Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle’s closure part of park-wide enhancement project

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Sleeping Beauty Castle refurbishment

Credit: OC Register (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Update: 01/24/19

As we previously reported, Sleeping Beauty Castle closed for refurbishment earlier this month, and today, Disney has revealed the reason for this temporary closure is part of a bigger plan that will refresh some of the magic of the historic theme park.

Specifically, as it relates to Sleeping Beauty Castle, in addition to re-roofing it, Disney also plans to repaint its exterior, refreshing the existing color scheme of the cool blue stone, the warm pink plaster walls, and the blue roofs. However, Disney will be adding a “little pixie dust” that Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine says will be “subtle and charming.”

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park
Credit: Disney

While this refurbishment process takes place, guests will not be able to take pictures in front of the castle as it is blocked off. To remedy this situation, Disney will allow guests to instead take pictures in front of Disney Legend Herby Ryman’s first rendering of Sleeping Beauty Castle (pictured above).

The refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle is only one of the many changes coming to the park, which are all a part of Project Stardust, the name of the number of enhancements coming to the Disneyland Resort, specifically Disneyland Park. According to Disney, this new project’s enhancements will range from overall beautification of the theme park to maximizing guest comfort and access.

Sleeping Beauty Castle
Credit: Disney

For those of us hesitant to embrace change, fear not! Disney says once Project Stardust is complete, Disneyland park will remain the beloved icon and international treasure it is today, while preparing the theme park for its next phase of significant growth, starting with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where tradition meets a new frontier.

In addition to the refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty castle, Project Stardust has also brought smaller enhancements throughout the park. Some of these include curbs on Main Street, U.S.A being enhanced with slow inclines, new brick work, the replacement of the horse-drawn streetcar track, and the reconfiguration of the queues for Matterhorn Bobsleds, “it’s a small world” and Dumbo the Flying Elephant. All of which, are ways the park is trying to improve guest access and comfort.

Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland Park
Credit: Disney

Additionally, Tropical Hideaway in Adventureland now sees a brand new area that Disney says was “previously underutilized.”

Other enhancements to come from Project Stardust include the adjustment of the locations of planters and outdoor vending carts to make room for additional walking space and new, more efficient stroller areas. There also will be more seating in Disneyland Park than ever before.

In this new video, Disney Imagineer Kim Irvne talks about the beautification of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Original Article: 

Construction walls have gone up around Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle as a major refurbishment of Disneyland Park’s most iconic attraction begins in preparation for the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in June.

Gray construction walls and green mesh fencing are the only views guests of Disneyland Park will be getting of the iconic castle as its refurbishment begins. According to OC Register, the refurbishment of the castle, which began Monday, January 7, will include a $300,000 reroof of the 70-foot-tall castle that will replace the fiber-reinforced plastic on the turrets.

Sleeping Beauty Castle closes for refurbishment
Credit: OC Register (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

In addition to views of the front of the castle being obscured, the construction walls also block the moat and drawbridge from guest’s level sight. All that is left for visitors to marvel over is a not-so-magical gate with black iron hardware, which serves as an entrance to the construction site.

Blue fences now block the center and east archways at the rear of the castle. OC Register reports that a decorative scrim will be used to cover scaffolding once it is erected around portions of the castle.

Sleeping Beauty Castle closes for refurbishment
Credit: OC Register (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Signs in front of the castle direct visitors to access Fantasyland via the Big Thunder trail or the parade route along Matterhorn mountain. It’s been reported that Snow White Grotto and the Wishing well will still be accessible to visitors during the refurbishment.

According to OC Register, the castle will retain its color scheme of gray walls, pink towers, and bright blue roofs. The castle, designed with neo-romantic architecture, was inspired by Bavarian Neuschwanstein and French Chateau de Chenonceau castles, according to Disney.

“Sleeping Beauty Castle is the heart of Disneyland Park and is simply being refreshed,” said Walt Disney Imagineering art director Kim Irvine via email to OC Register. “It will remain the same beloved icon it is today when the refurbishment is complete.”

Beginning January 17, the construction will force the closure of the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough attraction. Word of the exact date the refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle will be completed in Spring 2019 is not yet known.

What are your thoughts on Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle temporarily closing for refurbishment? Let us know in the comments below!

24 Comments

  1. carolyn

    I’m horribly frustrated by their decision to do this now! I’ve never been to Disneyland and finally have the opportunity to go in early May…and now this! I know I will still enjoy myself, but so wanted to see the castle in all it’s glory!

  2. Kristen

    NOT happy. We are taking our first trip to Disneyland at the beginning of June. I will be so incredibly disappointed if the castle looks like this during our visit!!!!

  3. Renee

    It needs to be done. There will never be a perfect time for it, they simply can’t please everyone. The great thing about Disneyland is there’s so much more to it than just the castle!

  4. It could be a lot worse. I finally scored the time and money years ago to get all the way across the country and go to Disney World and the castle in the Magic Kingdom was TOTALLY OBSCURED by this horrible inflatable birthday cake thing.

    Anyway, yeah, it sucks if something’s down for refurb when you go but better that than the thing sustain unfixable structural damage and have to be like…totally rebuilt or something.

  5. Darcy

    Why does the article say closed til June when everything Disney says closed through spring?

  6. Tracey Snyder

    I can say I was disappointed reading this. This past week I booked my FIRST trip to Disneyland for early Feb – I live in Orlando & was told castle was awesome out there 😢

  7. Louise Di Trapani

    I understand no Bibbity Bobbity Boo Boutique 🙁 When we went in 2018 there was no main parade, no Dumbo, no vintage cars, no big ferris wheel plus many other attractions undergoing refurb. We had the best time still. It may be back open in May as Spring starts in USA March

  8. Emily

    I have never been to Disneyland and I will be going in February and I was looking forward to seeing the castle because sleeping beauty is one of my favorite disney princess movies and I probably will not be back for a very long time. But hopefully not much will be under construction when we go. But it was very disappointing when I ready this because that’s one thing we were all looking forward to.

  9. Darla

    Oh my goodness!! I feel the same way! I just saw this. We just started planning our 1st trip to Disneyland the first part of May. I couldn’t wait to see it and now, this! Makes me so sad!

  10. Darcy Lowe

    I thought I heard Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique was still open?

  11. Kathryn Jones

    Soo disappointed, I am from Australia and have been saving for a year to get my daughter and I there for her 21st Birthday . We arrive in March 2019. If I had have known this I would have defiantly gone over to WDW..
    This is the second time this has happened as I recently returned from Hong Kong and refurbishment to castle us also being done there too..

    USA is extremely expensive for us to get to due to exchange rates , so once in a lifetime trip will be about looking at a grey wall 😢

    Devastated 😓

  12. Paul Nguyen

    Hi, my name is Paul. What does that mean for the new nighttime show, Mickey’s Mix Magic at Disneyland, will there be fireworks and projections down Main Streets USA even there’s rumor that Sleeping Beauty castle is being renovated on Jan 17 until June?

  13. Cori

    The last day of spring is in June. Summer starts the 21st.

  14. Cori

    I read that the new nighttime show was only projections on Main Street, and with the fireworks on the nights fireworks are planned. Clearly they knew how to word that, since this was coming.

  15. Sean Sposato

    Darcy, after reviewing the article, it seems there was a mistake. The castle is supposed to be finished with its refurbishment by Spring 2019.

  16. Shana

    It has to get done some time to keep the quality of the park up. I try and research any possible clousures for our trips when I plan them. Some things I will reschedule the trip for and one thing would be for the castle closing. We moved our last trip up so we could eat at Ariels Grotto one last time before they closed it.

  17. TomM

    Spring ends June 21.

  18. Michaela

    Haha because June is “late spring” in Disney speak. I think this estimate is based on predicted Galaxy’s Edge openings.

  19. K

    It said spring was the estimated completion so I’d expect June to be fine….

  20. Jackie place

    So sad…we are taking our granddaughter for her first trip. We have saved for this trip, 8 of us traveling from the UK.
    It’s also our daughter 30th birthday.
    Sad..very sad.
    Park tickets are soooo expensive , they should reduce the price when major work is going on.
    We fly over in February.

  21. Mary

    Well……someone is taking the MAGIC OUT OF DISNEY PARKS.I just returned from WDW, and I was soooo disappointed. It all started when I got to “Old Key West Resort.” (I’m a member). Cream colored walls throughout the once beautiful colorful, happy apartments, were REFIRBISHED , to look like depressing low income housing , or a blah looking New York Hotel rooms. In the bathrooms, beautiful, vibrant colorful walltiles were taken down to replace it with sheetrock walls and subway tiles in the tub area, grey tile on the floor, and replaced the shower head (to supposedly save water,) but you’re in there 3 times as long to rinse off. Very frustrating, (when you want to hurry to go to the park). The beautifully tiled backsplash in the kitchen was taken down to be replaced with a boring white slab of marble. Carpeting and furniture in the bedroom and living room, brown and depressing. I hated to stay there, (after loving it and looking forward to going back). I can’t believe they would strip the tropical magical look from the resort. IN THE PARKS, WE WALKED IN PITCH DARKNESS. TWINKLING LIGHTS IN THE TREES WERE GONE. (Our trip was Dec. 17th to the 28th). Lots of rides were closed . Stores were scaled down of merchandise. Disney now reminds me of a Six Flags amusement park, ITS NICE, but the MAGIC IS GONE. Beverage, popcorn and ice cream carts were far and few throughout the parks. Never got to see one Spectacular Parade, and the Fireworks display was just not what it use to be. They shouldn’t fix what was not broken. Disney needs the OLD IMAGINEER TEAM ASAP. THE MAGIC IS SOO GONE.😱😰🥵🤬😡😩😭😤

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