For months, Disneyland’s timeless, iconic centerpiece Sleeping Beauty Castle has been closed for refurbishment. Now, the castle has been reimagined with a whole new look, and it is finally reopened to the public for all guests to see and enjoy.
Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle originally closed back in January as part of a park-wide enhancement project called Project Stardust. These enhancements have included not only the reimagining of Sleeping Beauty Castle but also the renovation of the Adventureland entrance sign and the construction of an all-new parking structure, among other improvements that coincide with preparation for the grand opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on May 31. Back in January when Disney announced the renovation of Sleeping Beauty Castle, the company shared concept art that would hint at the castle’s new look, which looks pretty spot-on to how the castle actually turned out. You can view the history of Sleeping Beauty Castle and the concept art for the reimagined look in this Walt Disney Imagineering video below:
We have to agree with Disney on this one: Sleeping Beauty Castle is a beloved Disney icon, one of the most popular photo spots in the world, and something that we hope is cherished and maintained for decades to come. So when we saw the new look for Sleeping Beauty Castle, we were pretty surprised by fan reactions. Sure, it may look different than the original, but the bright colors are a breath of fresh air in this busy Southern California theme park. Take a look at a side-by-side comparison of the newly re-imagined Sleeping Beauty Castle compared to how it looked in 2018:
The differences aren’t major to someone who only visits Disneyland every few years or once a decade, but to an annual Passholder or avid Disney fan, the color change is pretty major. The pink is a lot more vibrant, and the blue rooftops are brighter and even contain hints of pixie dust. Admittedly, we think the new castle is even more of a nod to the original “Sleeping Beauty” film, as the colors more closely resemble Aurora’s pink and blue dresses.
Even though many Disney fans aren’t happy about the Imagineers’ decision to reimagine Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, Disney castle refurbishments like this one are nothing new. Hong Kong Disneyland has been undergoing major parkwide changes for the past couple of years, particularly when it comes to that park’s centerpiece, which is also Sleeping Beauty Castle. And with the dazzling spectacle of the Disneyland 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration long gone, it’s only natural for the Imagineers to want to give Disneyland’s pride and joy a much-needed sprucing up.
Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, complete with the “Sleeping Beauty”-themed castle walkthrough attraction, is now open and available for the enjoyment of all guests.