Book Review – Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity

Hi everyone!

I received Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity to review. The book released on March 7th, 2023 but I didn’t receive it until a few weeks later for review purposes. This is one of many books that commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Walt Disney Company.

The “Art of Coloring” adult coloring books have been very popular. Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder features quite a few coloring pages that you would never find anywhere else, including Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the Alice Comedies, Walt and Mickey as well as The Skeleton Dance, The Mickey Mouse Club, and a variety of Disney characters.

The Staff of the Disney Archives writes the Preface. They say that they looked at thousands of historical sources for Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder, including vintage coloring press kits and coloring publications. The coloring book is laid out with a variety of chapters, starting with “Where it all Began”. One of my favorite chapters is “Your Disney World – A Day at the Parks”, which includes  artwork from vintage coloring books (including Mr. Toad, Sleeping Beauty Castle, and Haunted Mansion as well as America Sings). There is some artwork from The Disney Afternoon.

There are some newer characters to color as well, but really the book spans a long time and has a lot of vintage coloring pages in it, along with story sketches and animation drawings. Throughout Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder, there are a number of places that you can color Walt Disney himself, including as a skipper for the Jungle Cruise.

I think that Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder is a nice addition to the the “Art of Coloring” series. It is also a sturdy paperback. And just because the coloring book is “for adults”, doesn’t mean that kids and teenagers can’t enjoy it too. As a kid, I colored in everything (often in books that weren’t coloring books and even as a five-year I colored on my bedroom door). I would have enjoyed this book as a kid in the 1970s, as a Disney fan already.

From Disney about Art of Coloring: Disney 100 Years of Wonder: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity:

The Walt Disney Company honors its 100th anniversary in 2023. As part of the festivities, this must-have adult coloring book offers a fun and familiar look at everything Disneypast, present, and future.

Part of the Art of Coloring series, which has sold over 2 million copies across the U.S.

On October 16, 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy founded what we now know to be The Walt Disney Company. Walt’s passion and vision continues to inspire creative development across the company. As a result, Disney characters―and their stories―have touched the lives of generations of fans. This stunning collection of illustrations features memorable characters, favorite icons, and visual surprises at each page turn. Thoughtfully curated by the staff of Walt Disney Archives, these images are ideal for taking pencil to paper and adding your own brand of color and style. Disney theme park concept art, posters, and maps join with Disney movie art and playful vintage coloring book pieces to draw out the inner artist in every Disney fan, cultivating relaxation and focus.


  • a convenient “lay flat” paperback book
  • 100 images to inspire creativity and relaxation . . . and wonder


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