After being closed for several months for refurbishment, Sleeping Beauty Castle is now open at Disneyland park. In addition to the new color scheme, several other enhancements have been made.
There have been updates to the colors and finishes of this beloved icon over the years. The concept illustration of the castle was created in the 1950s by Herb Ryman, the legendary Disney Imagineering Artist.
This time, the artists used a classic painting technique called atmospheric perspective. Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering, states that this technique was used to “visually heighten the castle”. The new update features a warmer pink color on the bottom and it gets lighter toward the top, as blue is added in.
For the roof, the same technique was also used with a beautiful bright blue and there is a sprinkling of pixie dust at the center! According to Kim Irvine, this was done purposefully, to give the castle the look of being “magically enchanted”. There are banners, pennants and new landscaping as well.
New paint and lighting have also been added to the Sleeping Beauty walkthrough.
In addition, a donation was made by the Disneyland Resort to Ryman Arts, the charity founded in Herb Ryman’s memory. A dwarf fir tree was also planted in his honor.
What do you think about the new look of Sleeping Beauty Castle? Are you excited to see it in person?
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