Ever since opening day of Disneyland Park in 1955, Sleeping Beauty Castle has stood as the symbol for all things magical. The castle icon is modeled after King Stephan’s Castle from the movie Sleeping Beauty. It actually debuted a whole 4 years before the animated film was released, in January 1959.
Over the years the castle has seen many improvements and re-stylings, all based on the original concept art by Artist Herbert Ryman. This year, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the film, the castle is getting some TLC to restore her former glory. The construction will be complete by this spring, just in time for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this summer.
Earlier we reported that certain areas in and around the castle would close to guests so that work could be done. Castle walls were put up to surround the area where the work is to be completed. Starting earlier this month, the castle walk-through experience is closed until the project is complete.
The refurbishment is part of a larger project in the parks called Project Stardust. This initiative has kicked off a number on magical enhancements in and around the Disneyland Resort property. Main Street USA received brand new curbs to help improve access when guests enter the parks. In Fantasyland, Matterhorn, it’s a small world, and Dumbo the Flying Elephant received updates to their queues. In Adventureland, the addition of the Tropical Hideaway near the Tiki Room welcomes guests to an area that was previously not utilized. When everything is complete guests will have a bright and shiny new park experience.
Check out this video to learn more about the history of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and what it will look like when the project is complete:
While it can be disappointing to have a closure during your vacation, Disney is always making improvements for future years. There’s still lots to see and do while the castle is closed, including new Sleeping Beauty inspired walls and backdrops for that perfect Instagram-able photo. I can’t wait to see Sleeping Beauty Castle back to grand self in the spring!
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