Whether you are in sunny California or hazy Hong Kong, every Disney resort around the world has a central icon in common- a Disney princess castle.
To celebrate the magic of Disney castles around the world, Walt Disney Imagineering debuted Crowning Achievements-Creating Castles for magical Kingdoms, an exhibit at The Disney Gallery at Disneyland Park that began June 30,2012 and will continue into 2013.
The first Disney theme park castle that was built was Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in 1955. Originally to be named after Snow White, it was later changed to honor Aurora to help promote the 1959 release of Walt Disney's 16th animated film, "Sleeping Beauty."
According to the team at Walt Disney Imagineering: "Walt built Sleeping Beauty Castle here in Disneyland Park to sreve as an iconic source of inspiration, meant to enchant Guests into continuing onward, beyond the lively, small-town comfort of Main Street, U.S.A., toward wondrous gateways leading to imaginative new frontiers. Every other Disney castle, from Flordia to Hong Kong, successfully followed in their predecessor's regal footsteps.
Shanghai Disney Resort, scheduled to open in 2015, will feature the first Disney castle not named after a specific princess. Instead,the Enchanted Storybook Castle will honor all Disney princesses.
I like the Castles at night, with so many lights...Dr Lee