In one of my recent top Disney movie lists, I mentioned Sleeping Beauty and when I came across it on Blu-ray recently and saw it included a commentary with Disney and Pixar legend, John Lassester, I had to have it. I've since listened to the commentary and was super excited to find that film historian, Leonard Maltin and animator, Andreas Deja were also featured in the commentary track.
Anyway... this is basically just a preamble to the fact that I want to share with you a piece of Disney trivia today for Trivia Tuesday.
So, Sleeping Beauty was one of the first films that Walt Disney didn't have the biggest hand in shaping. Of course, he had final say but his energies were being spent elsewhere in his TV show, as well as the opening of his first theme park, Disneyland.
Whether you've been to Disneyland or not, you're probably familiar with the iconic, Sleeping Beauty's castle in the middle of the park but it turns out that the castle was originally meant to represent Disney's first princess, Snow White but was later changed to Sleeping Beauty to better publicise the then current release.
I always wondered why Snow White wasn't better represented in the park and now I know.