The Castle of Belle Mary Magdalene Rosamunde

After 12 months of renovation, Sleeping Beauty Castle has reopened to guests at Disneyland Paris, and it is more beautiful than ever. Themed tarps and scaffolds have disappeared to reveal a monument that has restored its former glory as the 30th Anniversary of Europe’s top tourist destination approaches. The celebrations of this 30th Anniversary will begin on March 6, 2022.  

I believe the real Jesus was tested, went through a trial, in order to be the Rightful King of Judah. He never told anyone he was a candidate for God, or, the Son of God. In his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, hundreds of people recognize him as Their King, who is about to perform the Passion Play of King David, before The Hand of God can place a crown on his head.

The Governor of Florida has ELECTED Jesus the King of the Kingdon of Judah – by opposing what has emerged after a LONG OPPESSION. Alas, the Rose and Thorn Kingdom of King Jesus – has awoken from a long sleep! I helped prepare the way for this kingdom and his Royal Rose Court!

John ‘The Nazarite’

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After the death of Jesus, the disciples were spread to the four winds.  Across the sea in Southern France, a myth arose.  Legend says that a boat with no sails and no oars landed on the shores of Provence.  Three women named Mary, including mother Mary and the Magdalene, along with Martha, Lazarus, and an Egyptian servant named Sarah are said to have landed at Saintes Maries-de-la-Mer, now named for the arrival of the “holy Marys from the sea.”  The story goes that each settled in a different area of France, that Mary Magdalene herself started a church and retired to live out her days in a grotto on the high hill of Saint Baume.  Why are so many modern seekers fascinated by this tale and by Mary Magdalene herself?We want to know ~ Why do you feel drawn to Mary Magdalene? What does she mean to You?NameEmail Address *

While the truth and origins of these tales are un-provable, Mary Magdalene became one of the most revered saints in France.  Churches dedicated to her abound throughout the country and the legend of her arrival in the South is accepted throughout this enigmatic region.  It is not illogical that she should have found her way here.  Pursued as the apostles were by the Romans at the time, fleeing Jerusalem was a necessity.  Here in France, a Jewish princedom recognized by local authorities was thriving.  What better location for a renegade than among her own people?  She is called the Apostle of Apostles, but what makes Magdalene’s story so interesting for modern Christians and non-Christians alike?

Every version tells us that Mary Magdalene was present throughout the events of the Gospels.  She followed Jesus much like all the others, sitting at his knee to hear the teachings and participating in many important events throughout the story. She was front and centre at the passion and the resurrection, but her tears were a woman’s tears, her company was with the women.  For this, she was stripped of importance. 

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

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This article is about a structure at Disneyland Park in Paris. For the structure at Disneyland, see Sleeping Beauty Castle. For the structures at the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland, see Cinderella Castle. For the structure at Hong Kong Disneyland, see Castle of Magical Dreams. For the structure at Shanghai Disneyland, see Enchanted Storybook Castle.

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Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant
Disneyland Park (Paris)
AreaFantasyland
Coordinates48°52′23.34″N 2°46′33.68″ECoordinates48°52′23.34″N 2°46′33.68″E
StatusOperating
Opening date12 April 1992
General statistics
Attraction typeWalkthrough
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
ThemeSleeping Beauty
Height50.9 m (167 ft)
Audio-Animatronics1
 Wheelchair accessible

Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (French for “The Castle of the Beauty Sleeping in the Wood”, but known more roughly in English as Sleeping Beauty Castle) is the fairy tale castle at the centre of Disneyland Park and a continuation of Sleeping Beauty Castle first seen at Disneyland in California.

The Castle features two parts, a dungeon area in the base featuring an Audio-Animatronic dragon and, above, a concrete balcony walkthrough area with Sleeping Beauty–themed stained glass windows and tapestries. There are also several shops selling glass figures, ornaments and gifts.

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Original concept[edit]

“Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland was inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle in Southern Germany. This European influence was fine for building a castle in Anaheim, but the fact that castles exist just down the road from Disneyland Paris challenged us to think twice about our design.” —Tony Baxter, executive designer Walt Disney Imagineering[1]

Since Europe is home to the castles that inspired the structures at Disney’s first three parks, Imagineers reconsidered what kind of edifice would stand at the hub of its first European theme park. Many different concepts were then created and considered, ranging from slightly modified versions of Disney’s existing castles to radically new structures to stand instead in the Castle’s place (for example a Discoveryland-like tower).

The team eventually settled on Imagineer Tom Morris’ approach to the established Disney castle. Inspirations cited by Imagineering include illustrations from the book of hours Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry and the Mont Saint-Michel monastery in Normandy. As Charles Perrault had not detailed the castle in his 1697 fairy tale, Imagineering had few restrictions regarding its physical appearance. However, Walt Disney’s own 1959 film Sleeping Beauty provided the inspiration for, among other things, the Castle’s surrounding square trees.

The realisation of the stained glass windows in London, which are visible in Sleeping Beauty’s Gallery, was overseen by Peter Chapman, who had previously worked on the restoration of Notre Dame de Paris.

Completed in 1992, for the park’s 12 April opening, Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant stands 50 meters (160 ft) tall.

Castle[edit]

The Castle is home to a dragon, which, at 27 meters (89 ft) from head to tail, was the largest Animatronic figure yet built when the park opened in April 1992. The walkthrough attraction consists of a dimly lit cavern with the large dragon sleeping silently. Occasionally it will ‘wake up’, puffing smoke and growling. The building also contains La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant, a gallery of displays which illustrate the story of Sleeping Beauty in tapestriesstained glass windows and figures. La Boutique du Château, a shop selling Christmas ornaments year-round, and Merlin l’Enchanteur, a shop specialising in handmade glass figures, are located on ground floor.

Changes throughout the years[edit]

The castle has received several overlays throughout the years. The first occurred during the park’s first anniversary celebration in 1993, when the castle was dressed up as a cake complete with strawberries, icing and candles. This overlay was removed after the celebration ended. The cake overlay concept was later copied by Walt Disney World‘s Cinderella Castle in 1996 for the 25th Anniversary of the resort.

During the fifth anniversary of Disneyland Paris in 1997, the castle was decorated in carnival masks, jester hats, frills and bells to promote the animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This overlay lasted until the beginning of 1998.

During the tenth anniversary of Disneyland Paris in 2002, the front of the castle was fitted with a golden scroll displaying a large 10. The celebration also saw the opening of Walt Disney Studios next door. The scroll and other anniversary material in the park were removed in 2003.

In 2007, the castle received another overlay, celebrating the park’s fifteenth anniversary. It featured golden Disney characters displayed on the turrets and spires, each holding a candle, and Tinkerbell on the highest spire. The candles were illuminated each night during a special ‘Candlebration’ ceremony which took place on a raised temporary stage at Central Plaza, in front of the Castle. A huge illuminated gold plaque featuring a large ’15’ was hung on the front of the castle. This echoed the overlay from the tenth anniversary in 2002. The fifteenth anniversary and the ‘Candlebration’ ceremony ended on March 7, 2009.

The fifteenth anniversary overlay quickly followed on April 4, 2009 by Mickey’s Magical Party, a “theme year” celebration held at the park. The castle was again overlaid, this time with a Mickey and Friends plaque over the main window, and the spire heads were changed from being characters to being 3 circles “of ribbon” representing Mickey Mouse. A more permanent Central Plaza stage was built outside the castle to host the “It’s dance time… with Mickey and Friends” show.

The castle was repainted in a new colour-scheme, restored and fitted with multicolored LED lighting during 2011. For the Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular show its moat was fitted with water fountains, the upper window was replaced by doors that open to reveal a LED lighted star and Central Plaza stage was removed in order to increase the viewing area.

Popular culture[edit]

In Epic Mickey the castle was adapted into the game’s starting and finishing level, Dark Beauty Castle. This version contained elements of the various Disney castles and even had statues resembling Disney characters.

See also[edit]

Sleeping Beauty Castle

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This article is about a structure at Disneyland. For the structure at Disneyland Park in Paris, see Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant. For the structures at the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland, see Cinderella Castle. For the structure at Hong Kong Disneyland, see Castle of Magical Dreams. For the structure at Shanghai Disneyland, see Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Sleeping Beauty Castle
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 2019
Disneyland
AreaFantasyland
Coordinates33.81276°N 117.91894°W
StatusOperating
Opening dateJuly 17, 1955
Hong Kong Disneyland
Coordinates22.31262°N 114.04113°E
StatusClosed
Opening dateSeptember 12, 2005
Closing dateJanuary 1, 2018
Replaced byCastle of Magical Dreams
General statistics
Attraction typeCastle
ThemeSleeping Beauty
Height77 ft (23 m)

Sleeping Beauty Castle is a fairy tale castle at the center of Disneyland and formerly at Hong Kong Disneyland. It is based on the late-19th century Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany.[1] It appeared in the Walt Disney Pictures title card from 1985 to 2006 before being merged with Cinderella Castle, both iconic symbols of The Walt Disney Company. The version at Disneyland is the only Disney castle whose construction was overseen by Walt Disney.

redesigned and larger version of the castle is used as the icon of Disneyland Park (Paris).

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Disneyland[edit]

See also: List of castles in the United States

Sleeping Beauty Castle decorated for Christmas

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle at night in February 2005

Neuschwanstein Castle

Opened July 17, 1955, the castle is the oldest of all Disney castles. Though it reaches a height of 77 feet (23 m), it was designed by Roland E. Hill to appear taller through a process known as forced perspective;[2] design elements are larger at the foundation and smaller at the turrets. 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 on April 29, 1957, the visitors were able to walk through the castle and view several dioramas depicting the story of Sleeping Beauty. The voice of Jiminy Cricket from Walt Disney‘s Pinocchio (1940) singing “When You Wish Upon a Star” is piped into the castle.[3] 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 on October 7, 2001; popular belief claims the September 11th attacks and the potential danger that ensued played a major factor in the closing. Disney spokesman John McClintock said that the 9-11 attacks rumors weren’t true. “I am aware of those rumors,” he said. “But in 2001, it really wasn’t resonating with guests. In the late 90s, early 2000s, arguably the most popular thing about Sleeping Beauty was that you could always get in because nobody went to it.[4]

On July 17, 2008, Disney announced that the Sleeping Beauty Castle 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 p.m., drawing long lines going as far back as the Hub at the center of the park. 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 castle walkthrough entrance is on the west side of the building inside Fantasyland. Guests first see a large medieval-themed story book open to a page that announces the birth of the princess Aurora. After climbing the stairs inside, a scene depicts Aurora as a baby, being blessed with magic gifts by her fairy godmothers. Behind a glass window, there is an animation of the castle courtyard, and the king and queen watching as a large fire burns all the spinning wheels in the kingdom. At the top of the stairs, as guests reach the center of the castle’s top level, another window looks out on the castle’s great hall, where everyone in the kingdom is asleep, including servants and the cat and dog. The second half of the walkthrough becomes darker, featuring appearances by Maleficent, her crow, and several gargoyles which fly out of her nearby castle. At the end, the prince fights against Maleficent’s incarnation as a dragon, amid a forest of thorny brambles, and then a field of roses appears with doves flying above, as he kisses Aurora and breaks the spell. As guests exit the walkthrough at the bottom of the stairs on the east side of the castle, another medieval-themed oversized book depicts an image of the prince and princess dancing together, as her dress changes colors from pink to blue and back again.

The Disney family coat of arms hangs above the archway to the castle.[5] It is composed of three lions passant in pale.[6] It is known that the coat of arms was not originally on the castle, but was placed there sometime between June 1965 [7] and July 1965.[8]

At the rear of the castle, shaded by the archways and driven into the ground is a gold spike that is widely, but wrongly, believed to mark the geographical center of Disneyland. In reality, the spike is a surveyor’s mark that was used to ensure that the castle bridge and entrance lined up with Main Street USA when the park was first constructed. The original geographical center of the Magic Kingdom was in the middle of the round park, where the “Partners” statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse stands. The addition of Mickey’s Toontown in 1993 moved the actual center of the park a few yards northward, but still on the hub side of the castle drawbridge.

In January 2019, renovations on Sleeping Beauty Castle began in Disneyland. The entrance to Fantasyland was blocked through the archway of the castle during this refurbishment.

Fiftieth anniversary[edit]

In celebration of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary, both Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella Castle received makeovers. In Disneyland, 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 of Disneyland is represented by fireworks and Tinker Bell.

The gold railings were also added into the second floor of the castle for the safety of pyrotechnics workers. They were removed after 10 years and replaced with hidden railings that move up only when needed.

Sixtieth anniversary[edit]

For Disneyland‘s 60th anniversary, World of Color changed to the World of Color: Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney. Disneyland Park 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. Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure was also decorated for the Diamond Celebration. Most of the decoration on the castle was removed shortly after the celebration, although the decorative faux roofs remained until January 2018.

Disneyland Park (Paris)[edit]

See also: Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Sleeping Beauty Castle in 2006

Sleeping Beauty Castle (English for Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant) is at the centre of Disneyland Park and a continuation of Sleeping Beauty Castle first seen at Disneyland in California.

The Castle features two parts, a dungeon area in the base featuring an Audio-Animatronic dragon and, above, a concrete balcony walkthrough area with Sleeping Beauty–themed stained glass windows and tapestries. There are also several shops selling glass figures, ornaments and gifts.

“Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland was inspired by the Neuschwanstein Castle in Southern Germany. This European influence was fine for building a castle in Anaheim, but the fact that castles exist just down the road from Disneyland Paris challenged us to think twice about our design.” —Tony Baxter, executive designer Walt Disney Imagineering[9]

The castle has received several overlays throughout the years. The first occurred during the park’s first anniversary celebration in 1993, when the castle was dressed up as a cake complete with strawberries, icing and candles. This overlay was removed after the celebration ended. The cake overlay concept was later copied by Walt Disney World‘s Cinderella Castle in 1996 for the 25th Anniversary of the resort.

During the fifth anniversary of Disneyland Paris in 1997, the castle was decorated in carnival masks, jester hats, frills and bells to promote the animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This overlay lasted until the beginning of 1998.

During the tenth anniversary of Disneyland Paris in 2002, the front of the castle was fitted with a golden scroll displaying a large 10. The celebration also saw the opening of Walt Disney Studios next door. The scroll and other anniversary material in the park were removed in 2003.

In 2007, the castle received another overlay, celebrating the park’s fifteenth anniversary. It featured golden Disney characters displayed on the turrets and spires, each holding a candle, and Tinkerbell on the highest spire. The candles were illuminated each night during a special ‘Candlebration’ ceremony which took place on a raised temporary stage at Central Plaza, in front of the Castle. A huge illuminated gold plaque featuring a large ’15’ was hung on the front of the castle. This echoed the overlay from the tenth anniversary in 2002. The fifteenth anniversary and the ‘Candlebration’ ceremony ended on March 7, 2009.

The fifteenth anniversary overlay quickly followed on April 4, 2009 by Mickey’s Magical Party, a “theme year” celebration held at the park. The castle was again overlaid, this time with a Mickey and Friends plaque over the main window, and the spire heads were changed from being characters to being 3 circles “of ribbon” representing Mickey Mouse. A more permanent Central Plaza stage was built outside the castle to host the “It’s dance time… with Mickey and Friends” show.

The castle was repainted in a new colour-scheme, restored and fitted with multicolored LED lighting during 2011. For the Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular show its moat was fitted with water fountains, the upper window was replaced by doors that open to reveal a LED lighted star and Central Plaza stage was removed in order to increase the viewing area.

Hong Kong Disneyland[edit]

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong’s Sleeping Beauty Castle was a nearly identical copy of the original in California. However, the two castles were differentiated through very subtle details. Hong Kong Disneyland used a different color scheme compared to that of Disneyland, with more natural white and pink colours for the accents and cornice. It also had fewer trees surrounding its castle, which allowed a more open view to accompany the nightly fireworks show.

The castle closed on January 1, 2018 for a redesign as part of the park’s 15th anniversary celebration. This redesign is meant to pay tribute to 14 Disney princesses and heroines. It has been renamed Castle of Magical Dreams.[10][11]

During the 5th Anniversary[edit]

In celebration of Hong Kong Disneyland’s fifth anniversary, Celebration in the Air, the castle was transformed into Tinker Bell’s Pixie Dusted Castle. The castle was decorated with golden pixie dust, which sparkled and shimmered in the sun and was illuminated by night.

During the 10th Anniversary[edit]

Although no significant decorations were added to Hong Kong Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle for the park’s 10th anniversary, the nightly “Disney In The Stars” fireworks show was added with elaborate projection mapping with visuals to complement 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[edit]

As Sleeping Beauty Castle is a Disney icon, it was used in the opening of the Walt Disney anthology television series from the show’s beginning in 1954 until the late 70s, when it was replaced by the Cinderella Castle. It was also the logo of Walt Disney PicturesWalt Disney TelevisionDisney Music Group and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures from 1985-2006. As of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006, the logo is now 3D CGI and includes elements of both this castle and Cinderella Castle.

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