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Giant Sleeping Beauty sand castle sculpted along banks of the Seine for Paris Plages

Monday, 1st August 2011 at 12:52

What’s the best thing to do in Paris during Summer? Why, visit the beach of course! That’s Paris Plages, now an annual Summer tradition as familiar as being stuck in a sweaty Métro carriage with someone blasting accordion music over a cassette player. For one month, stretches of the River Seine in the heart of the city are transformed into artificial beaches for everyone to enjoy, with sporting events, sun loungers and more. This year, even Disneyland Paris has got involved, bringing along a mighty bucket and spade to build a giant sand sculpture of Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant! The unique “sand castle” was inaugurated with a special ceremony starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse themselves, dressed in colourful Hawaiian designs, to the music of the old Lilo & Stitch Catch the Wave Party show.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Paris Plages

The 16-foot sculpture, which took 300 hours to build using 60 tons of natural sand, will be on display until 21st August. You’ll find it right at the heart of Paris Plages, next to the Pont Notre-Dame just off Voie Georges Pompidou and only a short walk from Châtelet-les-Halles station, which is on the RER A line from Disneyland (Marne-la-Vallée/Chessy) itself.

This is our second giant sand castle of the year, after the one at the huge Sand Sculpture Festival at Blankenberge in Belgium. Both sand-related events have made it onto the Disney Parks Blog, which we gladly notice has recently started to share more news from Paris. In their article about the superior Blankenberge event, they linked to a fantastic online virtual tour set up by the organisers, which lets you explore the entire exhibition of Disney sand sculptures without ever leaving your house. Which, considering the “Summer” weather a lot of us have had so far, is very welcome indeed.

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  • The castle looks nothing like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

  • I agree with Emma and say that the castle looks nothing like the one in paris, but it does look like the disneyland california and disneyworld florida

  • Its a good sand sculpture. But I agree with Emma and I wonder… with saying that it looks nothing like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

  • It would be practically impossible for this to be a scale copy of “Le Chateau”! The real castle has incredibly slender towers and turrets that, if sculpted out of sand, would topple with the faintest gust of wind coming off the Seine!

    Like the castle at Blankenberge, this has been made much shorter and fatter with a little artistic license, but still retains many of the familiar design features such as the forest-like supports under the top balcony.

  • Thanks for posting.
    Considering how many Parisiens seem to resent Disneyland Paris, I’m surprised that it is still standing!
    No, not really like the castle in DLP, but a nice idea all the same.

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