A photo tour through Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle
Written by Robert Niles
Tuesday Park Visit: After more than seven years, Disneyland has reopened the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through. But you won't find the same attraction that closed in late 2001.Tweet
Yes, you still walk the steps inside Disneyland's castle and see the story of Sleeping Beauty, told in window dioramas. But the 1970s-era dolls and miniatures are gone, replaced with vivid animated scenes, done in the style of Eyvind Earle's designs from the original Walt Disney animated film.
The characters are rendered in two-dimensional cut-outs, not as three-dimensional dolls as they were before. That might seem like a step down in quality, but trust me, it isn't. Disney's enhanced many of the scenes with animated effects that help bring the story of Sleeping Beauty to life.
As before, the story is told on pages from books, placed opposite the diorama scenes throughout the walk through.
Yes, the flames flicker as the spinning wheels burn.
Sparks fly from the fairies' wands as they watch over Aurora.
The spinning wheel whirs and the spindle glows, as Maleficent gloats over Aurora's fallen body.
Each element here is 2D, but their positioning creates an engaging 3D image. Disney's multiplane camera brought to life?
A light shining onto the Aurora cutout creates a shimmering effect in this scene.
Demons fly over the castle, as lightning flashes.
This might be the most spectacular window in the entire show. Maleficent breathes green fire onto the branches below, which catch flame.
But Prince Charming prevails, and moves in for the kiss.
And, of course, they live happily ever after.
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