Is The Castle At Disneyland Based Off Of A Real Castle?
|June 12, 2012||Posted by under Places, Questions|
The castle at Disneyland is famous all around the world. It has been seen in the introduction of both Disney TV shows and movies for years. It is also the most prominent architecture that people see at the entrance to the various Disney theme parks around the world. But, is it actually based on a real castle? If so, what real castle was the Disneyland castle based on?
Let’s look at this question a little closer right now. The short answer is yes, the Disneyland castle was based off of a real castle. The real castle is called the Neuschwanstein Castle. There are other influences in the Disneyland castle as well, but the main castle that provided the influence was Neuschwanstein Castle.
As far as castles go, this one is a very new one. Construction started on this castle in September of 1869. The location originally held a far older castle that was destroyed and removed to allow for construction to begin on the new one. The owner was one Ludwig II of Bavaria. He built this castle as a retreat and also as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig II intended to use this castle as a personal refuge, as he was notoriously private and reclusive.
The original plans for Neuschwanstein Castle included a very respectable 200 interior rooms. This is included in a total floor space of the castle of well over 18,000 square feet. For decades it was the main employer of the region, with up to 200 craftsmen occupied onsite to provide construction duties. This does not include the many other people who were support staff and performed other duties related to the construction.
Despite the very grand plans that the castle had, only 15 rooms were in fact finished. While the original intention of the castle was to be a private residence and retreat, it saw little use as that. Upon Ludwig II’s death in 1886, the castle was opened to the public for visits. Since that time, the castle has had over 60 million public visitors, with up to 6,000 taking a tour each day during the summer months.
The Disneyland version of this castle is actually called Sleeping Beauty Castle. The original one dates back to 1955 at the beginning of the first Disneyland. The height of Sleeping Beauty Castle is only 77 feet at the highest point, but it manages to look taller through forced perspective. Parts of the castle are larger at the base and smaller towards the top, giving the forced-perspective illusion of being taller than it actually is.
Besides the main influence of the Neuschwanstein Castle, the Disneyland version has two notable other influences as well. Both the Notre Dame de Paris and the Hospices de Beaune from France offer design and architectural influence.
Yes, the Disneyland castle is based off of a real world castle, the Neuschwanstein Castle. The private retreat of Ludwig II inspired the castle that would help excite the imaginations of millions of people all around the world for generations.
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