The Disneyland Paris Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in any Disney theme park. Not only is it more than twice as tall as the original Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland California, but the Parisian version is also twice as elaborate!
The Disney Paris castle is known also as Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant.
You may remember this as the book inside Enchanted Tales with Belle at Disney World or more commonly as Sleeping Beauty.
Disneyland Paris Castle Facts
Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris is one of the most beautiful castles in any of the Disney parks and has some neat elements you should take note of.
To begin with, Sleeping Beauty Castle is the sister castle to the one in Disneyland California, but this one looks even more like the fairy tale castle from the Sleeping Beauty animated film.
When the castle was constructed, it was deliberately situated so that it faces South.
This was done so that the castle would not be backlit for those wishing to capture the perfect photo in front!
If you zoom your camera up close, you might be surprised to find snails climbing one of the turrets and fleur de lies in the design of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris.
You will also find that each turret features a different decorative weather vane!
You’ll notice that the castle is even surrounded by square-cut trees just like in the animated Sleeping Beauty film.
And while you should pay attention to the top of the castle, don’t miss looking below!
Sleeping Beauty Castle is the only Disney Castle in the world with a dragon.
The dragon was designed to resemble the dragons of European folklore, not ones found in Disney movies.
Inside Sleeping Beauty Castle: Disneyland Paris
While the outside of the Disneyland Paris castle is a sight to behold, the interior is something to experience as well.
There are two levels in the castle. The bottom level has a walkthrough to get to Fantasyland and the upper level will take you to Sleeping Beauty Gallery.
Sleeping Beauty Gallery
If you climb the set of stairs to the second level, you will find La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant, a gallery of displays that tell the story of Sleeping Beauty.
Just like the mosaics in Cinderella’s castle tell the story of how Cinderella met her prince, the stained glass windows inside the Disneyland Paris castle tell the story of Aurora’s life from her birth to her being awakened with a kiss from her prince.
Several tapestries are hanging in the castle, but the one you will most enjoy is the one of Sleeping Beauty on her deathbed.
The spinning wheel is placed right in front of it and is spinning out of control.
Along with the beautiful stained glass and woven tapestries, you will see a beautiful statue featuring Sleeping Beauty dancing with her prince.
Perched along her dress are the three fairies.
Underneath the Castle at Disneyland Paris
While the Disneyland castle is bright and cheery above ground, below ground is a whole different story!
Make sure that you venture beneath the castle to see what lies below!
If you walk the pathway to the left of the castle, you will find “La Tanière du Dragon,” or dragon’s lair.
Once the ruler of the skies, this defeated dragon lies chained against jagged rocks.
You may find it sleeping, but know that when it does awaken, it isn’t very happy!
Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris is one of the most beautiful in terms of details both inside & out.
Make sure that you take time to explore it next time you are visiting Disneyland Paris!
Have you been inside the Disneyland Paris castle? What was your favorite part?