Hong Kong Disneyland
Sleeping Beauty Castle at Hong Kong Disneyland has been completely re-imagined into the Castle of Magical Dreams, an entertainment hub, with 13 spires celebrating 13 princesses and queens that wished upon a star. Check out the inspiration for each spire!
Castle of Magical Dreams – the Back Story
While most people in Hong Kong have been practicing social distancing, donning face masks, and washing their hands; workers at Hong Kong Disneyland have been hard at work.
In fact, they have been busy transforming the park’s iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle into the Castle of Magical Dreams, And it will serve as a unique centerpiece for the Hong Kong theme park.
The re-imagined castle maintains the foundational roots of Walt Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty Castle at the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California, which was designed by Roland E. Hill and opened in 1955.
Following a complete transformation, the Castle of Magical Dreams features towers and spires paying tribute to 13 of Disney’s most popular princesses and heroines.
To clarify, the original structure was an amalgamation of three classic European structures that inspired Walt on his travels seeking stories to tell to Disney fans.
For example, the ramparts or lower portions of the castle mimic Le Château d’Ussé, which overlooks the Indre and Loire rivers in France.
Because the paring of the setting and the architecture were so lovely, Charles Perrault took them as inspiration for his tale, Sleeping Beauty.
By creating a distinctive castle unique to Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney has crafted a centerpiece for the amusement park. Consequently, it gives Hong Kong Disneyland a unique identity.
Most importantly, the castle can act as a shining beacon of courage, hope, and possibility for all who see it
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Castle of Magical Dreams – Design Inspiration
The Castle of Magical Dreams will inspire all who dare to dream big. And it will give them a chance to follow in the footsteps of popular Disney princesses and queens.
In fact, a Disney princess or heroine inspired each one of castle’s 13 spires! Check out this quick guide to the 13 spires and the princesses and queens that inspired them.
In fact, the architectural design embraces their unique characteristics through the interpretation of colour, icons, symbols, patterns, and cultural features.
Rapunzel – co-star of the eponymous Disney animated film about a mischievous teen with 70 feet of magical hair. The colours of the tower’s walls – purple and gold – reflect the colour of her dress and her blond hair.
12. Snow White
Moments to Shine
Significantly, each Disney princess or heroine has her moment to shine. For example, each one is represented by her own tower or turret at the Castle of Magical Dreams.
With bright and vibrant colours, gilded spires overlook an expanded courtyard. And it serves as an entertainment hub for Disney stage shows.
In fact, the Castle of Magical Dreams offers a playful outdoor space, where Disney fans can get up close and personal with their favourite Disney characters.
And talk about photo opps! Who wouldn’t want to take selfies with that spectacular castle in the background?
Meanwhile, Disney fans won’t have to go home empty-handed. The re-imaged castle houses a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.
And it will give children a chance to experience the kind of royal treatment that only Disney can provide.
Health and Safety Guidelines
In keeping with Hong Kong government regulations, strict health and safety measures have been implemented throughout Hong Kong Disneyland.
In fact, similar measures are in effect at the three Disneyland hotels adjoining the park.
And if you’re planning a visit, please check out my first-hand hotel reviews!
And please note: park-goers must make reservations in advance to visit the park. Attendance has been reduced. And the park will only be open five days a week until further notice.
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The debut of the Castle of Magical Dreams coincides with 15th anniversary of Hong Kong Disneyland. To clarify, the park opened in 1995.