Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"That 70's Sleeping Beauty" Returns to Fantasyland

I had a very pleasant surprise yesterday, while visiting Disneyland. I wandered into the Enchanted Chamber shop located inside Sleeping Beauty Castle and this is what I found......


The Princess Aurora figure and her "prince" from the old Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-thru have returned! (These are from the 1970's redo of the castle walk-thru.)


I must say I was very excited to see these. I asked the cast member in the shop how long the figures had been there and she said that they had just been installed the night before! Unfortunately, one of the boots with a rabbit in it had fallen, but I'm sure that will be fixed soon.



Here's a shot taken with a flash......


....and here's a "vintage" shot I took in 1997 of the same figures when they were located upstairs in the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-thru. The Aurora figure used to slowly rotate, but I do remember at the time that I took this, she was not rotating and hadn't been for some time.

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The cast member also mentioned that they are supposed to get other "stuff" in the shop, but she didn't know for sure what that would include. I am so happy that these were saved and that someone cared enough to restore them and put them to use again. Hopefully we will be seeing more of this kind of attention throughout the park (now go restore Tomorrowland, please!)

8 comments:

Davelandweb said...

Great find, Chris! Heck, that's almost worth a trip to the park in itself!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

WTH (what the heck) I didn't know this was there (or did you tell me and I didn't hear it?) I would have checked it out yesterday :-)

Great find, super post - thanks!

TokyoMagic! said...

No VDT, I stumbled across it after you left yesterday. I didn't know it was there either. The CM told me it wasn't there the night before when she closed the shop, and then when she came in the next morning to open the shop, there it was!

It was great seeing you again yesterday! Hey, that was three parks in four days!

Dan Alexander said...

Very nice to see Disneyland recycling! It would be great if they found homes for more of these display figures (Downtown Disney's World of Disney, for example, would be a great place to see them).

TokyoMagic! said...

Excellent idea, Dan! The World of Disney Store in Orlando does that, don't they? Almost like a Hard Rock Cafe or Planet Hollywood type of thing.

Dan Alexander said...

I did not notice any movie displays at the World of Disney in Orlando, but I was there when Christmas decorations were up, so if they were there before, maybe they got removed for the holidays.

TokyoMagic! said...

But doesn't World of Disney in Orlando have items from the parks like the pirate "barker bird" from the Pirates of the Caribbean?

Nancy said...

thanks so much for sharing these pics from my favorite Disney (fairy-tale) film! :-)

i cant wait to get back to Disneyland and see this for myself (maybe next year!)