Think of her as going to sleep…
“And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss, the spell shall break.”Merryweather, Sleeping Beauty
Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle is undergoing renovations, and even as we celebrate 60 years of the classic film, Imagineers are working to keep Walt’s iconic landmark in picturesque condition.
The gateway to Fantasyland—and the symbol of all the magic of Disneyland park—is Sleeping Beauty Castle. An opening day landmark since 1955, Sleeping Beauty Castle has the distinction of being named after a Disney heroine nearly four years before Sleeping Beauty appeared in her title film role 60 years ago in January 1959. In fact, “Sleeping Beauty” was still in its early stages of production when Disneyland park opened.
Over the years, the colors and finishes on Sleeping Beauty Castle have been refreshed and updated since Disney Legend and Imagineering Artist Herbert Ryman first created the concept illustration of the castle. Today, 60 years after the film “Sleeping Beauty” debuted, Sleeping Beauty Castle is undergoing another refurbishment through spring in preparation for this summer’s opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The refurbishment is part of Project Stardust—a number of enhancements to the Disneyland Resort, specifically Disneyland park, to continue to deliver a world-class guest experience. The enhancements will range from overall beautification of the theme park to maximizing guest comfort and access. When Project Stardust is complete, Disneyland park will remain the beloved icon and international treasure it is today, while preparing the theme park for its next phase of significant growth, starting with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where tradition meets a new frontier.
Imagineer Kim Irvine gives more history and background on the refurbishment:
While on the one hand, I am sad to know that “Sleeping Beauty” will still be slumbering when I visit in April, I am glad to know that the good folks of Imagineering are working to keep Mr. Disney’s castle looking her best.
But what do you think: Is Sleeping Beauty Castle your favorite among Disney’s buildings? Will you take your photo in front of Herb Ryman’s concept illustration?
Let us know in the comments below…