The tallest of Le Château's towers
weighed 15 tons and measured 55 feet at construction. The towers were
made in Italy before being added to the castle base on 2nd August 1991.
Imagineering legend tells that, since the pink colour was slightly wrong, the
entire castle then had to be repainted in the cold, wet months of Winter.
Source: Disneyland Paris: From Sketch to Reality.
Each Christmas Season since 2004, Le
Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant is transformed into a stunning Ice
Palace, with thousands of small "fairy" lights covering almost the entire
castle. These are illuminated each night during The Enchanted
Fairytale Ceremony show, and can be lit in sections to produce a shimmering
effect and allow the castle to be lit from the base upwards. During
the show, Tinkerbell appears on the highest balcony to sprinkle her pixie
dust and begin the illumination.
For the 1st Anniversary of the park
in 1993, Le Château was turned into a giant
birthday cake. Strawberries lined the base and turrets, with a heavy
helping of frosting all over. A giant number "1" was placed to the
left of the castle, on the hill.
the 5th Anniversary of the park in 1997, Le Château joined the Hunchback of
Notre Dame "Festival of Fools" with jester hats and faces sitting on each
spire and loud, colourful designs covering the turrets. A large, gold
number "5" was featured on a plaque at the front, with a smaller "5" on the
highest turret - replacing the two centrepiece windows. The castle was
renamed "Château des Fous" for the duration of the yearlong event.
For the upcoming 25th Anniversary, from April 2007 to March 2008, Le Château
will receive around fifteen character statues, featuring stars such as
Mickey, Jiminy Cricket, Lumière and the Cheshire Cat. Each character
group will hold a candle, with Tinkerbell at the very top. More
information about this upcoming event can be found
This information is subject to change.