Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle Gets a $300,000 Upgrade

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Sunday, May 19, 2019: The Castle’s new look was unveiled. It’s beautiful!!!  WOW!

UPDATE:  The work on the Castle was completed and the walkway re-opened Friday, May 24, 2019 right before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on May 31, 2019.

Check walkway hours here:  Sleeping Beauty Castle Re-opening Date

The Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new look includes a lot more gold accents!

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May 24, 2019: Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new paint job.


The walk-through has brand new LED lighting.


Disneyland closes Sleeping Beauty Castle for major improvements as part of Project StarDust

Sleeping Beauty Castle is undergoing a major $300,000 renovation. In early January 2019, the holiday décor came down and the construction walls went up around the Castle.

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January 2019: This is what the turrets and Castle paint job looked like in January. The Castle was a much paler pink.

Disney is spending $300,000 to re-roof the castle, add fiber-reinforced plastic on the castle’s turrets, and repaint the entire Castle.  Each castle brick will be hand painted in blues, grays, and tans.

Watch Sleeping Beauty Gets Some Pixie Dust Video:  Sleeping Beauty Castle 2019

Unfortunately, it’s not a pretty sight.  Some many guests have been disappointed not being able to see the Castle this spring.


Guests can’t walk through the Castle during renovation.

In front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, a sign directs guests to access Fantasyland through alternate routes. Guests can no longer access Fantasyland through the drawbridge, visit Snow White’s Wishing Well, or see Fantasy Faire.

You’ll need to use the Big Thunder Mountain Trail or the Parade Route Path along the Matterhorn to get to Fantasyland.

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Walking the Parade Route around the Matterhorn to get to Fantasyland.


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May 17, 2019: More of the Castle has been uncovered!  WOW!!!  The roof is so blue!

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May 15, 2019: Half the Castle’s tarps were taken down last night. The turrets look bright blue and sparkly!

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April 17, 2019: Still totally covered. 😦

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March 24, 2019: Tarps went up last night to cover the sight of renovating the Sleeping Beauty Castle turrets.


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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31, 2019. Do NOT visit Disneyland then!


Signage explaining Castle renovation work.

Disneyland is replacing the horse-drawn streetcar track in its entirety. That’s the first time that has ever happened.  (We’ve all seen the video of the guy walking down Main Street and tripping over the tracks every 2 seconds.)

Also on Main Street USA, the curbs are being lowered to make traffic move faster when entering the park and new brickwork is being added to the area.


Each Castle brick is being hand painted during the renovation.


We’ve written two books about our time working at Disney World.

Both are available on Amazon.com: Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!



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Two Disney Sisters at Disneyland.

Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge is Opening in 2019!

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Opening at Disney World in about a year.

Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge will open in June 2019 at Disneyland Resort and in November 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort.

Watch video here:  Star Wars Land Opening in 2019

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Star Wars Land at Disney World is coming right along.

Both Star Wars Lands will cover 14 acres.  Disneyland’s Galaxy’s Edge is being built north of Frontierland, where Big Thunder Ranch was located.  At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Galaxy’s Edge is replacing the majority of the park’s Streets of America.  A Star Wars-themed area will also be opening at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris in 2020.

We’ve seen the Star Wars Lands construction underway at both Disney World and Disneyland.  They broke ground for both Lands on April 14, 2016.  Really, really big construction projects.

Construction at Disneyland required reconfiguring the routes for the Disneyland Railroad and Rivers of America.

We were made aware of this during our last trip to Disneyland in summer 2017 when several attractions in Frontierland and Critter Country were closed because of Star Wars Land construction including the Disneyland Railroad, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, and Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes.


Planet Batuu

The planet portrayed at Star Wars Land is called Batuu, which appears in the 2018 Star Wars: Thrawn Alliances book.

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Star Wars: At last year’s MNSSHP party with our Jedi Knights.

We are all huge Star Wars fans!

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Meeting Darth Vadar is actually pretty scary!  He’s 7 feet tall!


Our brother Christian with Darth.

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Ian having fun.

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Star Wars pins!


Seeing Chewy at meet & greet.  He is soooo tall too!


At Mickey and Minnie’s Star Wars meet & greet.

With Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

Feeling the Force with Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie.

With Darth Vader Goofy & Storm Trooper Donald

With Darth Vader Goofy & Storm Trooper Donald


Jedi Mickey & Princess Leia Minnie

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Caroline in her Taste the Dark Side t-shirt at DHS.


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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!

This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier.  Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life.  On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.

Now that she’s back, things get wild.

Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental.  While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.

While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.

Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.

Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Adventures in the Animal Kingdom


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Adventure is out there!

About the Author:

Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney.  Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.

She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.

Daily blog link:  https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/



Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!