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the icon that is sleeping beauty castle
Like Walt Disney World, Sleeping Beauty Castle is the focal point of Main Street. As you enter Disneyland park you may notice that Sleeping Beauty Castle is a bit smaller than Cinderella’s Castle (maybe Cindy has a bit of an inferiority complex).
Joking aside there is over 100 feet difference between the 77 feet tall Sleeping Beauty castle and Cinderella Castle’s 183 feet. This height difference is very notable (even with the Imagineer’s force perspective) and may make your typical Walt Disney World guest scoff at Disneyland’s castle.
But as you approach the castle you realize that this one has a bit more character than that other one. And speaking of character, you must and I mean must get a photo of the famous ‘friends’ statue in front of the castle featuring Walt Disney and his pal Mickey Mouse. Iconic is an understatement!
Back to the castle’s character. This is not a one dimensional facade. You will see the distinct pink and teals colors alongside the stonework and massive amounts of gold.
Looking beyond the color the details are amazing. From the mulitcolor ‘stone work’ to the patterns in the roofing to the ornate turrets. The Imagineers have left no stone un-turned when they designed this magnificent castle.
Sleeping Beauty Castle was actually part of the original park that opened up on July 17, 1955 but without the walk through attraction. It’s design was based on the real Bavarian castle, Neuschwanstein.