Sleeping Beauty Castle

The description I wrote that accompanied my last picture of Sleeping Beauty Castle provoked some interesting responses, so I figured I'd post these quotes that I stumbled upon today to accompany this shot:


"Herb Ryman once told me that Walt wanted a big Castle [for Disneyland] but could not afford it. His first rendering that Walt directed showed something much grander. I wonder what the bankers thought when they showed up and saw the final." ~Eddie Sotto, Former Imagineer (





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  • Jeff Hamm 5y

    Killer PoV and colors! Great shot!
  • Joe Penniston 5y

    Very nice.
  • Larry White, Jr. 5y

    WOW! Brilliant shot.
  • Doug 5y

    I think I recall you saying that you did not get many good and technical shots at the DLR. What you've posted so far as been nothing short of amazing. You've really captured Sleeping uniquely and masterfully. I have a feeling that the lenses of our west coast Disney contacts are going to be capturing things there in a new and exciting way.
  • Deanna Simmons 5y

    Wow Tom this is fabulous! Awesome colours and incredible stacking. Beautiful.
  • Peter Lee 5y

    Very cool PoV! I don't think I've ever seen a shot that goes straight through the castle like this.
  • {kidnurse} 5y

    Instant fave!!!!!!!!!
  • Steve Wise 5y

    Great shot tom you did this castle proud. I was born in 1949 and this was the castle I seen in the 50s on tv. this castle well always be #1 again great shot has always
  • Eugene1959 5y

    I love the perspective. Great shot.
  • Scott Smith 5y

    Absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Ray 5y

    I think that is the best shot of Sleeping Beauty's Castle that I've seen. Excellent work Tom!
  • Kiki FL 5y

    Ooohhh...I really like this! It really gives you a strong sense of the character of this structure. Nicely done, Tom!
  • Jay Andruckow 5y

    Lol, great quote. The castle really looks intimidation from this angle though!
  • DigitalSLG 5y

    One word...WOW!!!

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  • Steve 5y

    That is absolutely fantastic! Great shot of the castle!
  • Scott Pairman 5y

    Fantastic wide angle shot! Very, very nice!

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  • mike 5y

    Awesome point of view..the processing as usual is fantastic!!!
  • Alan Rappa 5y

    Awesome wide! It looks like the castle is opening up to eat you :)
  • Scott Thomas 5y

    Tall? Looks a bit short and fat to me. :-) Still, it certainly is unique photo and that is very hard to do with any Disney castle.
  • Tom Bricker 5y

    Scott Thomas Short and fat?! Well, that it is, in person. I think it looks rather tall here given how it actually looks.
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Taken on August 19, 2010
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