Coloring books can be a relaxing and inexpensive activity for all ages, and what better content is there to color than your favorite Disney characters? Disney has gone into its archives to uncover pages from vintage coloring books–and the best part is? They have provided some of the vintage pages to download for free!
For this entry in D23’s “Archives Spotlight“, Walt Disney Archives specialist Matt Moryc provided information about Disney coloring books that have existed since around the inception of the company in 1923. Moryc provided cover images of the many vintage coloring books, that feature a range of Disney characters, Disney Park attractions, and locations.
Disney has published thousands of coloring books over the years. Based on the covers, it looks each of the books were published highlighting specific areas in Disney media, with examples like “Walt Disney World” and “Disneyville” editions. It’s interesting to note the evolution of style that can be observed with each of the covers–Mickey Mouses’ transformation is very apparent based on these images! Three distinct variations of Mickey can be seen in these scans.
Near the end of the article, Moryc added a bonus for readers and Disney fans: scans of original pages from the vintage coloring books, that can be printed out for anyone interested in coloring them, for free!
The scans feature iconic locations at Disney parks, featuring classic Disney favorites. Color in Mickey as he visits New Orleans Square, Donald Duck in front of the Monorail, or the whole gang as they ride down Main Street USA!
If you want to download the images to color, be sure to access them on the D23 website here!
Do any of the coloring pages jump out to you that you would be interested in putting your own coloring spin on? Let us know in the comments!