Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through Re-opens

Laughingplace.com has excellent photos and a video of the newly re-opened Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-Through at Disneyland. From what I can tell, the new attraction lacks some of the quaint appeal of the old version, but more than makes up for it with new special effects enhanced story telling. Check it out.

Here are the details from the official press release:

The interior of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, long closed to guests, has “reawakened” in time for the holidays. A vibrant new version of the classic walkthrough attraction features colorful scenes of Aurora, her gallant prince, the evil Maleficent and other characters from the beloved fairy tale film.

This revived Sleeping Beauty Castle “show” differs from the window-display dioramas which could be seen in the castle during the 1980s and ’90s. It takes its inspiration from the unique style of the original Disneyland castle walkthrough attraction of 1957, co-designed by animation art director and color stylist Eyvind Earle, who was credited with giving the motion picture “Sleeping Beauty” its distinctive and colorful look of storybook illustrations in medieval style.

Enhanced with new scenes and special-effects magic, the re-Imagineered attraction employs technology not available in the 1950s to tell the story of Sleeping Beauty, including the magic of good fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, and the more sinister spells of the evil Maleficent.

For the first time, guests who are unable to climb stairs or navigate the passageways of the Castle will be able to experience the walkthrough “virtually” in a special room on the ground floor of the Castle

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