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Sleeping Beauty Castle is the fairy tale structure castle at the center of Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. It is based on Neuschwanstein Castle with some French inspirations (Notre Dame de Paris and the Hospices de Beaune especially).

Disneyland version

Opened July 17, 1955, the castle is the oldest of all Disney castles. Though it reaches a height of only 77 feet, it was designed to appear taller through a process known as forced perspective; design elements are larger at the foundation and smaller at the turrets. Sometimes swans will swim in the moat, so the WDI workers lined the moat with junipers. Swans won't eat junipers. The castle initially featured an empty upper level that was never intended to house an attraction, but Walt Disney was not satisfied with what he viewed as wasted space, and challenged his Imagineers to find some use for the space.

Beginning April 29, 1959, visitors were able to walk through the castle and view several dioramas depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty. The original dioramas were designed in the style of Eyvind Earle, production designer for Disney's 1959 film Sleeping Beauty, and were then redone in 1977 to resemble the window displays on Main Street, U.S.A.. The walkthrough was closed for unspecified reasons in October 2001; popular belief claims the September 11th attacks and the potential danger that ensued played a major factor in the closing.

On July 17, 2008, Disney announced that the walkthrough would reopen in the style of the original Earle dioramas, enhanced with new technology not available in 1957. The walkthrough reopened on November 27, 2008 at 5:00 PM, drawing long lines going as far back as the Hub. Unlike previous incarnations, visitors who are unable to climb stairs or navigate the passageways of the castle can still experience the walkthrough "virtually" in a special room on the castle's ground floor. This room is lavishly themed, and presents the closed-captioned CGI walkthrough recreation on a high-definition TV. This same virtual recreation is included on the Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary Platinum Edition DVD. The dioramas resemble animation cels.

It is a common myth that the Disney family coat of arms hangs above the archway to the castle. The Disney family coat of arms is composed of three fleur de lis whereas the coat of arms on the castle is three lions passant in pale. The origins and meaning of the coat of arms on it is unknown at this time. It is known that the coat of arms was not originally there but was placed there sometime in June 1965.

During the 50th anniversary

In celebration of Disneyland's 50th anniversary, the castle was repainted and five turrets were decorated with stylized crowns, each representing a decade in the park's history.

  • The creation of Disneyland is represented by a pair of famous "Ears" peeking up over the horizon to see the wonders to come.
  • "A World on the Move", otherwise known as the "New Tomorrowland" of 1967, is represented by rocket ships and accented by opalescent planets.
  • The Blue Fairy represents the debut of the Main Street Electrical Parade.
  • The Indiana Jones Adventure is represented by the evil Eye of Mara, guarded by snakes.
  • The 50th anniversary is represented by fireworks and Tinker Bell.

During the 60th anniversary

For Disneyland's 60th Anniversary, World of Color changed to the World of Color: Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney. Disneyland introduced Paint the Night and a new fireworks show, "Disneyland Forever". A 24-hour kickoff event occurred May 22, 2015.

As part of the celebration, the castle was covered with diamonds and glitter, with a large 60th logo in the center.

Hong Kong Disneyland version

Hong Kong Disneyland's castle is a nearly identical copy of the original in California. However, they can be differentiated through very subtle details. If one were to look closely enough, Hong Kong Disneyland's is built with much more precision compared to Disneyland's This can be observed through straighter and sharper edges on towers and walls as well as more ornate turret toppings. Hong Kong Disneyland also uses a different color scheme compared to that of Disneyland, with natural white and pink for the accents and cornice, giving the castle a more medieval look while the original uses slightly more saturated colors for its cornice and decorations, giving it a more fairy tale look. Disneyland frames its castle with lush trees and gardening to compliment its fairy tale aesthetic. Hong Kong Disneyland has less trees surrounding its castle, allowing a more open view to accompany the nightly fireworks show. While Disneyland did not begin its nightly fireworks tradition until one year after the park opened, Hong Kong Disneyland's was built with the firework performances in mind. This resulted in the fortress-themed buildings to the sides of the castle, which house the Fantasyland dark rides, being much more extended to both sides compared to Anaheim's, allowing a much more panoramic view to the pyrotechnic display.

During the 5th Anniversary

In celebration of Hong Kong Disneyland's 5th Anniversary, Celebration in the Air, unlike Disneyland, the castle has been transformed into Tinker Bell’s Pixie Dusted Castle. The castle is decorated by golden pixie dust, which sparkles and shimmers in the sun, and illuminates by night.

During the 10th Anniversary

Although no significant decorations is added to the castle for the park's 10th anniversary, the nightly "Disney in the Stars" fireworks show is added with elaborate projection mapping with visuals to compliment the display. This, however, resulted in the elimination of a few pyrotechnic elements launched from the front of the castle during the show.

Logo usage

As the castle is a Disney icon, it and the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle have become the basis for the logo of Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Television, Disney Music Group and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It was also heavily featured in advertisements for the Wonderful World of Disney, formerly shown on the Disney Channel.

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Main Street, U.S.A.

Disneyland Railroad | Main Street Cinema | The Disney Gallery | Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln | Dapper Dans | Main Street Vehicles

Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle | Alice in Wonderland | Casey Jr. Circus Train | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | It's a Small World | King Arthur Carrousel | Mad Tea Party | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Peter Pan's Flight | Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Snow White's Scary Adventures | Storybook Land Canal Boats | Pixie Hollow | Sword in the Stone

Adventureland

Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room | Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye | Jungle Cruise | Tarzan's Treehouse

Tomorrowland

Astro Orbitor | Autopia | Space Mountain | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Disneyland Monorail | Captain EO | Innoventions | Starcade | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Push the Talking Trash Can

Mickey's Toontown

Chip 'n' Dale's Treehouse | Donald's Boat | Gadget's Go Coaster | Goofy's Playhouse | Mickey's House and Meet Mickey | Minnie's House | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island | Mark Twain Riverboat | Sailing Ship Columbia | Big Thunder Ranch | Golden Horseshoe Saloon | Fantasmic!

Critter Country

Splash Mountain | Davy Crockett's Explorer Canoes | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

New Orleans Square

The Haunted Mansion | Pirates of the Caribbean

Resorts

Disneyland Hotel

Former Attractions

Country Bear Jamboree | Star Tours | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | Ariel's Grotto | PeopleMover | Skyway | Carousel of Progress | Submarine Voyage | Mike Fink Keel Boats | Swiss Family Treehouse | Adventure Thru Inner Space | Home of the Future | Magic Journeys | Rocket Jets | Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland | Midget Autopia | The Party Gras Parade | Space Station X-1 | Flying Saucers | Aladdin's Royal Caravan | One Man's Dream | Mickey Mouse Club Theater | Fantasy Waters | Fantasyland Autopia | Rocket Rods | Snow White: An Enchanting Musical | The Lion King Celebration | America Sings | The Walt Disney Story | Country Bear Vacation Hoedown | Fantasy in the Sky

Other

List of Disneyland attractions


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Main Street, U.S.A.

Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad | Hong Kong Disneyland Band | Main Street Vehicles | Animation Academy | Ragtime Piano | Art of Animation

Fantasyland

Cinderella Carrousel | Dumbo the Flying Elephant | Fairy Tale Forest | Fantasy Gardens | Hong Kong Disneyland Railroad | It's a Small World | Mad Hatter Tea Cups | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Mickey and the Wondrous Book | Pixie Hollow | Sleeping Beauty Castle | Snow White Grotto | Sword in the Stone

Adventureland

Festival of the Lion King | Jungle Drumming | Jungle River Cruise | Liki Tikis | Tarzan's Treehouse

Tomorrowland

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple | Orbitron | Push the Talking Trash Can | Space Mountain | Star Wars: Command Post

Toy Story Land

Barrel of Fun | Cubot | RC Racer | Slinky Dog Spin | Toy Soldier Boot Camp | Toy Soldier Parachute Drop

Grizzly Gulch

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars | Geyser Gulch | Welcome Wagon Show

Mystic Point

Mystic Manor | Garden of Wonders | Freight Depot

Anniversary Celebration

5th Anniversary | 10th Anniversary

Current Entertainment

Disney in the Stars | Flights of Fantasy Parade | Mickey's Rainy Day Express | Paint the Night Parade

Current Seasonal Attractions and Entertainment

Hyperspace Mountain | Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover | The Nightmare Experiment | The Pavilion | Villains Night Out!

Former Attractions and Entertainment

Autopia | Dapper Dans | Disney on Parade | High School Musical: LIVE! | Jungle Puppet Carnival | Lucky the Dinosaur | Muppet Mobile Lab | Stitch Encounter | The Disneyland Story presenting How Mickey Mouse Came to Hong Kong | The Golden Mickeys | Tinker Bell Castle Illumination | UFO Zone

Former Seasonal Attractions and Entertainment

Adventureland Oasis Party | Alien Invasion | Demon Jungle | Festival of Family & Friends | “Frozen” Festival Show | “Frozen” Village | Glow in the Park Halloween Parade | Graves Academy | Horrors of the Amazon | Inferno Dance Party | It's a Small World Holiday | 'Let It Snow' Christmas Parade | Lightning McQueen "LIVE"! | Main Street Haunted Hotel | Mickey's House | Mickey's WaterWorks | Nightmare in the Sky | Pirate Takeover | Royal Christmas Ball | Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy | Stitch's Summer Dance Bash | Stitch and Friends Summer Surprise | The Revenge of the Headless Horseman | Tomorrowland Party Zone | Turtle Talk with Crush

Upcoming

Iron Man Experience

Resorts

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel | Disney's Hollywood Hotel | Disney's Explorers Lodge


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Media

Films: Sleeping Beauty | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Maleficent | Descendants | Maleficent 2 | Video
Television: House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Sofia the First
Video Games: Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep | Disney INFINITY | Maleficent Free Fall | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition
Books: Little Golden Book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Classic Storybook | My Side of the Story: Sleeping Beauty/Maleficent | The Curse of Maleficent: The Tale of a Sleeping Beauty | Once Upon a Dream: From Perrault's Sleeping Beauty to Disney's Maleficent | Big Golden Book | Sleepy Time with Aurora
Music: The Legacy Collection: Sleeping Beauty | Maleficent (soundtrack)

Disney Parks

Art of Animation | Club Villain | Disney Animation Building | Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant | La Taniere Du Dragon | Sleeping Beauty Castle | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Entertainment: Animagique | Disney's Believe | Disney Dreams! | Dream Along with Mickey | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Le Livre Magique de Mickey | Magic, Music and Mayhem | Mickey's Magical Celebration | One Man's Dream | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | The Golden Mickeys | Villains Tonight!
Restaurants: King Stefan's Banquet Hall
Shops: Castle Couture | La Confiserie des Trois Fées
Parade: Festival of Fantasy Parade | Main Street Electrical Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Halloween: Celebrate the Magic | Happy Hallowishes | Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Villains World | Villains Mix and Mingle | Villains Night Out!
Christmas: Royal Christmas Ball

Characters

Sleeping Beauty: Princess Aurora | Prince Phillip | Flora, Fauna and Merryweather | Maleficent | Diablo | King Stefan | Queen Leah | King Hubert | Forest Animals | Samson | Maleficent's Goons | Minstrel
Enchanted Tales: The Duke
Maleficent: Forest Army | King Henry | King Henry's Army | Fairies
Deleted Characters: Vulture

Objects

Spinning Wheel | Shield of Virtue | Sword of Truth | Maleficent's Staff

Locations

King Stefan's Castle | Forbidden Mountain | Aurora's Cottage | Forest | Moors | England

Songs

Hail to the Princess Aurora | The Gifts of Beauty and Song | I Wonder | Once Upon a Dream | Skumps | Sleeping Beauty

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