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    The trees around the Castle make it look small

    Today's MiceChat Roundup banner grabbed my attention. It's something I've thought about from time to time, but this really makes me realize how the trees surrounding the Castle make it appear smaller.



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    Some of the trees in the banner are in front of the Castle in the center of the hub. Those don't seem to be much of a problem at all. If you're standing right in front of the Castle, you don't notice the trees behind it and to the sides as much. But when you're coming down Main Street it dawns on you how small the Castle really is. I know these trees are probably almost as old as the park itself, and there's really no way to "trim" them without removing them entirely (which I generally don't like the idea of cutting down old trees). I'm not a tree expert, but maybe they're even still growing. The Castle needs to have trees around it, no doubt. They help give it a more natural look. At least until they grow taller than the castle itself.

    What are y'all's thoughts on this? Should something be done to fix this, or should Disney just let the trees be?

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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    Quote Originally Posted by Victoria View Post
    But when you're coming down Main Street it dawns on you how small the Castle really is.



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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    I don't think the castle looks terribly small,. I actually prefer this castle instead of the one at WDW because its charming rather than scary-looking. But the trees don't make a huge difference.

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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    The castle is small and the trees don't help it much. Time for a trimming The one at WDW is a decent size...
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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    I don't think it makes much of a difference. The forced perspective isn't that effective from such a long distance anyway. It becomes an important factor the closer in you get and this works regardless of the trees.

    Besides, the trees do a fairly good job of hiding things you really don't want to see from Main Street, though occasionally some things peak through.

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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    maybe they want main street to look longer so they make the castle look smaller with all the trees.



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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    Man those trees seem to swallow the castle!! It's true, our castle is teeny, but on the other hand, I don't think Walt imagined it would be such a trademark, or that he'd have so many other theme parks in which they chose to build bigger castles. Sleeping Beauty Castle was a big feat for its day.


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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    I adore Disneyland's small castle but I love Magic Kingdom's large Cinderella Castle more.

    The trees being small around DL's castle probably would make it more like the Storybook Ride. I prefer the large trees. It makes the castle an almost secret find in the midst of overgrown trees.
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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    This is interesting since the trees on the Matterhorn were purposely dwarfed to make the mountain appear taller. I certainly wouldn't protest if they did they for the castle as well. I'm not gonna have some kind of Bring Back the PeopleMover and Save the Rainforest freak-out about it though. I could take it either way.
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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16 View Post
    Besides, the trees do a fairly good job of hiding things you really don't want to see from Main Street, though occasionally some things peak through.
    In particular, the tall trees directly behind the castle (which are actually directly behind Casey Jr. Circus Train) hide the Fantasyland Theater Princess Fantasy Faire tent from view.



    Keep in mind, too, that we're talking about how the castle looks from long distances, i.e. looking down the length of Main Street. Once you get to the central hub and closer, the trees fall out of the background and to the sides and things are in better proportion.








    And if you think the trees make Sleeping Beauty's castle look small, well, I don't know what to tell Cinderella:

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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    Size doesn't matter. Walt built it that way.
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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    The castle is bigger than where I live, so it seems big to me! Plus I love it too much to even have noticed the tree issue (but I notice it now...)

    My bigger concern is that one day the size issue of Snow White and her buddies over by the wishing well will make some Dizexec choose to move them. It's a fear of mine...

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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey1969 View Post
    I don't think the castle looks terribly small,. I actually prefer this castle instead of the one at WDW because its charming rather than scary-looking. But the trees don't make a huge difference.
    Plus I lik ehow the Disneyland castle is made with real brick and mortar as opposed to fiberglass made to look like brick at WDW.

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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    Quote Originally Posted by Imag1neer View Post
    Plus I lik ehow the Disneyland castle is made with real brick and mortar as opposed to fiberglass made to look like brick at WDW.
    Umm... you sure about that?

    I think it's actually made out of wood, some steel framing, and some type of strong fiberglass coverings. It's definitely not brick.

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    Re: The trees around the Castle make it look small

    I have no idea but thanks for the great excuse!

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