I’ve always loved castles, and ‘Sleeping Beauty Castle’ or ‘Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant’ is no different, even if it isn’t authentic.
The magic of ‘Sleeping Beauty Castle’ is that all the whimsical and classic fairy tale castle elements are part of the castle’s design.
Here’s a view of ‘Sleeping Beauty Castle’ towering over a building straight out of a quaint fairy tale setting.
This is a nice panorama of the setting of ‘Sleeping Beauty Castle’ surrounded by historic storybook characters and their settings.
Since I’m a fan of historic Medieval European architecture, I really enjoyed how Disney has recreated the historic buildings for Disneyland Paris.
This half-timbered building may not be authentic or centuries old, but the whimsy and fantasy has been captured for everyone to appreciate.
Here’s ‘Queen of Hearts Castle’ from ‘Alice in Wonderland’ – another whimsical setting from the famous book brought to life by Disney.
Next to the ‘Queen of Hearts Castle’ was a labyrinth made of tall hedges where one never really knew what was waiting for them inside.
David poses beside the ‘Four of Clubs’ who appears intent on capturing David for the ‘Queen of Hearts.’
You can see the entrance to ‘Alice in Wonderland’s Unbirthday Party’ in the lower left of the picture and the whimsical setting within Disneyland Paris.
The Disney Railroad train travels through a manicured portion of Disneyland Paris – I’ve always been a gardener and love a manicured garden setting.
Many of these recreated historic buildings contained gift shops, pubs and restaurants to take care of everyone’s needs – and provided a nice dry place during the brief drizzle or two we experienced during our visit.
I loved this ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ setting with the beanstalk growing both into and through the turret.
Here’s a close-up of the giant beanstalk growing wildly out of control, complete with bean pods and an authentic turret to grow into and through.
I’ve always loved historic European architecture, so my 8 years living in Germany and 8 years living in England were truly blessings for me to experience!
Here we are back on ‘Main Street U.S.A.’ and strolling through classic Americana, which was a nice change of pace.
City Hall and the Storybook Store were just two of many options for visitors and guests to purchase Disney merchandise or enjoy a meal or refreshments.
A beautifully landscaped round-a-bout and surrounding grounds leads beyond to one of Disneyland Paris’ beautiful hotels in the distance.