By Lindsay Mott
After a months-long refurbishment, Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park is now open, and it’s truly more beautiful than ever! The beloved – and original – icon now features vibrant new colors, a new roof, and charming and subtle pixie dust, among other enhancements.
Over the years, the colors and finishes on Sleeping Beauty Castle have been refreshed and updated since Disney Legend and Imagineering Artist Herb Ryman first created the concept illustration of the castle in the 1950s.
“What’s interesting about this time is that we used an ages-old painting technique called atmospheric perspective to visually heighten the castle,” said Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering on the Disney Parks Blog. “We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.”
The same technique was used for the new roof, now with cobalt hues. Each of the 18 original turrets was digitally scanned to create the same roofline, and pixie dust was sprinkled on the center roof.
“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine. Colorful banners, pennants and landscaping also were included, and the Sleeping Beauty Castle walkthrough received new paint and lighting.
I will be visiting Disneyland soon, so keep an eye out for tons of pictures on our Facebook page.