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The Disneyland safety patrol is at it again, this time with Sleeping Beauty Castle in the crosshairs.

Over the past several years Disneyland Management has been targeting areas around the park which could, potentially, pose some sort of perceived safety hazard. Several places throughout the resort have received extra tall railings, and widened bridges. They include Casey Jr. Circus Train, the Golden Horseshoe and the exterior vine of the Alice in Wonderland attraction. Some locations are just no longer accessible to guests, the treehouse on Tom Sawyer Island is the most recent example.

Over the past week workers have been rebuilding the Sleeping Beauty drawbridge, as well as removing the quaint seats along the bridge leading up to the famous Disneyland icon. The drawbridge, which is now affixed and will likely never be raised again, has been completely rebuilt. Where there once was a series of crisscrossing chains and shields, is now a rustic wooden fence and wrought iron bars. Along the bridge leading up to the drawbridge, workers have removed the seats in each of the six alcoves. The thought process, according to Disney blogger and author David Koenig, is to prevent guests from slipping through the chains, or to prevent one from falling over the bridge from atop the seats. Koenig also reported that Disneyland’s safety department has plans to add an eight-inch railing extension to the bridge. So far we have yet to see railing extensions installed. Disneyland installed railing extensions in 2011 inside the Golden Horseshoe.

The Casey Jr Circus Train bridges were widened and railing extensions were installed in 2012. Could we see these types of extensions added to Sleeping Beauty Castle soon?  The Casey Jr Circus Train bridges were widened and railing extensions were installed in 2012. Could we see these types of extensions added to Sleeping Beauty Castle soon? Extensions were installed along the railings inside the Golden Horseshoe in 2011.  Extensions were installed along the railings inside the Golden Horseshoe in 2011.

It is important to note that these “safety improvements” are not in response to any known incidences or governmental inspections. Rather they are reported to be voluntary on what management may perceive to be a liability.

Below you’ll find photos of the Sleeping Beauty Castle bridge changes.

As more changes are unveiled we will update this article.




After nearly 60 years, Disneyland has removed the seats along the Sleeping Beauty Castle bridge After nearly 60 years, Disneyland has removed the seats along the Sleeping Beauty Castle bridge Guests will no longer be able to sit and relax under the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Guests will no longer be able to sit and relax under the shadow of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland The Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge has been rebuilt and can no longer be raised The Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge has been rebuilt and can no longer be raised The new Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge features wood beams and wrought iron The new Sleeping Beauty Castle drawbridge features wood beams and wrought iron Safety rail extensions have been installed along the bridge. Safety rail extensions have been installed along the bridge.

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