【tdr0023】What was Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland modeled after?


The Cinderella Castle has been enjoyed as a symbol of Disney Parks since the opening of Tokyo Disneyland. The castle is a huge building ? as high as 51 meters. Moreover, it looks even higher because it applies the rules of perspective by making the stone walls, windows and doors smaller as they get higher. The one who sees it directly should be overwhelmed and impressed by the sight.

Needless to say, the Cinderella Castle was built in the motif of the castle that appears in the animation film “Cinderella”. Then, how about the castle in the animation? Have you wondered what the Cinderella Castle was originally modeled after?

It is often said to have been modeled after Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany, but it is not true. To be precise, Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the models of the castle in “Sleeping Beauty”. Yes, there is more than one castle that the Sleeping Beauty Castle was modeled after, all of which are located in Europe.

Likewise, the Cinderella Castle was also modeled after multiple castles as the Sleeping Beauty Castle. All of them are located in France.

○ Chateau d’Usse (Usse Castle)
(Indre-et-Loire department / The castle where “Sleeping Beauty” was written.)

○ Chateau de Fontainebleau (Palace of Fontainebleau)
(Seine-et-Marne department / One of the largest palaces in France.)

○ Chateau de Versailles (Palace of Versailles)
(Yvelines department / Built by Louis XIV of France.)

○ Chateau de Chenonceau (Chenonceau Castle)
(Indre-et-Loire departement / Located near the small village of Chenonceaux in the Loire Valley.)

○ Chateau de Chambord (Chambord Castle)
(Loir-et-Cher department / Constructed for Francis I of France.)

○ Chateau de Chaumont (Chaumont Castle)
(Loir-et-Cher department / The first castle in Chaumont-sur-Loire.)

All of the castles above are beautiful and historically valuable buildings. Given that these were modeled after, it is no wonder the Cinderella Castle is so beautiful and attractive. It may be a good idea to look at the fine decorations, outside appearance and interior design closely on your next visit.

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