【tdr0036】 Secret of Cinderella Castle; looks far but close

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Upon entering Tokyo Disneyland, you go through the World Bazaar. In front of you is the Disneyland’s symbol, Cinderella Castle, which makes you feel that you have really come to the Disneyland.

By the way, have you wondered that the Cinderella Castle looks very far from the World Bazaar but is surprisingly close when you actually walk there?

You may think that you just felt that way, but that feeling is correct. In fact, Tokyo Disneyland is applying rules of perspective in various places to show the Cinderella Castle even more attractive. So it is due to an optical illusion that the castle looks far but is really close.

Specifically, rules of perspective are used in the following:

○ The width of the World Bazaar Main Street
The width of the Main Street does not remain the same but becomes narrower as you get closer to the Cinderella Castle. It becomes narrower so gradually that you do not notice the change and the castle looks farther away than it actually is.

○ ‘Enhanced perspective method’ in buildings in the World Bazaar Main Street and the Cinderella Castle

‘Enhanced perspective method’ is used in buildings in the World Bazaar Main Street and the Cinderella Castle. Stone walls, windows and doors are smaller as they get higher, making the buildings look taller than they actually are. That power we feel when looking up at the Cinderella Castle is due to the effect of perspective.

○ Color of the castle

The blue color used on the Cinderella Castle, called “retreating color”, has an effect of making it look farther than it actually is. You may see it when looking up at the blue sky. The central part of the blue sky looks farther than other parts, aren’t they? Due to such retreating color, the Cinderella Castle looks even farther.

With the rules of perspective applied everywhere, the Cinderella Castle looks farther and even more attractive. On your next visit to Tokyo Disneyland, it may be fun to look for these rules of perspective applied.

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