22 July 2009

I walked with you once upon a dream

Disneyland Paris has La Tanière du Dragon and Disneyland has the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough situated within their respective castles. While I would not diminish the experiences Cinderella Castle offers, the Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boutique and Cinderella’s Royal Table, what wouldn’t any Disney enthusiast give for a real walk-through attraction in the heart of Cinderella Castle?

While they may not be the thrill rides with the latest in coaster technology, the effects, including the shadow of Maleficent at Disneyland and an Audio-Animatronics dragon at Disneyland Paris, are enough to thrill even the stodgiest of guests. These attractions evoke emotional responses and present to guests the true-life adventures of what they have always believed living in a castle would be like. The same feelings are already present n the forms of flying over Never Never Land and London, soaring on the back of Dumbo, and bouncing alongside Tigger, but Cinderella Castle is the heart and soul of the Magic Kingdom and an attraction based in its corridors could only intensify the magic that is already felt in its presence.

What kind of walk-through attraction would I like to see inside Cinderella Castle? Here are a few of my own blue sky thoughts:
¤A Cinderella walkthrough, complete with dioramas, similar to the Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough.

¤A dungeon featuring the cells, fully adorned and decorated, of classic Disney Villains, such as Captain Hook, Maleficent, the weasels, the Queen of Hearts, and the Evil Queen.

¤A labyrinth filled with optical illusions, similar to the maze found in Cinderella Castle in Kingdom Keepers.

¤A Fantasia/Fantasia 2000 walkthrough.

¤A look at the homes of the fairies like the Blue Fairy, Fairy Godmother, and Flora, Fauna, and Merrryweather.

These are just a few of the ideas that I’ve had for what would make a spectacular Cinderella Castle attraction, but I know that mine are not the only dreams. What kind of wishes would you make in the fountain for the Magic Kingdom’s castle?


M.Sedlar said...

That's a great pic of the castle! I like your idea of a Cinderella Castle walk-through with dioramas. Adding a sense of danger, like in Sleeping Beauty Castle, may be difficult considering Cinderella's evil stepmother is a weaker villain than Maleficent. But I'm sure Imagineering could come up with something cool.

Princess Fee said...

What a great question! I adore the dungeon in the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris, but I agree with M.Sedlar - with Cinderella's 'villain' being her stepmother, something like that wouldn't be a great idea.

I do like the idea of the walk-through similar to Disneyland Paris (can you tell I'm biased when it comes to the interior of that Castle?!), with dioramas and/or stained glass windows to tell the story of Cinderella. I know that Walt Disney World's castle has the mosaics but a proper 'level' filled with the story of Cinderella would be beautiful.

I haven't experienced the walkthru at Disneyland yet, though.

Gator Chris said...

I'm intrigued by the idea of a Fantasia-themed attraction.

DLP has a dragon... perhaps WDW could get it's very own Chernabog?