Disney Parks Castles

The Walt Disney Company has six parks around the world. Each park has a special themed castle that are similar but at the same time very unique.  In this post, I’ll be explaining about each of the Disney parks castles:

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  1. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland – Anaheim): Sleeping Beauty’s castle in the original Disney park, Disneyland in Anaheim is special because it’s the only one Walt Disney got to fully work on and experience. This castle stands at 77 ft tall. It has a drawbridge in the front that has only been used twice: when Disneyland officially opened in 1955 and when the new Fantasyland opened in 1983. Another thing that people may not know if that there’s a Sleeping Beauty walk through in which you get to experience the story in a unique way. You get to read through the story as you watch different animated scenes in the walk through. And the music is just absolutely beautiful. The location of Sleeping Beauty’s castle is a popular location to watch Disneyland firework shows. Because this castle is the original, just like the park itself, I find it the most special.cinderellacastle2(Photo: more-sky.com)
  2. Cinderella Castle (Magic Kingdom – Orlando): At the end of Main Street at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom stands Cinderella’s Castle which stands 183 ft tall. The construction of the castle finished in July of 1971, the park opened on October 1, 1971. Some of the castle’s look was inspired by the Palace of Versailles in France. You can dine at Cinderella’s Royal table, with so many choices of delicious food and dessert.. you might want to try the Chocolate Slipper dessert, either with white or dark chocolate with icing inside.. amazing! And you never know when your favorite Disney princess might stop by. There is also a dream suite located in Cinderella’s Castle. which was built in 2006. A couple more facts; the castle has 3 elevators, the drawbridge does not raise, and the stage in front of the castle is used for shows and holiday events.tdl002155large(Photo: Disney Parks Blog)
  3. Cinderella Castle (Tokyo Disneyland): The Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland is not as tall as the one in Walt Disney World, it still stands at an impressive 168 ft tall. The castle has Cinderella’s Fairy Tale hall, where you can walk the castle and see beautiful paintings and artwork that follow her story.hongkong(Photo: thedlandinsider.blogspot.com)
  4. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Hong Kong Disneyland): This castle is Disneyland castle’s twin. It pretty much is spot on. This castle stands at 77 ft as well with less trees surrounding it’s view. However, beginning in 2018 Hong Kong Disneyland will be getting an all new castle. From the looks on the artwork on the Disney Parks Blog, the castle will still have familiar features from the original Disneyland castle but will be expanded into a much larger castle. Besides the expansion of the castle, Hong Kong Disneyland plan on bringing in two new themed areas based on Frozen and Marvel.n024777_2023oct25_le-chateau-de-la-belle-au-bois-dormant_16-9(Photo: disneylandparis.co.uk)
  5. Sleeping Beauty Castle (Disneyland Paris): Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland Paris measures at 160 ft tall. It also has a gorgeous walk through that takes you into the story of Sleeping Beauty. What makes this castle unique is Dragon Lair which is located underneath the castle. Inside you’ll find a life size animatronic dragon!shdr-att-enchanted-storybook-castle-hero-new(Photo: shanghaidisneyresort.com)
  6. Enchanted Storybook Castle (Shanghai Disneyland): Last but not least, the latest Disney Parks castle is Enchanted Storybook Castle. It’s the tallest out of all of the Disney Parks castles measuring almost at 197 ft tall. The castle is not themed after one princess but represents all of them. You’ll find the restaurant Royal Banquet Hall inside. Also, there are 2 attractions: ‘Once Upon a Time’  Adventure which is a unique Snow White walk through with interactive scenes with impressive technology. The other attraction in the castle is Voyage to the Crystal Grotto. It’s a boat ride that starts outside of the castle then moves beneath the castle and takes you through different Disney movies such as Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, and so much more. This ride is similar to Storybook Land Canal at Disneyland but much more upgraded.

I hope you enjoyed this post on the Disney Parks castles around the world! Which castle is your favorite or which ones have you visited?

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The Main Street Electrical Parade Commercial

As many of you have seen already, Disney released a brand new commercial in honor of the Main Street Electrical Parade coming back home to Disneyland on January 20th! This commercial is probably one of the best commercials Disney has ever released. You will appreciate it especially if you’re an older Disney fan who grew up in the parks.. this commercial brings back some serious nostalgia! It takes you on a quick look through old attractions which is amazing. Well done Disney! If you haven’t seen the commercial, watch it below and then I will go through a quick analysis:

Now let’s take a closer look at the commercial:1At the start, the woman, who I assume is either an imagineer or a castmember, enter this warehouse looking building. You’ll see the numbers 64658, which is the zip code to Marceline, Missouri (Walt Disney’s hometown).2aAs the doors begin to open, you’ll see Skull Rock from Disney’s classic Peter Pan. Skull Rock was a restaurant that used to be in Fantasyland in the 60’s. 3aThe first thing that caught my eye in this scene is the original Disneyland sign! That one was around from 1958 to 1989. I wrote about it here if you’re interested. In the middle at the top, you’ll see a Skyway bucket which is from the Skyway attraction that ran from 1956-1994. When riding the Skyway, guests could travel up across the park and even through the Matterhorn. I wrote about that attraction here. To the left of the bucket, you’ll see the Rocket Jets from Tomorrowland. The attraction lasted for about 30 years (1967-1997). A similar attraction we have now is Astro Orbitor, which is at the entrance of Tomorowland. Next, you’ll see old lamp posts from Main Street I’m assuming. Shift your eyes diagonal right, you’ll see a sea creature from Submarine Voyage (now Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage). You’ll see to the right the microscope you enter in the Adventures Thru Inner Space attraction from Tomorrowland (Star Tours is now located there). And to the bottom right, you’ll see Dumbo. I believe this is from the 50th Anniversary. Back in 2005, one Dumbo was painted gold in honor of the 50th Anniversary. 4bTo the right, you’ll see an old Popcorn cart from Main Street and to the left you’ll see old costume heads from the America On Parade.4aNotice that little guy on the right? That’s Captain Rex from Star Tours.  You’ll even hear an old Star Tours sound during this scene. To the left is an old Autopia car.5aAt the top where the arrow is pointing, I’m assuming that is an old tea cup from the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland. Below it is an old Peoplemover Vehicle from Tomorrowland. To the right, the BTR symbol is something from Big Thunder Ranch. Below that is an eagle from America Sings6aThis one is an easy one.. that’s the Yetti from Matterhorn Bobsleds. His name is “Harold” as cast members would call him. 7aIn this scene, you’ll see to the left another look at a Peoplemover vehicle, familiar Princess dresses and a Flying saucer that flies across the screen from the Flying Saucers attraction in the 60’s from Tomorrowland (that attraction only existed for less than 6 years). 7bIn the same scene, you’ll notice a bunch of old attraction posters in the back. Starting from the left, it’s not that clear but it’s the Country Bear Jamboree. To the right of that, you’ll see the Alice in Wonderland attraction. Next to that is the Jungle Cruise, right next to that one is Astro-Jets (very hard to tell but I’m pretty sure). Down below, is the Dumbo attraction. 8aHere you’ll see the attraction poster for the original Tom Sawyer Island. Next to that is the poster for the Mickey Mouse Club Theater in Fantasyland. It opened in 1955, then changed to the Fantasyland Theater in 1964. It closed in 1981 and became Pinocchio’s Daring Journey attraction in 1983. To poster on the right is the original Submarine Voyage.9The last scene, the point of this commercial, shows the woman putting a light bulb on which happens to be Elliot from Pete’s Dragon. The shot zooms out and we see all of the original floats from the Main Street Electrical Parade! It is absolutely breathtaking and just brings back so many memories. That was all of the things I could point out, let me know if I missed anything!Although I’m sad Paint the Night ended it’s run last night, I’m excited that this parade is coming back home. Wish there was a way both parades can stay but this will be great! I feel like this commercial made me feel better and more excited that it’s coming back! Hope you enjoyed this post! What are your thoughts on the parade?

The Walt Disney Family Museum


Hi everyone! On Monday, September 5th, I got the opportunity to visit The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco, CA. Besides it being my birthday, it was also a way to celebrate the last day of Disneyland’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. Anyone who is a fan of Disney, wants to learn more about the life of Walt Disney or how the Walt Disney company came about needs to make a visit here a priority! The museum was founded by Diane Disney Miller, who was the daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney. It opened on October 1, 2009. The museum not only has hundreds of memorabilia of Walt but also tells a story of his life as you walk in each of the galleries. I recorded the video above on some highlights of the museum. I also took some photos that I’d like to share:

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At the entrance of The Walt Disney Family Museum.

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A model of the kind of ambulance Walt Disney drove when he was an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in World War 1.

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Here’s a look at many of the early Mickey Mouse merchandise.

img_0738Steamboat Willie film stills displayed on a storyboard like wall. Steamboat Willie debuted in 1928 which is the first public appearance from Mickey Mouse.

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was created by Walt Disney and Ub lwerks. Oswald was Walt’s first hit animated character. In 1928, Walt unfortunately lost Oswald to another company. Losing Oswald inspired Walt to create Mickey Mouse in 1928. Luckily, The Walt Disney Company gained the rights back of Oswald in 2006. Today, you’ll find many Oswald merchandise at Disney Parks around the world and maybe even catch him around the parks.

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I know it’s been said that “it all started with a mouse“, in fact it all started with this drawing right here! This is the earliest drawing of Mickey Mouse back in 1928.

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Possibly my favorite feature at The Walt Disney Family Museum! Being a lifelong fan of Disneyland, this work of art captures my heart! This model is “The Disneyland of Walt’s Imagination.” It represents the park from opening day up until the end of Walt’s life. Including attractions that were present or in development, nothing beyond that. This model has so much detail, it’s crazy beautiful!

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Here’s a closer look at the entrance of Disneyland and a look down Main Street. You’ll have to spend hours looking at the model to get every detail. You may even spot Walt entering Fantasyland or riding on one of the Autopia cars 😉

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 Something else you should pay attention to is the numerous footage shown around the model and around the Disneyland & Beyond gallery. You’ll see clips from Disneyland and also clips from Walt’s TV show “The Wonderful World of Color”.

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An original Autopia car!

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Standing in front of Walt Disney’s Oscar Awards!

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Walt Disney’s furniture from his apartment at Disneyland. His apartment was located at the top of the Fire Department right on Main Street.

Halloween time returns at Disneyland

The Halloween season is coming back to the Disneyland Resort as well as Mickey’s Halloween Party on September 9th through October 31st. Enjoy seeing the park filled with Halloween decorations as well as the season’s favorite attractions such as Haunted Mansion Holiday, Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and the Halloween Screams fireworks! Please know that there is a difference between regular park tickets and special event tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party. A regular park ticket doesn’t get you in Mickey’s Halloween Party dates.

Disney Parks Blog posted this information:

  • July 21: Tickets on sale to Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders, Disney Rewards Visacard holders and Disney Vacation Club members

  • July 28: Tickets on sale to general public

  • Mickey’s Halloween Party 2016 dates: Friday, Sept. 23; Monday, Sept. 26; Wednesday, Sept. 28; Friday, Sept. 30; Monday, Oct. 3; Wednesday, Oct. 5; Friday, Oct. 7; Monday, Oct. 10; Wednesday, Oct. 12; Friday, Oct. 14; Monday, Oct. 17; Wednesday, Oct. 19; Friday, Oct. 21; Monday, Oct. 24; Wednesday, Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 29; and Monday, Oct. 31

Parking is not included in the ticket price and parking fees will apply. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a nonsmoking event. Smoking will be permitted in designated areas outside Disneyland Park in the Main Entrance Plaza.

Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are subject to availability and are valid only for specific event dates and hours. Space is limited and event dates may sell out. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be resold. Tickets are not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Costumes subject to Disney guidelines and should not be obstructive or offensive. Parking is not included. Subject to restrictions and change without notice. Entertainment may be cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise.

I have never gotten to experience the Halloween season at Disneyland yet which makes me very sad! However, I did experience Haunted Mansion Holiday which is incredible!!! I have yet to see the giant Mickey jack-o-latern and ride Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy! I have gone on every holiday but Halloween, hoping to this year!

Disneyland Paris: “Mickey and the Magician”

I just now got around to watching “Mickey and the Magician”, the new show at Disneyland Paris. It debuted on July 2nd. In the show, Mickey is an assistant to a magician. The show opens up with Tinker Bell flying across the magician’s room, then eventually Mickey appears. Characters you’ll see in the show are Cinderella, The Fairy Godmother, Belle and the Beast, the Genie from Aladdin, Olaf, Elsa and more. Check out this video below by ToonStudiosProd.


Here’s some things I’d like to point out on the show: I really enjoyed the Genie performing and dancing with Mickey to “Friend Like Me”! I loved all the magic tricks he did, especially the illusion of the box floating. The dance number with all of the dancers was great. The Fairy Godmother performing “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” was also great. I thought it was cool how she had the dress appear right before your eyes on the mannequin and then the butterflies carry the sheet over it and had Cinderella appear, thought that was a cool entrance. I absolutely loved Beauty and the Beast dancing to “Tale As Old As Time”. That is one of the BEST classic Disney songs ever! I’m fascinated at how the screen was put together in the background. The screen is a rotating background of glass windows as if they’re dancing in the ballroom just like the movie. Pretty cool. And of course, it’s not a show without Frozen. Olaf and Elsa appear with Mickey. One thing you have to know about me is that I LOVE the music to Frozen. “In Summer” plays in the background as Olaf is talking and when Elsa comes in the “Winter’s Waltz” music plays. “Winter’s Waltz” is one of my favorites, it’s so beautiful! Elsa sings “Let It Go” as usual. Her dress transformation was impressive.

There you have my highlights from the show. I think it’s a very well put together show. The music choices were great, they stuck to the classic Disney songs. The stage set up and use of props were awesome. It felt like watching a classic Disney show or something like Broadway. Oh and I am now obsessed with the show’s theme “Let the Magic Shine”!!!

DCA’s CALIFORNIA letters at California State Fair

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For those of you who are visiting the California State Fair in Sacramento this July, you might want to check this out! If you didn’t know, the CALIFORNIA letters that were once at the entrance of Disney California Adventure park stand at the California State Fair’s Main Gate. The Disneyland Resort donated the letters in May 2012. Each of the letters are 11 feet, 8 inches tall and weigh between 5,000 to 13,000 pounds.


Here’s the old entrance to Disney California Adventure Park.
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Disney California Adventure park opened on February 8, 2001. The overall theme of the park used to celebrate modern day California. Guests would walk underneath the Golden Gate Bridge and could possibly catch the monorail passing through. It was as if you were walking into the beautiful city of San Francisco. Continuing down the park, you would see the giant sun icon which welcomed guests into Sunshine Plaza. It used to be the centerpiece of the park and was recently donated to the City of Anaheim.

Construction began in July 2009. The park reopened on June 15, 2012. The Buena Vista Street entrance now takes you on a journey back in time to the glorious days of Hollywood in the 1920’s. The newly improved and redesign of Disney California Adventure continues on the legacy of Walt Disney to when he first came to California to begin his career in Hollywood.

So I thought I’d give a little history on Disney California Adventure for those of you visiting the California State Fair and see the letters! I miss seeing those letters at the entrance of the park but it’s cool to have a piece of Disneyland right in Sacramento!