Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle to Receive $300,000 Overhaul

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle to Receive $300,000 Overhaul

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. (photo via moophoto / iStock Editorial / Getty Images Plus)

The Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland will receive a $300,000 overhaul starting in January and continuing through the spring.

According to the Orange County Register, the centerpiece of the California theme park will have its roof redone and the fiber-reinforced plastic on the turrets replaced. The project will begin on January 7.

To keep the Disneyland experience great for visitors, officials said they will decorate the scaffolding that would surround the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the coming months. The construction work will not change the castle significantly, but walkthroughs at the attraction will be closed starting January 17.

“Sleeping Beauty Castle is the heart of Disneyland Park and is simply being refreshed,” Walt Disney Imagineering art director Kim Irvine told OCRegister.com. “It will remain the same beloved icon it is today when the refurbishment is complete.”

Disneyland’s overhaul of Sleeping Beauty Castle is part of the theme park’s preparations ready for the debut of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is currently scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.

In addition to the improvements to the castle, Disneyland is also working on other rides and attractions this winter, including the Haunted Mansion, It’s a Small World, Splash Mountain and more.
Should you bring a baby to Disney World?….

Should you bring a baby to Disney World?….

We see this question posted to Disney fan groups daily. We cringe, we get the popcorn and we watch the sparks fly… EVERYONE has a passionate opinion on this topic. One thing to keep in mind, the only opinion that matters… is yours as the vacationer. 

When is a baby too young to go to Disney World?…. Never. And no one is ever too old to go either. (Can you imagine the keyboard posse responding to a message posting “Thinking of taking my 92-year old grandpa to Disney for the first time… he won’t remember it, is it worth it?” – I would have a few choice words for that person!)  

There are a few things to think about when traveling with an infant….

1. Dining locations
Many dining locations will not allow a stroller in, especially table service locations. There are limited numbers of, if any infant high chairs. Without preparation; you’ll be playing “pass the baby” all through a meal. Either use the infant bucket seat, or make sure you have a babywearing apparatus to free up your hands, (which leads us into tip #3)…OOHHH!! and when making a dining reservation be sure to count in an infant or person under 3…even though they are a “freebie” they still count at a table.

2. Keep them cool
Stroller fans and wet washcloths packed in a ziplock baggie for a quick wipe, disposable ice packs and having a plan of escape at each park is key. Each park also has a Babycare Center where you can purchase forgotten items, formula and more. Invest in a good umbrella that will clip onto your stroller too, this helps keep mom and dad cool as well.

3. Feedings on the go
At each Babycare Center, there is a private nursing area – you can also pump in this location – there are outlets for your pump. You can also mix formula or reheat frozen milk here. Unfortunately, there is only ONE Babycare Center per park, and it can be inconvenient to leave your entire family at one end of the park to simply go feed your baby…
         2B. @@ Feed your baby wherever and whenever your baby is hungry. Any ride without a height restriction will work for a feeding session, any bench in the shade will do, or find a seat in one of the quick service dining locations. The Carousel of Progress is my personal favorite nip and nap site – you’ll find yours too!! Leave the cover at home – it’s hot. If you really need one- just grab one of those light and breezy muslin blankets.
        2C. Florida tap water tastes gross to those who have not acquired a taste for it. If you have a baby old enough to use tap water in a formula mix (if you use tap water to mix formula, I won’t turn you into the Momfia) plan to bring or buy bottled water to mix formula.

3. Bring a babywearing apparatus
 Even if you are not a babywearer, you will wish you were. Even for a toddler. It gets really old holding another human in a line for more than a few minutes. Visit your local babywearing group for some great resources, or check out www.babywearinginternational.com  Put one of those disposable ice packs mentioned above between you and your baby to help keep you both comfy in the Florida heat.

4. Don’t leave grandma at home 

If you are traveling with an infant, bring grandma. When you are hot, tired and miserable – Grandma is more than happy to head back to the resort with a crabby baby. She also wants nothing more than to have that little bundle of joy all to herself while mom and dad hit up Jellyrolls or take a quick trip around the world in the EPCOT World Showcase.

5. Take a million pictures and videos
Will your baby remember this trip? NOPE.  But YOU will.

Thinking about heading out to Disney World or another location with your newest family member (or.. running away from said newest member for a weekend?… no judgment here!)… visit us at Castle Vacations homepage.

WATCH: Disney Releases Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Teaser

WATCH: Disney Releases Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Teaser

PHOTO: Disney Star Wars-Themed Land Artist Concept. (photo courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort)

Disney Parks gave its fans a holiday teaser on Christmas Day with the release of special video breaking down more information about the new Star Wars land coming to Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

To celebrate the new 14-acre Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed lands coming to Disneyland in summer 2019 and Disney World in fall 2019, the theme park company released behind-the-scenes footage of what guests can expect.

Disney officials have described the new land as a “never-before-seen planet – a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space – where ‘Star Wars’ characters and their stories come to life.”

Star Wars fans are excited about many aspects of the themed land, but one attraction making major waves is the Millennium Falcon, which will allow guests to board the vessel and pilot it through space against foes.

For fans of the movie franchise trying to fully immerse themselves in the Star Wars experience, both Disney parks will also be adding a cantina-themed restaurant-bar that is rumored to serve alcohol to guests 21 years and older.

Disney officials described the cantina as “the kind of establishment that attracts some of the most interesting and disreputable characters in the galaxy.”

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