It is time for another Paris post – more specificaly my first Disneyland Paris post! I cannot put into words how excited I was to visit this magical place. I have been visiting Disney World (in Orlando) for years, and love it so much. To be able to experience Disney in another part of the world was incredible, and I already look forward to going back someday. 🙂
I was most excited to see Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (translated to The Castle of the Beauty in the Sleeping Wood) or simply Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It is modeled after the original castle in Disneyland Anaheim but is actually twice the size! Similar to other Disney parks, the castle rests at the end of Main Street USA.
The inside of the castle is as impressive as the outside. Throughout my research, I read that designing this particular castle was extremely difficult due to the fact that Europe is already home to the most gorgeous castles – including the ones that inspired the existing Disney castles. It was even in consideration to not include a castle in Disneyland Paris to avoid the risk of disappointing European guests. However, Disneyland would not be Disneyland without a castle! Instead, Disney Imagineers created a beautiful, whimsical castle comparable to illustrations in a fairytale, as to not compete with actual French castles.
I loved walking through the castle and admiring all of the stained-glass windows. These windows tell the story of Sleeping Beauty through gorgeous artwork. They were actually designed with the help of Peter Chapman who assisted with restoring the stained-glass windows in the Notre Dame Cathedral.
Along with the stained-glass windows, storybooks help in telling the tale of Sleeping Beauty (in French of course.) Is it not the prettiest book you’ve ever seen?
There is even an actual spinning wheel. Disney never fails to make every experience realistic. Walking through the castle was magical and romantic! However, going into the dungeon was another experience.
I kid you not, there is a dragon (perhaps Maleficent) in the dungeon of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. The dragon lies fast asleep until it is woken by trespassers. In all honesty, I was a bit terrified! Nicolas can attest to this, as I gripped his arm extremely tight and stepped on his feet multiple times! The dungeon looks very much like a cave and has an eerie feel to it. It was chilly and dark, with a foggy mist rising from the pool that surrounds the dragon. This was one of the most impressive Disney attractions I have seen.
Have you visited Disneyland Paris? What was your favorite part? Stay tuned for more Disney and Paris posts. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend!