For a few days, the Disneyland Parks’ guests have been watching a strange dance by painters’ lifts around the main turrets of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, 40 meters up in the air. The Disneyland Paris icon is indeed taking advantage of the summer to get back its good looks.
Already repainted in 2011 for Disneyland® Paris’ 20th Anniversary, the castle has seen over the years its colours fade little by little, attributable mainly to the pyrotechnic effects of Disney Dreams! staged every evening to the immense pleasure of the spectators. After a week of cleaning, the painters have started to restore the castle to its former splendour. The main tower will be restored to the original color design whereas the rest of the façades, the golden spires and the tiles will also be given a brush-up. The project also includes work on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle’s stone bridge, which will be cleaned and repaired. During the works, the outside terrace is closed, whereas Sleeping Beauty’s Castle Gallery remain closed to guests.
As we approved the finish line of Sept. 16, François Gamas (head of the construction site) and the Facility Asset Management team is working side by side with Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Paris, and in particular with Art Director Tracy Eck, Design Studio Manager Alain Champault and Character Finishes Specialist Yann Briere. “The big challenge for this painting project is that we are dependent on the weather and the nightly show on the castle. We have a very short time window to work each day” explains François Gamas.