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Sleeping Beauty / Cinderella Castle

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The tiny Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle contains a walk through attraction where you see small sets of scenes from the animated movie (which has been closed since the September 11th terror attacks). There are a few shops at the base of the castle, and around the side is Snow White's Grotto which features a wishing well and miniature statues of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Here you can walk straight up to the castle and then over a drawbridge.

A few fireworks are launched from the Disneyland castle during the Believe, There's Magic in the Sky fireworks spectacular. The only other (???) Disney castle that launches fireworks is in Tokyo.

Trivia: The drawbridge was never designed to be functional but Walt Disney wanted to lower it on opening day. This was the first and only time the drawbridge lowered... until the 1980s redo of Fantasyland. In tribute to Walt's original Fantasyland opening, the Imagineers lowered the drawbridge a second time.

TMK has Cinderella Castle and it is huge. There is no walk through attraction, but there is a full restaurant in the upper level. It is a massive castle and far more impressive. There is a performance stage in front of the castle which prevents you from walking directly up to it -- instead you take a path around the stage either on the left or right side.

NOTE: This photo was taken before the 25th Anniversary celebrations started. The castle was being turned into a giant birthday cake. It is normally not pink.

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