Happy Friday Everyone!
Today I want to introduce a new weekly segment called FLASHBACK FRIDAY! I absolutely love learning fun facts and historical tidbits about all things Disney, so each Friday I’ll bring you some fascinating little stories for your enjoyment, entertainment, and education.
This month we celebrate the premiere of the sixteenth animated feature from The Walt Disney Company! On January 29th, 1959, the romantic and magical tale of Sleeping Beauty premiered, bringing an iconic Disney Princess and villainous wicked witch to life. The film holds a special place in Disney history, as it was the last fairy tale produced by the wonderful Walt Disney himself.
Did you know that Sleeping Beauty's Castle is the only attraction at Disneyland Park that opened before the animated film?? No mistake here! Aurora’s castle made its debut in 1955 with the opening of Disneyland to generate excitment for the animated film that would follow four years later in 1959. What a fun little tidbit to share with your friends and family next time you visit Disneyland!
BROWN OR BLUE EYES?
Ever notice a difference in the beautiful Aurora’s eyes during the film? If so, then you are quite the vigilant movie-watcher! Sleeping Beauty is in fact introduced with chocolate-brown eyes; however, when she is awoken by a kiss from Prince Phillip, her eyes open to reveal a vibrant, crystal blue. Looks like true love’s kiss packs quite the magical punch!
Notice that Aurora's eyes are brown here...
...and blue after she awakes!
Sleeping Beauty products have undergone quite a makeover since 1959. Check out some photos below of paper dolls from the 1960s compared to the Sleeping Beauty Dolls we carry in Disney Store today!
These vintage Sleeping Beauty Paper Dolls are beautiful! Anyone else remember Little Golden books?
Designs sure have changed! The Aurora Figure Play Set, Singing Sleeping Beauty Doll, and Good Fairies Mini Plush are part of the new era of Disney Store.
So there you have it! Some fun tidbits to muse on as we gear up for the weekend. Did any of you already know these facts? Which ones? Do you have any other neat stories or tidbits related to Sleeping Beauty? Please share them in the comments section below!
if through this wicked witch's trick,
a spindle should your finger prick...
a ray of hope there still may be
in this, the gift I give to thee.
Not in death, but just in sleep,
the fateful prophecy you'll keep.
And from this slumber you shall wake,
when true love's kiss, the spell shall break.