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A tour of Disneyland Paris: Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant

Published: July 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

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.

Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant

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.

Entering the castle

Let's start upstairs.

Upstairs

Sleeping Beauty

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 king and queen

Aurora's betrothed

The fairies present their gifts.

The fairies present their gifts

But someone wasn't invited to the party,

Someone wasn't invited

And she's not happy.

And she's not happy

Faced with Maleficent's curse on his daughter Aurora, the king orders all the land's spinning wheels burned.

The king orders the spinning wheels burned

A spinning wheel burns in the fireplace, as the storybook tells of Aurora's move to the forest.

Fireplace

Take a look around - you'll find detail everywhere inside the castle.

Castle detail

Don't touch that spindle!

Don't touch that spindle!

The fairies cast a sleeping spell over the kingdom.

The fairies cast a sleeping spell

Aurora awaits her hero,

Aurora awaits her hero

Who battles Maleficent,

The prince battles the dragon

And awakens Aurora with a kiss,

The prince awakens Sleeping Beauty

So they lived happily ever after.

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.

Looking up, from the second floor

Take a narrow spiral staircase back down, and you'll find plenty of spacious corridors surrounding this castle.

Walking around the castle

But don't forget to turn the corner and look for the dungeons.

The dragon

That's where you'll find Merlin's dragon...

Who stirs from his slumber every few minutes. Take a look:

Later today: Alice's Curious Labyrinth and the rest of Disneyland Paris' Fantasyland

Previously: Main Street USA, Frontierland, and Adventureland

Replies (5)

Amanda Jenkins
Writer

Published: July 26, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Wow! It looks beautiful. That dragon looks amazing! Thank you so much Robert for posting in such detail your trip. I've always dreamed of going to DLP. Since it doesn't seem like I will go anytime soon, it is wonderful to read and see all about it.
Daniel Etcheberry
Writer

Published: July 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Beautiful art work; nice animatronic. This must be the best castle of them all.
James Rao
Writer

Published: July 26, 2012 at 4:02 PM

Been waitin for this post Robert, and it did not disappoint. Thanks for sharing.
Mark Kausch

Published: July 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I liked this column, but dang, Robert, you gave away the ending without even a spoiler alert! ;-)

That dragon is great, although I'm not sure why Merlin's dragon is in Sleeping Beauty's dungeon. I love how his fing - uh, his claws move.

92.5.6.183

Published: July 27, 2012 at 3:51 AM

The dragon underneath the castle is amazing and very scary for the young ones, my two year old couldn't wait to get out of there!

It's the little touches like this that make DLP such a great place.

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