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New Sleeping Beauty Castle decorations revealed!

Thursday, 19th February 2009 at 20:24

Mickey's Magical Party Castle decorationsBrand new decorations for Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant have today been exclusively revealed in a new concept image! They follow the subtle style of the 15th's character candles -- but with added ears.,

Amongst the resort’s marketing of the five key events of Mickey’s Magical Party, one aspect that comes packaged along with this kind of year-long celebration has been all but overlooked: the decorations.

We’ve already spied the lampposts backstage. Now for another overlay — the new decorations for Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant — which you might have already spotted in a grainy image in the background of the event’s website.

Luckily, magicforum exclusively revealed the full concept image earlier today!

Over the past months we’ve heard every angle that the Entertainment department could approach this with — from keeping the entire 15th Anniversary overlay (minus the “15”), to covering the towers and turrets with multicoloured streamers like those on the new Main Street, U.S.A. lampposts. Now, finally, the decision has been made — and here it is…

Mickey's Magical Party Castle decorations
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Give Sleeping Beauty Castle a quick glance from afar this year and you might not even notice any difference. Though the characters and their fifteen candles are almost all gone — only Tinkerbell, her sparkling wand and special confetti spray remain — in their place, subtle rings and hoops made up of golden “streamers” form the iconic three circles of Mickey Mouse on top of each turret.

In the middle, where the “15” emblem has stood for two years, a new centrepiece forms another Mickey Mouse shape out of two golden ears and a sparkling blue circle from which Donald, Mickey, Goofy and Pluto peer out. This design appears to be the same as already seen on the lampposts and in the larger versions of the Magical Party logo.

Compared against the current 15th Anniversary overlay, it’s certainly not the revolution some fans may have feared (and was actually originally proposed) but a far more respectful evolution of the same “hand-crafted” style the designers sought to achieve back in 2007.

15th Anniversary Castle decorations
Current 15th Anniversary overlay

However, while the oval “15” emblem was very sympathetic to the Imagineering creation behind it, the design and placement of the circular Mickey & Friends centrepiece placed in front of the oval/elliptical main window of the Castle for this new design has already been met with negativity from fans just in the brief time this concept has been online.

…As, in fact, has the whole idea of a Castle overlay for Mickey’s Magical Party itself. The feeling is summed up well by Kristof on magicforum, who concludes “Castle decorations should only be used in my opinion for truly remarkable occasions, like (and perhaps only) for the park’s anniversary.”

What’s your opinion of the new Mickey’s Magical Party overlay?

Visual © Disney, photo © DLRP Magic!.

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  • Why did they need to put a new logo on the Castle at all it does not add to the year it only makes the Castle seem fake and plastic like a child’s toy. If they want it to look fake ship to the USA,Tokyo or Hong Kong which where constructed out of cheaper fiberglass and other prefabricated items.

  • I would love to see the castle in its untouched way again. But apparently Disney is embarrassed of its most beautiful Disneyland Castle in the world.

  • i’m not sure why the castle has to be re-vamped every time there is a new marketing campaign or event? its so beautiful in its own right, i’d love to got o DLP one year, and see the castle in its natural state for once!

  • Even though it would be nice by itself, I do actually like it with the new decorations and cannot wait to see them when they are on the castle.

  • I agree with those saying that the Castle doesn’t need an overlay at all. As, in my opinion, as it is the most beautiful of all the Disney Parks, how about just some proper restoration work and a fresh coat of paint?

  • I’d love to see the castle with the streamers on the turrets that match the mainstreet lamppost decorations. =P

  • I would love to the castle without decoration, but it’s not bad that way, it’s cute actually :)

  • I have to agree with ‘Nine’, the castle is breautiful in it’s own right, a good lick of paint is all that’s needed, no ears or any other gimmicks.

  • The decorations destroy the scale of the castle, IMHO. E.g. Tinkerbell – a tiny character, and yet so large at the top of the castle… Diminishes the wonderful castle. (Just as that ugly huge Panoramagique balloon destroys the carefully planned scale and themeing of the hotels around the lake…)

  • I think the decorations would look good on the castle! But would anything special happen (like in the 15th with the candles lighting up) because I don’t see the point in putting up the decorations if nothing special is going to happen to them! Also, it has been ages since the castle was in it’s original state and it’s not an anniversary of the park so really you don’t need decorations on the castle until the next anniversary of Disneyland Resort Paris!

  • What exactly do the mickey streamers mean? Does each one symbolise 10 years of Mickey’s life? Or are they just there to symbolise nothing and make the castle look nicer? Usually decorations on the castle symbolise something like in candleabration with candles symbolising all 15 years of DLRP!

  • The nxt time Disney Paris has decorations on it, (which I think will b when the park is 20) I think the character candles should come back becuase they were really good and I would like to see them on the castle again!

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