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Castle bridge under wraps as frost thaws

Saturday, 16th January 2010 at 20:42

Castle bridge under wraps as frost thawsDisneyland Paris may well enjoy the most varied seasonal differences of all the Disney resorts, but it has an expensive maintenance bill to pay in return. Latest project: the Castle bridge, wrapped in scaffolding with no warning...,

All that snow was a wonderful thing for desktop wallpapers, but what does it do to our delicate Disney theme parks? Could the fact that the bridge leading over to Sleeping Beauty Castle has suddenly just been prepared for refurbishment be linked to the icy conditions?

The scaffolding grew from around 5th January onwards and the bridge is now completely closed, as shown in these pictures from our new photo reporter, dlrpteam:

Castle bridge under wraps as frost thaws

It’s interesting to note that this refurbishment has not been announced in advance via the resort’s usual internal refurbishments calendar, which provides a much more detailed overlay of maintenance works than that provided by Disneyland Paris to visitors.

Despite that, the walls at the front of the bridge have now been covered by a very nicely-designed series of Sleeping Beauty graphics, which must suggest at least some forward planning:

Castle bridge under wraps as frost thaws

They include one of the Castle itself, reminiscent of the old Euro Disney branding:

Castle bridge under wraps as frost thaws

Long-time readers will know that we’ve been here before. In February 2008, the bridge was given a scaffolding overlay for several weeks before being uncovered looking fresh and good-as-new.

Back then, rumour was rife that the work could be due to freeze-rot in the concrete of the structure — a process where water fills existing cracks, freezes and expands, gradually making the cracks bigger. If this process was left untreated, causing considerable damage, it could get to a point where the bridge needed much more than simple repair work.

Whilst this theory is again only speculation, the sudden renovation project — with those enormous walls — does look to be on rather an imposing scale indeed. Its absence from the internal refurbishment schedules also means no end date can currently be confirmed.

Pictures: Dlrpteam for DLRP Today.

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  • At least it’s happening in the less popular period of the year.

  • Is it possible to get a picture of you and the castle, without seeing the refurb work?

    We’re heading there in Feb half term, so were wondering about its impact?

  • Yes Mark, there are still plenty of places for photos. Two great locations: To the left of the castle, on the path leading past Adventureland to the side entrance of Fantasyland; or on the balcony/raised platform at the back of Royal Castle Stage/Theatre du Chateau on the right of the castle, as you walk past Discoveryland.

    The Castle itself is also still open (for the gallery and two shops), accessible from Fantasyland.

  • Sorry for all the questions, but with a long distance shot of it; is the screening such that you can’t see much of a difference?

    Similarly, on a totally unrelated note; do you by any chance know how much Castle Club rooms cost in comparison to the normal ones?

  • Hi!
    I am heading to DLP for half-term too – has anyone heard when this will be finished?


  • It is a shame for people visiting for the first time, but as said before, you can take good photos from other viewpoints, rather than from the front. I guess it will take as long as necessary.

  • has any one any latest news on this ??? we are due to travel 5th march and will be very dissapointed not to go in.


  • For i heard it will be closed in February and March 2010

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