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  • [Question] Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

    So last Sunday I noticed these short concrete columns where the front nooks are in front of the castle. As I recall, there used to be a pole banner in its place like in the photo bellow. So just imagine those gone and these concrete, almost table like pieces instead. Has anyone else seen this? Is it still like this or was its a temporary change? Or have I just lost my disney mind?

    Micenation

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    Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

    All photo's from davelandweb

    1955 (crazy...look at all the room)

    http://davelandweb.com/castle/images/7_18_55_N08B.jpg

    Oct 2006 (again Davelandweb)

    http://davelandweb.com/disneyland/im...6_DSC_2578.jpg

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    • #3
      Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

      I noticed it too a while back. It wasn't there before.
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      • #4
        Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

        They must have disappeared some time after the New Year.

        Thank goodness for MasterGracey taking thousands of photos!!!! both photos below are his.


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        • #5
          Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

          OMG, they are real! what is their purpose? I find it blocks the view of people sitting down in the nook. what am I missing here?

          Micenation

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          • #6
            Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

            I guess they could help give you a place to rest your camera if you wanted to set up a timer on your camera? Or maybe for helping you steady yourself for pictures? I really have no idea that is really odd.
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            • #7
              Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

              This is just a complete guess, but just based on my own visual response to the change (which I have not yet seen in person), I think it may be intended to further continue the illusion of forced perspective that makes the castle appear bigger as you approach it from Main Street.

              Just from those pictures, the flags might distract a bit from the height of the castle, while the smaller columns draw your attention up to the entrance.

              Or maybe that's completely ridiculous. Haha.

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              • #8
                Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

                Very interesting. I wonder how permanent are they or are they just anchored in the holes where the poles belong. Maybe they are for some type of show effect (past, present or future.) The columns make no sense though as you said. So if they don't have a purpose then it's just bad show IMO.
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                • #9
                  Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

                  I have the answer:

                  They are very well themed temporary covers that they are using while the poles are being refurbished instead of the ordinary blue boxes that they usually use. Today the front poles were back and the pillars were where the middle poles should be. The newly refurbished poles are now black instead of the 50th Anniversary gold.

                  I will have pictures when they upload.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

                    Nice work Ron!

                    Micenation

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                    • #11
                      Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

                      Originally posted by dansunsomeil View Post
                      This is just a complete guess, but just based on my own visual response to the change (which I have not yet seen in person), I think it may be intended to further continue the illusion of forced perspective that makes the castle appear bigger as you approach it from Main Street.

                      Just from those pictures, the flags might distract a bit from the height of the castle, while the smaller columns draw your attention up to the entrance.

                      Or maybe that's completely ridiculous. Haha.
                      Welcome to Micechat dansunsomeil!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

                        Originally posted by Spongeocto4 View Post
                        Welcome to Micechat dansunsomeil!
                        Thank you!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

                          Before (one of the rear poles):


                          IMG_6235 by socal_ron, on Flickr

                          During ( one of the middle spots):


                          IMG_6234 by socal_ron, on Flickr

                          After (one of the front poles):


                          IMG_6233 by socal_ron, on Flickr

                          ---------- Post added 02-26-2012 at 07:35 AM ----------


                          IMG_6232 by socal_ron, on Flickr
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                          • #14
                            Re: Was there a change to the Castle or was it just a very vivid dream of mine?

                            I hope that this isn't a sign that they are going to get rid of the golden accents that were added to the castle for the 50th.
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