A tour of Disneyland Paris: Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
Written by Robert Niles
I'm going to split our tour of Disneyland Paris' Fantasyland into two posts today, so that we can devote an entire post to the park's Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant.Tweet
Disneyland Paris' Sleeping Beauty's Castle includes two attractions - a second-floor walk-through retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, in stained-glass windows and tapestries, as well as an animatronic dragon in the dungeon below.
Let's start upstairs.
The concept of this display should be familiar to anyone who's toured the original Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim. But where that display employs small dioramas in California's pint-sized castle, Paris' larger castle uses large stained-glass windows and floor-to-ceiling tapestries to tell Princess Aurora's tale.
The fairies present their gifts.
But someone wasn't invited to the party,
And she's not happy.
Faced with Maleficent's curse on his daughter Aurora, the king orders all the land's spinning wheels burned.
A spinning wheel burns in the fireplace, as the storybook tells of Aurora's move to the forest.
Take a look around - you'll find detail everywhere inside the castle.
Don't touch that spindle!
The fairies cast a sleeping spell over the kingdom.
Aurora awaits her hero,
Who battles Maleficent,
And awakens Aurora with a kiss,
So they lived happily ever after.
You can step out on the rear balcony and get a rare, up-close, second-floor view of a Disney castle. I liked being able to see some of the detail up close, but the castle walls looked a little plain so close, and the forced perspective is lost from up here.
Take a narrow spiral staircase back down, and you'll find plenty of spacious corridors surrounding this castle.
But don't forget to turn the corner and look for the dungeons.
That's where you'll find Merlin's dragon...
Who stirs from his slumber every few minutes. Take a look:
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