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Disney Castle’s Around the World.
Disney Castle’s around the world come in different designs, shapes and sizes. I have put together some statistics and facts about all six Disney Castles. More to compare the styles and design than to compete. So in chronological order of opening date here is my list and some fun facts about the castles.
Situated in Fantasy Land Anaheim California The Sleeping Beauty Castle was the first built by Disney and opened in 1955 and closed for refurbishment in 2018 and is now called Castle of Magical dreams (however Sleeping Beauty Castle will probably always be in our hearts) .
The design of this castle and that of the one in the film Sleeping Beauty are very different, the name however came due to the walk through section being based on the Sleeping Beauty story. It is actually only 77ft (23 metres) tall; however the design cleverly leads you to believe it is much taller. Although the Castle had an upper level it was left empty by the designers and Walt himself challenged his imagineers to find use for the space.
The walk through part of the Castle opened in 1957 and was closed in 2001 for unspecified reasons; however the walk through re-opened in 2008 to lines of people as far back as the main hub of the park.
Possibly the most famous of all the Disney Castles but only the second tallest at 189ft (58 metres) Disney’s Cinderella Castle in The Magic Kingdom Orlando Florida is a wonderful spectacle of engineering and design. The castle was completed in 1971 and the height is based from the water level in the Moat that surrounds it, however if you take the depth of the moat to actual ground level then the castle is actually 6ft taller than stated (just to be pedantic).
This truly is a fairy tale castle; you can eat at Cinderella’s Table and watch the fireworks from a dining table overlooking Tomorrow Land. As soon as you enter the courtyard entrance of The Magic Kingdom you get to feast your eyes down the length of Main Street U.S.A. and there in the distance you see your first glimpse of this imposing and magical castle. Make sure you get that photo with the castle as a backdrop.
As the night falls you get to revel in the 16 million colored lights that illuminate the exterior. The Castle also become the center piece for the night time spectacular fireworks show as projections and lighting transform for your delight.
1983 saw the rise of another Cinderella castle, this one in Tokyo. Standing at 168ft (51 metres) it is shorter than Orlando however none the less imposing. It was originally built as a near copy of the castle at The Magic Kingdom Disney World but has undergone a transformation; with a different color scheme and gold trimmings to differentiate it from its predecessor. As part of its 35th anniversary celebrations in 2018 the castle had fountains installed. There is also a new night time spectacular.
Disney opened its Euro Disney Park (later to be re-named Disneyland Paris). In 1992 and we saw a second Sleeping Beauty Themed Castle. The castles French styled architecture with elements of French Castles and monuments added to the Sleeping Beauty theme gives this castle a difference that defines its overall beauty.
I think this castle is probably one of the prettiest and really sets itself apart from the others. Standing at 167ft (51 Metres) it is the central icon that sits at the end of Main Street in the main park. The fireworks spectacular include some of the newer films like Frozen, Pirates of The Caribbean and Star Wars and it truly is a must see.
First opened in 2005 the original Disney castle was based on the Castle at Disney Land California and stood 77ft (23 Metres) however this is the first and so far only Disney Castle that has been retired! Set to open in 2023 Disney’s Yesterland in the Honk Kong Park a new Castle will appear. It will become another Castle of Magical Dreams and is set to be 167ft (51 metres) so it will match Paris and Tokyo in height. A ne spectacular will be presented and the design is set to astonish, so here’s to waiting!
Shanghai China sees the largest of all the Castles coming in at 197ft (nearly 60 metres) tall. Over 600 tonnes of steel was used in the construction and it has 27 towers. The moat holds nearly 3.4 million gallons of water. It represents all of the Disney Princesses and first opened in 2016. Its design is set so it represents the Castles from other parks and yet stands out on its own. The Disney Enchanted Story Book Theme is the setting for this beautiful and inspiring castle. There is even a boat themed attraction inside this castle. It is as they say ‘Authentically Disney, Distinctly Chinese ’.
So, there we have a quick round up of all the Disney Castles around the world.
I hope that you found it all as fascinating as me?