Last Disney history post (for now)! I am such a fan of Disney’s work and what it has become, that it would be impossible for me to ever stop writing about the topic. I’ll definitely come back to talking about Disney history soon, I promise.
Now, let’s get to it.
The castle welcomed guests on July 17, 1955. Modeled from one of Germany’s castles Neuschwanstein Castle (link below), the cotton candy pink structure would soon be known as one the most recognizable castles to date. Regarding the name Sleeping Beauty Castle; there isn’t an exact answer. I’ve researched everywhere and the best answer (or made the most sense to me) was that Disney wanted to promote his next animated feature film, Sleeping Beauty. So to build “anticipation”, that’s why the castle is known as Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. Perhaps if Disney knew the movie would have taken four years to release, he would’ve chosen a different name for the castle. Maybe he would’ve called it “Snow White’s Castle?” Imagine that?! *cue cackle of the old hag
It wasn’t until 1957 when Disney had Sleeping Beauty’s Castle become a walk through. He wanted visitors of Disneyland to have that magical experience of walking through a castle. Back then, visitors heard When You Wish Upon A Star by Cliff Edwards (original voice of Jiminy Cricket) himself, along with seeing original dioramas drawn by Evyvind Earle (production artist of Sleeping Beauty). Fast forward to today, it’s now a walk through that shows the story of Sleeping Beauty. It’s told through multiple images that move and light up. It’s obviously cooler than how I’m writing it, but that just means you’ll have to check it out yourself.
I leave you with this: people’s faces light up when they see the structure. Young or old, there’s a sense of amazement and I live for reactions like those. Although the castle is only 77 feet tall, (tiny for a castle) it manages to show charm and capture the hearts of Disneyland visitors.
Neuschwanstein Castle http://traveltips.usatoday.com/neuschwanstein-castle-3453.html