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.
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.
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.