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  • Clock Above Fantasyland Castle Gateway

    I dont think this has been brought up before, but There is that giant rusted gold clock above the castle entryway on the Fantasyland side, Does anybody know what its signifigance is? From what I heard is that it's been there since the park opened, and it was stoped on the time Walt gave his dedication speech but I am unsure since there are so many rumors and untrue facts floating around! Thanks!

  • #2
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    I just noticed this clock on our last trip (May 07). I had never seen it before for some reason. I love it. How it hangs there. It's a beautiful clock. I got a picture of it somewhere.

    Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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    • #3
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      Hmmmm...I've never noticed this. I don't spend too much time in Fantasyland these days, so I suppose that makes sense. Photos, anybody?

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      • #4
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        I heard that the clock was stopped at the time that Walt Disney died - but I don't know that for sure. I like the clock - it's really pretty.

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        • #5
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          I took the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour, and we stopped to talk about the clock during that time.

          There are several rumors, and no one really knows which is accurate. There are two likely reasons:

          1) As previously mentioned, Walt's speech.

          2) If any of you are familiar with the film Sleeping Beauty, the 3 good fairies literally put the rest of the castle to sleep, "until Rose awakens." They even put the candles to sleep-so, of course, they put the clock to sleep as well. Just a cute reference to the film.

          I like both explanations, but no one really knows.




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          • #6
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            Originally posted by pineapplewhipaddict View Post
            2) If any of you are familiar with the film Sleeping Beauty, the 3 good fairies literally put the rest of the castle to sleep, "until Rose awakens." They even put the candles to sleep-so, of course, they put the clock to sleep as well. Just a cute reference to the film.

            I like both explanations, but no one really knows.
            Ooooh I like this one! I'm going to adopt that explanation!

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            • #7
              Re: Clock Above Fantasyland Castle Gateway

              Originally posted by pineapplewhipaddict View Post
              I took the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour, and we stopped to talk about the clock during that time.

              There are several rumors, and no one really knows which is accurate. There are two likely reasons:

              1) As previously mentioned, Walt's speech.

              2) If any of you are familiar with the film Sleeping Beauty, the 3 good fairies literally put the rest of the castle to sleep, "until Rose awakens." They even put the candles to sleep-so, of course, they put the clock to sleep as well. Just a cute reference to the film.

              I like both explanations, but no one really knows.
              What time does the clock show? I would assume since it is Sleeping Beauty's castle, the second choice makes the most sense.

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              • #8
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                Wow it is not even a real clock. I have never heard any stories about what the time means. I am guessing it was just bought that way.
                Kungaloosh!

                *END OF LINE*

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                • #9
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                  Obviously it's not a real clock but it does look like one and I'm sure the time means something....Hmm...I'm guessing either the Cinderella Story or Walt's speech..I dont think they would stop it at the time walt died but you never know..

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                  • #10
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                    Found my image of it. This is from the back (heading north through the castle)




                    I love the story about the fairies putting even the clock to sleep. That's cool.

                    Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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                    • #11
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                      Thanks! Thats a great picture I wish we could see what time the clock is stoped on though!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Clock Above Fantasyland Castle Gateway

                        7:57 or 11:35.

                        Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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                        • #13
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                          Check out how the roman numerals are "backwards" from this point of view. I think it's stopped at 12:23.

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                          • #14
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                            If the tale about the 3 fairies is true, then I think 7:57 would be the time depicted. In the film, they froze everything under their spell just after the sun set.
                            Arabian Coast at nighttime ~

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                            • #15
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                              ORWEN: At first us Cauldron girls thought you were all talking about the clock on the tower over the entrace to what used to be the Tinkerbell Toy Shop. (What's that shop called now?) Anyway, THAT clock is in good working order--or used to be.

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                              • #16
                                Re: Clock Above Fantasyland Castle Gateway

                                To me, it looks like 12:25, and after a little research...

                                -Walt dedicated Disneyland at 4:43pm.

                                -Walt died at 9:30am.

                                So either way, the clock does not signify those. I'm willing to bet it's the story reason then, with the castle being frozen. That's not to say that there is another reason as to why they picked 11:35 though. But by the same token, the artist designing the clock could have just looked at the time when it came time to draw the hands and went with whatever it said.

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                                • #17
                                  Re: Clock Above Fantasyland Castle Gateway

                                  Wow, all the times we've walked through there and never noticed this. I am so ashamed. We will definitely be checking it out on our December trip. Thanks!
                                  "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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                                  • #18
                                    Re: Clock Above Fantasyland Castle Gateway

                                    Man, I knew it was backwards and still read the times wrong. lol. Thanks for catching that guys.

                                    Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air: And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep. mycroft16 on Twitter

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Clock Above Fantasyland Castle Gateway

                                      I like the story of the fairy's putting it to sleep.

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                                      • #20
                                        Re: Clock Above Fantasyland Castle Gateway

                                        what time is it in Europe or where ever Sleeping Beauty is themed when it is 12:25?

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