Disneyland Paris reveals Sleeping Beauty Castle after year-long closure
DISNEYLAND Paris has unveiled the new Sleeping Beauty Castle, after it was closed for more than a year for renovations.
Opening today, the theme park has revealed what guests can expect from the royal makeover.
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There are French references throughout, courtesy of the Imagineers who are the design team behind everything at the Disney parks.
Guests will be able to spot the gold lead snails on the spires, who are “attempting to get away from French cooks” or the geometric gardens inspired by the famous french The Lady and the Unicorn tapestry.
Even the dome has stained glass windows similar to Chambord Castle in the Loire Valley.
There are a number of things that make the Disney castles special.
The castles always face north, so the sun never obscures guests taking photographs, and the colour scheme has 14 different shades of pink.
And Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is the only one to be home to a Dragon, which is 79ft long.
Disney Art Director Tracy Eck said: “It was the first time we undertook something so monumental. Certain effects have even been improved so that the castle’s structure will be even more resilient in the upcoming years.
“It took nearly a year to complete these works on site with all of the teams. Painters, electricians, gilders, craftspeople in charge of the tiled roofs… It was a hive of activity.”
The opening of the castle comes just months ahead of the park’s 30th anniversary celebrations, which start on March 6.
Guests will be able see Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy in new, special outfits, as well as buy anniversary souvenirs and try new anniversary food specialties.
Ticket packages start from just £345pp, which includes two days at the park, early park entry, hotel stays and free shuttle servcies.
If you fancy visiting for the day, tickets start from £49.14 per person.
Brits will have to cross their fingers, however, as France is yet to welcome UK tourists.
While the country has eased some of their travel restrictions, holidaymakers are yet to be allowed to return.
Despite this, officials have suggested that all travel restrictions could be lifted in the near future.
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