Sleeping Beauty Castle (French: Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant) is the iconic centerpiece of Disneyland Paris. This beautiful castle represents the 1959 animated film, Sleeping Beauty, but even though this Princess has Castle in the original Disneyland Park, the design of this one is unique to the Disney Parks.
When designing the castle, Imagineering felt that the European audience needed something different since real castles are somewhat common in the area. Many approaches were looked at but the team went with Imagineer Tom Morris‘ approach to exaggerate elements from French landmarks such as the island and greenery along the sides of Normandy’s Mont Saint-Michel. The square-shaped trees are direct references to those found near King Stefan’s Castle in the 1959 film.
Another unique aspect to this castle is the interior which features La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant, an open gallery with beautiful stained glass panels, exhibits, and a terrace. In the castle’s dungeon, you’ll find La Tanière du Dragon, Maleficent’s liar where a real-life (animatronic) dragon lives.
Be sure to take a look at the other iconic Disney Parks castles:
- Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland Park)
- Castle of Magical Dreams
- Cinderella Castle (Magic Kingdom)
- Cinderella Castle (Tokyo Disneyland)
- Enchanted Storybook Castle
This location is mentioned in our blog post: A Photo Tour Of The BoardWalk’s Hidden Disney Castles
Official Information: DisneylandParis.com