A Castle of Dreams

Disneyland has been busy decorating its own castle in preparation for the upcoming 60th anniversary festivities, but lets take a moment to return to Europe and check out what I still consider the most beautiful Disney castle, Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle, in English).

This castle was designed to come out of a storybook.  Because of France's (and Europe's) rich history of having real castles, the designers at Walt Disney Imagineering knew that they couldn't construct a regular, rigid palace like they had at Disneyland or Disney World.  This had to be something that look ethereal... something out of a fantasy.  Something that couldn't be similarly visited just by hopping on a high speed train for a few hours. 

The result was pretty spectacular.  Disneyland Paris' castle is towering and elegant, beautifully slim and structurally imposing at the same time.  It's a wonderful backdrop for Disney Dreams at night, deceivingly cheerful cover for La Tanière du Dragon beneath, and splendid icon for the park.  Oh, how I wish I could go back already!

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