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  • Hail to the Princess Aurora! Castle to reopen!

    Lot's of great news in Al's latest MiceAge report, including this spectacular speculation!:

    >>Aurora returns to her Castle

    Building off of the success of the Dead Man's Grotto walkthrough created for Pirate's Lair, there's now a tentative plan to revamp and reopen the Sleeping Beauty diorama walkthrough in the Castle. Using new lighting and audio technology, the walkthrough would reopen as a 21st century take on the 1957 original Eyvind Earle version of the attraction. No major structural changes would be made to the facility, as that would void the grandfather clause the Castle walkthrough has to get around modern ADA laws. But the end result would be a cosmetic upgrade to the basic concept of the original 1950's walkthrough.

    For the record, our contacts state the walkthrough was closed in October, 2001 due to security concerns in the wake of the September 11th attacks. The thought is now any concern about security for this Disney icon could be alleviated by placing a few hidden cameras in the corridors of the walkthrough to monitor any mischief. But in the Fall of 2001 when DCA was an utter failure at the ticket booths and the entire travel industry was spiraling into deep recession, the last thing TDA was going to spend money on was cameras for a dusty old walkthrough that few customers visited. The easy and cheap thing to do back then was to simply close the Castle walkthrough "temporarily." Luckily, it now looks like that temporary closure may end in 2008.<<

    Lots more Anaheim rumors at:

    http://miceage.com/allutz/al071707d.htm

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    This is an exciting time to be a Disney fan. DCA might become a park in the league of TDS, Tony Baxter is trying to fix DL's problems, and Lasseter is attempting to get Walt Disney Feature Animation to make a good movie again. The waiting won't be easy.

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      I'm crossing my fingers hoping for it to come true.

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        This would be great! I can think of a number of little princesses that will be happy to hear this.

        I'll bet they add some cool effects to! The ones in Dead Man's Grotto are cool.

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        • #5
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          Once Upon A Dream...

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            Originally posted by MegaDisney View Post
            This would be great! I can think of a number of little princesses that will be happy to hear this.

            I'll bet they add some cool effects to! The ones in Dead Man's Grotto are cool.
            Cool
            Waiting for Godot Micechat.com

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            • #7
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              I don't remember getting to do this when I was a kid, but I am very excited about the return of the Castle walk through. I can't wait!!! This news definitely brings a smile to my face. :o)
              "This would be a great place if we could only get rid of all these people." WD

              "Women are the best judges of anything we turn out. Their taste is very important. They are the theatergoers, they are the ones who drag the men in. If the women like it, to heck with the men." WD

              Individuality is a great thing....as long as we think alike.

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                This is so exciting!!
                ~Princess Aurora at Heart~


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                • #9
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                  I sure hope this rumor pans out!
                  Mom, remember, it's not what a person is like on the outside that counts,
                  it's what they are like in their HEART!


                  - Wolfette

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                  • #10
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                    This is good news.

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                    • #11
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                      Fingers crossed!!! The walk-through was my all time favorite. Long live the princess Aurora
                      "Remember 'Old Yeller'? We shot the dog." - Roy E. Disney

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                        Yippee!
                        Jon A. Leslie
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                        • #13
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                          Anyone else have the song "Hail to the Princess Aurora" stuck in your head now?

                          I'm very glad this is coming back! :yea: :clap: Can't wait 'til 2008!
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                          • #14
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                            This is awesome news. This was closed just before my oldest was born, so my daughters have never been there, but I know they would go ga-ga to actually "go inside the castle".

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                            • #15
                              Re: Hail to the Princess Aurora! Castle to reopen!

                              The article also mentions additions to the spots that need it most! Frontierland and Toontown!

                              Now, I'll turn that little mouse's dream into a nightmare Fantasmic!

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