Disneyland has released a photo this morning of Sleeping Beauty Castle, stating that the reopening date is set for May 24th. This photo comes just a day after we brought you a look at the Disneyland icon with the scrims removed.
In an article posted by the OC Register, lead Imagineer on the project Kim Irvine, talks about the need to keep Sleeping Beauty Castle the iconic structure that it is as Disneyland continues to grow.
“People get used to seeing it faded,” Irvine said. “Even if we painted it the original colors, it would look strikingly different. These are not far off of the original colors at all. The only thing that’s quite a bit different is the roof. The pinks are all very much the same and the trim colors are exactly the same.”
“She is the first. She is perfect just the way she is,” Irvine said. “She’s Walt’s castle so she will always stay the same.”
“All our other castles keep getting bigger with more towers,” Irvine said. “Even our sister castle in Hong Kong, they’re adding onto it and making it gigantic. We’re never going to do that to our castle. It’s always going to be this little castle. It’s the charm and the centerpiece of Disneyland. But what we can do is push the colors a little bit more and add a little pixie dust.”
Here’s a look back at Sleeping Beauty Castle from our visit to Disneyland in July 2018 for comparison (keeping in mind differences in lighting, etc).