Disneyland - The Domineering Castle?

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    One thing I knew going into the Disneyland trip was that Sleeping Beauty Castle is weak looking. Short and stout, it lacks the grandeur and visual dominance of Cinderella Castle. After seeing it in person I was even more disappointed (I hate when people raise the question "Would Walt Do?" when confronted with something they don't like about the contemporary parks, but I have to wonder whether he would have had this castle razed for something more 'epic' upon the completion of WDW, were he alive).

    Anyway, given the stature of Sleeping Beauty Castle, one of my goals was to utilize the UWA lens to make it seem more grand. I thought this shot did a decent job of that...even though I almost fell into the moat due to leaning over that railing so far!

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    1. Matt Pasant 44 months ago | reply

      The first time I saw the castle it reminded me of the Alamo here in Texas, big in legend, small in scale. But could you imagine Walt in 1955 going to the bankers wanting to build a huge castle?

      It has certainly grown on me as the years have gone by.

    2. Helen Beresford 44 months ago | reply

      Great job...fab perspective! :)

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    3. Todd Hurley Photography 44 months ago | reply

      Great job with a touch of your own forced perspective. Excellent use of the UWA.

    4. huffmans 44 months ago | reply

      Wow, that sky makes this shot! I love DL's castle, I think it fairly represents the park it resides in: quaint (compared to WDW) and original. A larger castle wouldn't match DL's "personality", I think. :)

    5. Eugene1959 44 months ago | reply

      I love the perspective. Great shot.

    6. Larry White (Trying_to_Shine) 44 months ago | reply

      Incredible shot and details! Love the sky.

    7. Express Monorail 44 months ago | reply

      I dunno... I like both castles for what they are. Sure, Cinderella Castle dwarfs Sleeping Beauty Castle, but in my opinion they're both magical in their own way.

      Love the shot, processing is top notch!

    8. Corsey21 44 months ago | reply

      Sweet shot, I'm impressed on how many clouds you got on a summer day in Cali. Nothing can beat the view of riding the monorail and seeing Cinderella Castle from across the lake. But then again nothing can beat seeing the castle that Walt himself has walked through so many times.

    9. Silver1SWA (Ryan Pastorino) 44 months ago | reply

      Remember, sleeping beautys castle is built, like the buildings on main street, using forced perspective so the top of it is built to a different scale than the bottom. it was the original imagineers' way of making the structures look taller than they really are.

    10. DugJax 44 months ago | reply

      Mission accomplished! I don't think that I've ever seen Sleeping Beauty Castle looking as grand as it does here. I've never been to DLR but this castle really is what started it all and the nostalgia and history of it makes it grander than any of the other castles.

    11. Peter E. Lee 44 months ago | reply

      Great concept and PoV! The sky is just gorgeous, too. Cinderella's castle is certainly grander, but I'm with the others who think there's something magical about Sleeping Beauty Castle, too!

    12. lawrencechua 44 months ago | reply

      Well done here! Nice clouds, when was this? During our latest heatwave?

    13. Tom.Bricker 44 months ago | reply

      I think your last line sums it up rather well: the purists would never want it to change, so it won't. While I am nostalgic about a number of things Disney related, I try to temper that with objectivity (i.e. I understand why Mr. Toad was replaced, why World of Motion is no more, etc.). Conversely, it seems to me that many Disney purists embrace nostalgia for nostalgia's sake. Getting upset about a new coat of paint? About Disney characters in IASW? To me, these things are ridiculous. These are examples of the purists standing in the way of progress. One of TWDC's biggest challenges is balancing this need for progress against the vocal minority that thinks so much is sacred. It's still a beautiful castle, it would just be my preference for it to be larger.

      I can understand people liking Sleeping Beauty Castle on its own merits (i.e. the quaint look suiting DLR or something of that sort), but I can't see not changing it (or anything, for that matter) just for the sake of keeping it the same as it has always been. Even with the forced perspective (which, I believe, all of the Castles employ) it still is diminutive. Perhaps it's just my familiarity with Florida's Castle, but I think a larger, more grand Castle looks better. Since each subsequent castle has been built accordingly, I would tend to think this is the popular sentiment among non-purists.

    14. Kiki FL 44 months ago | reply

      Remember this was built back when even in America we did things on a slightly smaller scale than we do now. I tend to think that Walt might redesign it; he wasn't one for hanging on to nostalgia the way all of the Disney fans do. He moved along and progressed with a strong sense of excitement, so you could be right about him creating a new castle for DLR.

    15. Photogineer (Doug) 44 months ago | reply

      I was just thinking the same thing and hoped you did not fall over the rail. Need to post. I too love the way older attractions are and do miss them as well. Sometimes I wish they would come back but in the end I know that moving forward was always Walt's idea and in the end the best for everyone. I think that change is the only thing that is constant and keeping everything moving forward just adds a reason to visit and come back.

    16. Don Sullivan 44 months ago | reply

      While this castle certainly doesn't have the grandeur of Cinderella Castle, it's scale does fit with the more intimate nature of Disneyland all the way around.

    17. Scott Smith (SRisonS) 44 months ago | reply

      Damn this is good.

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    18. Henry Work 44 months ago | reply

      really cool perspective.

    19. Lynnet_te 44 months ago | reply

      Apparently the history of this castle isn't known by anyone here. The Disneyland castle is the height it is because Walt did not want to place a red light for aircraft visibility on the top of the castle. He had it constructed just a bit smaller than the requirement for that light. Has nothing to do with Disney purists. At any rate, it is still a beautiful castle. Guess it will just take more creativity when photographing it to showcase it's charm and beauty.

    20. Silver1SWA (Ryan Pastorino) 44 months ago | reply

      Actually, this is probably a myth because I have heard a different story. I heard it was Cinderella's castle at WDW that ran into the FAA issue and I also heard Disney pays a daily fine to the FAA to get around the issue. So yeah, take it with a grain of salt I guess. I'll have to dig up some specs on that one. Surely if that was the case in 1955, it isn't today. At 77 feet, I don't think it's an issue with the FAA.

      Anyway, the Disney purist thing was about the backlash Disney receive TODAY if the castle was changed or replaced.

      Edit: I just looked it up and the FAA requirement for red navigation lights involves structures standing 200 feet or taller. So it was likely Disney World that had to be conscious of the requirement since Cinderellas Castle stands at 189 feet.

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