, I first visited here with my 5th year French class back in October 92 and loved every minute of it. I’ve been lucky enough to go back from 2002 six wonderful times now with my family & back again this November, can’t wait! 😊

  17. Amazing that almost 25 years later, Park Disneyland is still much the same, hardly any significant changes. I was there last March, and have been kicking myself ever since for not realising the last day for Star Tours was the day AFTER I visited. Had I known, I would’ve rearranged my schedule to be there, since it was the last version in its original form. There was a lot of refurbishing going on, and I’m hoping to go back next year (although sad to learn that my favourite ride, Pirates, will be closed when I’m hoping to go).

  18. “When You Wish upon a Star” so how do we get this map into space? Thanks for sharing it.

  19. This is truy facinating to read! I love Disneyland Paris as it was my home for two years and everyday i learn something new about the park!

  20. I have a Disneyland Paris souvenir wall map from April 1999 (I bought two of them, one has never been opened). It’s one of my most treasured posessions.

  21. I love this map! Came across a framed one in the disney bookstore at DLP. Instant Crush…

  22. I was looking for this “project map” of Eurodisneyland ! It’s very beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

  23. Whow! This map used to hang at my wall when I was a kid…
    So sad it did’t survive time. 🙁

    But now I can print it! Thanks!!

  24. Superb…. I’ve got a poster of Disneyland in this style… but love looking at the attention to detail.

  25. Nice Map. Its perfect… We love Disneyland and our visit was magical. Thanks for the memory.

  26. cette carte est juste impressionnante, sublime a mes yeux c’est une magnifique représentation .

  27. I love this map, so much so that I bought a version in the Disney Art shop in the village. Thanks for posting.

  28. That map is beautiful, so detailed. Thank you so much for sharing it. I can look at it for hours!

  29. wonderful detail! I can’t imagine how big this must be to be on paper, a map 10 ft wide would be awesome!
    I just want park maps that have no legends or writing on them showing where every bathroom and fountain and smoking area is.
    THanks

  30. I love the article and your page and especially this map is really incredible. Thank you for sharing

  31. This map is incredibly great ! A real treasure for all Disneyland Paris fans, for sure !

  32. I love your DLP 1992 map. It’s amazing to see what the plan was and compare to what it’s become.

  33. The map is truly wonderful, it really stirs the imagination and makes you want to explore every little nook and cranny. Too bad most of the promised “future attractions” were never created though ^^

  34. Thanks! This map brings back fond memories from my very first visit to Euro Disneyland (as it was named back then) in 1992!

  35. Absolutely gorgeous maps, Sam McKim is such an inspiration!!! I wish they still did the maps with this level of detail! 🙁

  36. Fantastic job, really awesome. All information with details is incredible. Thanks for share with us.

  37. Thank you for this incredible treasure! Great resolution. Please share more of this stuff!

  38. Thanks so much for this – I have the printed version, but thanks to you I can now view it much more easily!

    Grey

  39. Thank you for sharing this! I wonder how the park would look today if all of their plans would see the light of the day.

  40. So cool to see how it originally was planned ^^ really love the old map!! but the result in reality became pretty good too

  41. Amazing. I used to own one of these. I would like Disney to sell this kind of merchandise again. Thanks for the scan !! 🙂

  42. This is such an interesting article. I’m a big fan of the Disney maps too but I didn’t get to visit Disneyland Paris until 2010 so never had a chance to actually buy one of these maps.

  43. Wow, so cool.
    Just got back from our third trip to DLP and saw this hanging in one of the shops. The guy behind the counter said those weren’t for sale anymore but that he got one in the early days.

    Mark

  44. I would love to download a copy of this map. We are going to Disneyland in March of 2015 I can not wait.

  45. Hello,

    had this map for years hanging in my room. unfortunately it got lost during a relocation. i would like to get hold on it once more.

  46. Wow, I just came across your page, and your page and especially this map is really priceless! It’s incredible to see all the lovely details and the never-built attractions like Discovery Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure…
    I would love to print it and hang it on my wall.

  47. I used to have this map in my bedroom years ago, but i might have lost it… So happy to find it here with such a good quality! Thanks!

  48. Hello, thank you very much for this article. Can I have the link for download the file ?

  49. Wow great map! I remembered having seen it somewhere in the park.
    Can you send me the high-resolution version of it so that i can print it ?
    Thanks!

  50. wauw i did never see this map !

    it is really great to see it and i really love it !

    it is also nice to see attractions that terribly enough never see the daylight !
    like the ride from the little mermaid

    great job

  51. Wow, what an amazing piece of art! I would love to make it into a big framed poster/photo.

  52. Wow, it’s a wonderful map of Disneyland Paris. In the park I’ve seen the other framed copies, but it’s great to see them in so much detail. I would like to have a high-resolution copie of it to print and frame it myself 🙂

  53. Ey Dude!
    I love the article, is the full size still available?
    I would be awesome to print it at 100×70, frame it en putt it on my wall!
    Thnx!

  54. Great blog ! It reminds me my first time at Disneyland in 1993 ! I was 12 years old ! I Love the old design of those “attraction future”. Is it possible to have it in better resolution ? Thanx a lot.

  55. I just found this amazing site today, and I’m in awe of the quality of this scan!

    I’d greatly appreciate a download link, if that’s still possible, so that I can print this out (I used to own the second “Disneyland Paris” version, but sadly it’s frail and falling apart by now). Please PM me the link.

  56. Wow, what a great map! I love it. First time i was there was 1995 and i would so love to have this map. Would be really great if you could e-mail it 🙂

  57. Hi, could you possibly email me the full resolution (or high resolution) pic of the eurodisney map please?
    Thank you!
    Kate

  58. LOVE THIS!!! i just got this printed out on 100x150cm print. I cannot wait to frame it. I managed to get hold of a 1979 magic kingdom map in the same design.

  59. Thank you so much for such a beautiful post, I love vintage park maps and knowing more about the awesome artist behind those maps, it made my day.

  60. I don’t use Facebook, so sadly I can’t download the map to make a print. Could you make it available for the rest of us too? Thanx for sharing!

      1. Got it by now, thanks to DLRPStuff and its webmaster! It’s indeed a wonderful and detailed map . A great collectors item for every DLRP-fan. Thank you once more!

  61. I remember that there was a rolled edition of the map later, which was identical to the original map, except that it said “Disneyland Paris” on the map. I still own a folded version of that “Disneyland Paris” map, and like you, I remember looking for a large enouggh frame for quite a while 🙂

  62. What an excellent blog! Well written, educational and yet so interesting, and full of details and captivating stories! Obviously well researched, it is a true treasure! Well done, and I am looking forward to future posts!

  63. This is so interesting. I’m not really the type of guy who get’s excited about things. But this map blew me away. So much fun to explore! I wish they still offered these kind of quality souvenirs in the parks.
    Saddens me to see that there was a Beauty and the Beast show planned for Paris. But never have been realized. I’ve seen it in Orlando and it was so much fun. Paris needs a good new stageshow. Maybe even more that one…
    Keep up the good work. And once again. Thank you for the map!

  64. Been trying to get hold of this map for some time but the price on ebay all the way from the States is just a little bit too high. I have loads of other stuff from the early days pre and post opening but really wanted one of these to hang on the wall – and now I can! Your blog is great and will be following with great interest. Thanks again, I’m off to the printers! 😉

  65. Popping by to say hi!
    I first visited Jan 1993 for my 16th birthday. We have 2 trips booked next yr. One with our 3 and 4 yr old and one with them, my 12 yr old, my parents, niece and sister.

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