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Pardon The Pixie Dust Sleeping Beauty Castle Will Sparkle Again

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patch.com
Author:
Ashley Ludwig
Dateline:
February 01, 2019
Posted:
February 06, 2019
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It's just another way that Disneyland Resort gets its sparkle back. Spring, 2019, the most Instagrammed spot in the park promises new magic.

If you've visited Disneyland Resort lately, you've seen the "pardon our pixie dust" signs in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle. The landmark pink and blue structure is getting a face-lift that even the most die-hard Disney fan can rally behind.

The iconic building and home to Sleeping Beauty, that first opened in 1955, has been refreshed many times over the years, but the Project Stardust enhancements underway for spring of 2019 promise to give your Instagram photos even more pop.

The project is expected to be completed mid-March, Patch has learned. Imagineer Kim Irvine discussed the planning for the enhancements to the castle but has not shown her hand with all of the Disney magic in store for fans with the coming renovation.

This year, with Project Stardust, we are replacing the roof-lines, as well as are adding 'charming' elements to wow fans.

Over the years, the castle has been changed slightly, with the addition of the squirrel downspouts and stained glass windows, she said. The wall plaster has been refreshed, and always, the concepts of the original Sleeping Beauty's Castle Imagineer, Herbert Ryman, have been honored, according to Irvine.

Ryman's original renderings are available for Instagram backdrops while the refreshing is underway, she said. "Just like everything at Disneyland, we take great care in refreshing our assets," she said. "I'm happy to be a part of keeping the castle beautiful."

When Project Stardust is complete, the park will be ready for its next phase of significant growth, starting with the Galaxy's Edge theme park, where tradition meets a new frontier, Disneyland spokesperson Kevin Rafferty Jr. said.

Those extra elements include a new look at foot traffic through the park. You may notice it's a bit easier to walk around, there's better stroller parking and more seating than ever before.

Here are some things you can look for when you take your next trip to Disneyland.

Notice those enhanced curbs and walkways and horse-drawn carriage tracks in Main Street, U.S.A.

In Fantasyland, take a peek at the improvements to Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride, and reconfigured guest queues for the Matterhorn Bobsleds, "it's a small world."

As you walk through Adventureland, always a crowd-crusher, you may notice some extra elbow room.

The addition of the Tropical Hideaway restaurant and dining area allows guests more area to relax and enjoy Dole Whips and other treats in a previously underutilized space.

Expect more Project Stardust refurbishments to herald the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, coming Summer, 2019.
 
Attractions Referenced

Dumbo The Flying Elephant

Horse-Drawn Street Cars

It's A Small World

Matterhorn Bobsleds

Sleeping Beauty Castle

 
Restaurants Referenced

Tropical Hideway

 
Lands Referenced

Adventureland

Fantasyland

Main Street U.S.A.

Star Wars Galaxys Edge

 
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