Mold Infestation Heads for Infamous Disney Castle, Heavy Damage Detected

in Disney Parks, Disneyland Paris

The magic fades: a stunning view of a fairy tale castle contrasted with a circled inset showing a grimy, moldy wall, revealing the less enchanting realities that can lurk behind the scenes.

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Things are a little soggy at Disneyland Paris, and it does not present good news for Sleeping Beauty Castle.

While it can rain at any Disney park, most guests would assume that when they arrive at an indoor location, they will be sheltered from the rain. This is true for a majority of the time, except in La Boutique du Château.

A bustling day at disneyland with visitors enjoying the view of the iconic fairy tale castle.
Credit: Leo Rod, Flickr

It has been a long time since we have been sharing the extensive leak issues and water damage inside of La Boutique du Château, which is the Christmas store that lives inside of the castle. With such a coveted location, the store could get a lot of foot traffic each day, however, its current state makes it less than desirable to visit.

Disneyland Paris reporter Cave 0f Wonders shared a video of the store from today on X (formally Twitter), and if you did not know that this was a sheltered store you would think that this footage was taken outside. Water is pouring in from all sections of the store, and now, nearly everything has to be covered to protect the merchandise. It really does look like the iconic water leak scene from Sword and the Stone. 

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Our most recent update on the location showed that there were sections of the store covered and a bucket to collect some rainwater, but it was certainly not as bad as to have the entire store basically inoperable. This has been the state of La Boutique du Château, and for some reason, Disneyland Paris does not seem to want to fix the issue. 

We recently saw that Disneyland Paris redid the castle turrets, which were burned and discolored from the firework pyro, but the water damage is on the lower end of priorities, reportedly.

It has been quite a rainy time over at Disneyland Paris for the past few days, which has made the water leaks much worse. That being said, the store is still open for guests who want to brave the new water attraction at Disneyland Paris.

disneyland paris
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Experts report that water damage can lead to severe structural issues:

Water can seep into the tiniest cracks and crevices of your home, compromising its structural integrity over time. Here’s how water damage can silently erode the stability of your property:

  • Weakening of Building Materials: Continuous exposure to water weakens wood, drywall, and other building materials. Over time, this can lead to warping, sagging, and even structural collapse.
  • Foundation Damage: Excessive moisture can seep into the foundation, causing it to crack and shift. This jeopardizes the stability of your entire home, leading to costly foundation repairs.
  • Rot and Decay: Moisture trapped within walls and floors creates an ideal environment for rot and decay. This can impact load-bearing structures, compromising the integrity of your home.
  • Electrical Hazards: Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. Water infiltrates electrical systems can cause short circuits and electrical fires, posing a severe safety risk to occupants.

It can also create mold, which is a major health hazard, which has been found in Disneyland Paris hotel rooms in the recent months. 

Disneyland Paris has been running into capacity issues as of late. During the past weekend, all guests were actually asked to not go to Walt Disney Studios Park if they had a park hopper due to the crowds. 

The front entrance to Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris
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Guests were asked to come back later, and to visit Disneyland Park first. Those crowds will only pick up at Studio 1 is set to close this month for the next year, which will reroute all guests entering and leaving the park. On top of that, there is a lot of construction in the theme park as the new Frozen land is still underway, which Disney CEO Bob Iger reiterated during the Shareholder’s Meeting call this week.

He also ignored the fact that there was supposed to be a Star Wars expansion in that area as well. 

The Disneyland Hotel is also experiencing capacity issues, but not for rooms. It seems that there have been too many guests who have wanted to see the newly refurbished lobby after years of closure. This had caused so much chaos that guests staying at the hotel were not even able to make it back to their rooms due to crowding, so now, the hotel has a virtual queue for Disneyland guests without a room wanting to take a look at the new hotel.

 What do you think of the water issues in Sleeping Beauty Castle? Should Disney do something to fix it? 

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