I had never, ever seen this room before until just yesterday. Do you recognize it? It’s the handicapped viewing room for the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walk-through. Amazing right? I was completely blown away and completely in love. I’ve never been to Hearst Castle (something I hope to remedy soon) but this is just the type of thing I would expect to find there, not Disneyland. I’m not sure if this qualifies as a throne or not, having three seats and all. It sure has all the grandness of a throne. I could probably stare at it for hours and I did stare for a while, simply in awe. I sat in it too and it was surprisingly comfortable. I really love that Disneyland has so many wonderful surprises.
It’s hard to express how excited we get when we see beautiful clouds anywhere near Sleeping Beauty Castle. They play so well to the feeling of fantasy and really help you to see things with a different perspective. When I saw the way the clouds lined up behind the castle, I hurried down Main Street, dodging my way through the crowd. I made it to Central Plaza and wasn’t finding the shot I wanted. I wandered a little farther, past the Partners Statue, to where they rope off benches for fireworks and it hit me. I was in my own world and it seemed as though time did not exist. It wasn’t until a cast member walked up and joked with me that this shot would cost me $50 that I left my world of fantasy to enter back into reality. I laughed and told him I would need to write him a check, then made my way back to Michaela and Kevin, contented.
Sleeping Beauty Castle is pretty well centered in Disneyland for a reason. It’s a showpiece. At night, the vibrant colors pop with the help of some Disney magic in lighting. It truly takes you away to another place, a place of fantasy. Even though you have to walk by it or through it to get just about anywhere in the park, it never seems to lose its enchantment. The smooth surface of the water reflecting the castle in its grandeur is my favorite part, and on the night I took this picture, I was particularly drawn to the bridge.