Refurbished Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Uncovered

(Photo Credit: LA Times)

For the last four months Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland has been under going a refurbishment.

Like they do at the Walt Disney World Resort, scaffolding with an scrim and an image of the castle covered the 77 foot tall structure during the work processes. Up to 60 people at a time worked on the castle make-over. The scrim was originally created by Disney artist Herb Ryman. He painted the first images of the castle and Disneyland structures back in the early 1950s.

Now the scrim and scaffolding is down and guests can see the newly painted castle and it’s so pretty! It’s expected to open for guests by Friday.

The colors are now brighter with blues and pinks. The shingles on the roof and turrets now have “pixie dust” gold sparkles.

The color choices also have a purpose according to the LA Times:

To make the castle look bigger, Disney designers have relied on a few optical illusions. The colors on the walls are warmer near the bottom and lighter and bluer closer to the top, an artistic technique known as atmospheric perspective. Objects that are farther away are lighter and bluer because there is more atmosphere between them and the person viewing them. Enhancing those features heightens the effect.

In the castle, the cedar-shake shingles are also bigger near the bottom and smaller toward the top. Disney workers used progressively smaller shingles because objects that are smaller appear to be even farther away, another technique called forced perspective.

The last time it was overhauled was in 2005 before the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland. Now with the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening on May 31, they have brightened it up and gave it more Disney Magic, for all the guests coming to visit Batuu.

It’s so beautiful!

If you would like to know more about the history of Sleeping Beauty castle Disneyland posted a video on YouTube.

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Source: LA Times, YouTube


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