The Bedazzled Castle, Part 2
Yesterday, I mentioned my less than thrilled stance on the Disneyland 60th Anniversary castle makeover. The photo indicated was taken over a week and a half ago, and the castle has continued to evolve even in the limited time since then. The photos below were taken just this past Sunday and show additional details being added. In addition, I've zoomed in and taken more close-up shots of various features of the 60th Anniversary decorations.
My position remains unchanged. The aesthetic is definitely very gaudy, and not as elegant as I'd hope. This may have more to do with my general preference of style in general. As a person with an architectural design background from relatively recent schooling, I've definitely taken to cleaner, more modern looks. That's not to say that Sleeping Beauty Castle should look like a 21st century building, of course, but the key word is clean, and there is so much detail in these decorations, all of it glittery and sparkly and glowy, that it almost provides a sensory overload.
For a lot of people, though, I'll imagine that this is totally their cup of tea. Certainly, it is whimsical and fanciful and quite a sight to behold. There's nothing wrong about something looking fantastical. It's just that, in this case, I happen to think it looks too fantastical, to the point of silliness.
I'll let you be the judge, however. Take a look at the rest of the photos, including various detail shots, and tell me what you think!
|The Castle looks relatively nice from an overview perspective, as long as you don't look too closely at any item.
|I do like the banners with the Disney "D," and I don't mind that the fabric is a different shade of blue from the castle rooftops.
|I'm conflicted over the drapery, as it looks luxurious in concept but doesn't make much sense on a castle wall.
|Walking underneath the portcullis of the castle.
|These inverted diamond toppers are perhaps the most perplexing to me. I hope they integrate with some lighting effects for perhaps are part of the fireworks show Disneyland will be debuting for the 60th. Otherwise, they look a little absurd.
|Currently missing above the Disney crest is the large "60" medallion shown in concept art released by Disney.
|Close-ups really seem to reiterate the "bedazzled" concept.
|Diamonds are everywhere, and while the jewels are pretty on their own, together with everything else, they are a little visually overstimulating.
|It's as though the Castle has been giving a whole assortment of jewelry everywhere.
|The roof toppers look a little more naturally integrated now, instead of the fabric sleeves they resembled last month.
|Again, I do like the color scheme, though. The blue reinforces a notion of royalty.