Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle (Christmas Time)

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Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle (Christmas Time)
« on: March 27, 2018, 12:25 PM »
Opened July 17, 1955, the castle is the oldest of all Disney castles. Its primary inspiration was the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Though it reaches a height of 77 feet (23 m), it was designed by Roland E. Hill to appear taller through a process known as forced perspective; design elements are larger at the foundation and smaller at the turrets.














































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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2018, 12:32 PM »
Still my favorite castle. Modest proportions, not garish. Serves as a gateway to a land and a park symbol, but it doesn't overpower the entire park or the Main Street.

Also, I always enjoyed the story about how when they were building the original model for the park, that it split at the castle, allowing the top to detach, and one of the Imagineers, Herb Ryman, was just playing around and flipped the castle top around. He wasn't able to put it back before Walt came in, but he liked it that way better, so the original 'back' of the castle is now its front.

https://www.disney-secrets.com/single-post/2016/03/25/A-Backwards-Sleeping-Beauty-Castle

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2018, 01:00 PM »
^Yes. I remember reading about that. Thanks for adding that bit of info.


If anyone has their own photos of the Sleeping Beauty Castle, or any interesting tidbits of information, feel free to post them here.
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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 05:17 AM »
Great shots of the original Disney Castle here.

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2018, 05:39 PM »
Some more pics in and around the Sleeping Beauty Castle.





























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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2018, 07:28 PM »
Another interesting tidbit, the drawbridge IS functional (at least as of the 80's..) though has only operated twice. Once for the park opening in 1955, and again when Fantasyland was rededicated in 1983(?)

The park did recently change the railings to make it more safe (gasp!) and caused a huge ruckus amongst Disney nerds who think making some fencing look nicer and safer is a bad thing. This change also made it impossible to operate the bridge without removing the fencing first.

http://www.extinctattractionsclub.com/disneylands-castle-drawbridge-recently-changed/

Those darn safety officials forcing Disney to design a prettier fence..

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2018, 10:07 PM »

Here's a photo of the new railing on the castle drawbridge.



Now we won't have to worry about falling into the moat anymore. ::)
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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2018, 07:38 PM »
Interesting! I find the mesh of the wrought iron look with the wood a bit off-putting, though I suppose it's tough to complain that Disney went with the pricier option. They could have at least tried to match the paint to the existing posts.

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2018, 08:48 PM »
   At first glance I wasn't sure if I liked the new railings, but they're kinda growing on me now. I always thought that the old chain railings looked rather worrisome and precarious, even though they were more accurate. Plus, they managed to work some chain into the new railings as, I suppose, sort of an homage to what was there before. The combination of wrought iron and rough-hewn wood is appealing to me, but I can see how it could look sorta dungeony if not handled right.

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2018, 04:47 PM »
More Sleeping Beauty Castle pics



The Disneyland Band performs in front of the castle.



The gargoyles adorning the castle are cute little squirrels.



This clock hangs below the archway at the back of the castle.



The left side of the castle.



The right side of the castle.



Nighttime view



The Fantasyland side of the castle at night.
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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2018, 04:48 PM »
you caught a rare burned out light bulb at Disney

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2018, 04:52 PM »
Get me the name of the lighting guy and send him a pink slip immediately!
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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #12 on: September 30, 2018, 10:08 AM »
Look at the little baby castle! I feel like I would be happy to be there but also laugh a little because I am so used to Cinderella Castle at WDW. Amazing photos I love the quality!

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #13 on: September 30, 2018, 11:51 AM »
I'm always amused when people who visit Disneyland for the first time can't believe how small the castle is. I've grown up with Disneyland so I can't imagine anything else. And when I visited WDW, I was like "OMG! Look how HUGE their castle is!!" :P
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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #14 on: September 30, 2018, 12:47 PM »
Looking great those pictures. I'm always stunned how the castles look bigger than they are. Forced perpective is one of the most beautiful things a Disney Park uses :)

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle
« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2018, 04:12 PM »

The Sleeping Beauty Castle lit up for Christmas.


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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle (Christmas Time)
« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2018, 11:37 PM »
Beautiful pictures. But... I think they could have done a better job with the snowy roofs. I didn't even know what it was supposed to be at first: Gaping holes? Swiss cheese? A tie-in for another "101 Dalmatians" movie? The patches don't seem very natural looking to me. The steepness of the roofs, plus gravity, would make the snow settle at the bases of the turrets and leave the steeper parts more bare, right? Then again, maybe you have to be there to really tell how it looks. The colors do make you go 'ooh' and 'ahh' though.

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle (Christmas Time)
« Reply #17 on: December 21, 2018, 12:40 AM »
It does look a little odd at night. I think it actually looks better in the daytime, as if the snow is beginning to melt and leave patches of the roof showing through.
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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle (Christmas Time)
« Reply #18 on: December 21, 2018, 05:38 AM »
those snow covered roof are complete shells that they lower on top of the normal roofs...basically like a cap. So the roof you see there behind the snow is not the normal roofing.

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Re: Disneyland - Sleeping Beauty Castle (Christmas Time)
« Reply #19 on: December 25, 2018, 05:39 PM »
I have always liked that they add snow to the spires of Sleeping Beauty Castle. I remember whenever they announced the Cinderella Castle dreamlights I was skeptical because I knew Disneyland Paris did some lights on just the turrets of the castle. Overall, I like how Sleeping Beauty Castle in California takes it a little further with the snow and it is simple yet magical.