Le Château returns… but not for long

Saturday, 21st March 2009 at 23:01

Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois DormantThe past two weeks have seen Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant lose its 15th Anniversary overlay and return to normal, prompting the question: will the Mickey's Magical Party makeover still go ahead?,

Without the “15” plaque covering the main window, without the greying statues of Donald Duck, Buzz Lightyear and more, without a giant Tinkerbell dwarfing its highest tower… for just over a week, fans and guests have had a small window of opportunity not seen for over two years — and not about to be seen again for another year.

To see Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant as the Imagineers intended it…

Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
11th March 2009

Well, almost. With most of the statues replaced by the original spires, coated in gold leaf, and some remaining, it was clear just how badly the 15th Anniversary decorations had lost their shine during their extended two-year stay.

Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
14th March 2009

The entire lot were eventually removed late last week, though Tinkerbell — and her golden trail which wrapped around the top of the Castle — had already disappeared sometime before. Looking closer, it was clear that the supports for these elements were retained.

Dashing many fans’ brief hopes for a “regular” Castle and, just as the concept image for the Mickey’s Magical Party castle decorations promised, the crane reappeared over Sleeping Beauty Castle last night to re-install a cleaned-up and repainted Tink…

Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant
21st March 2009

The golden trail has also returned, circling up the tallest tower, and Tink’s wand has been connected back into the small pipe which fed confetti up to burst out during Candleabration. It’s unknown if this effect will be reused for any element of Mickey’s Magical Party.

According to the concept, we should also be seeing the spire tops replaced again by similar-looking golden ornaments in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head, along with a new oval-shaped golden ring around the main window with Mickey, Goofy, Donald and Pluto peering out. Only time will tell if the original, gleaming spires were returned for good, or simply as temporary place-holders…

Photos 1-2: BOLT, Photo 3: djbass, Photo 4: julien59, Disney Central Plaza forum.

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Comments

  • I REALLY hope they decide against the awful decorations, please please please! Le Château will look soooo much better without them!

  • i think all the extra decorations are really fab. i have two children that love all the glitter and glam…long may it continue.

  • I just hope that soon we’ll be able to see the castle in its original shape, possibly repainted from top to bottom, in order for it to regain its storybook flavour… And it has to happen soon, because I guess in 2012 it will be covered with new decorations to celebrate the 20th anniversary… I’m also eagerly waiting for announcements about new attractions at Disneyland Park, but that’s another story…

  • The decorations shouldn’t be on that castle because they don’t mean anything! They’re just on the castle to make it look nicer! I think that when these decorations come off the castle, the castle should reamin in it’s original form until 2012 where i think the character candles should return!

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