from Sleeping Beauty CastleHerb and Walt took inspiration from the castle of Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, one of King Ludwig IIís fairy-tale castles built during his years of madness, and at great cost to the coffers of Bavaria (it remains partly unfinished to this day). But Herb thought the Disneyland version looked too much like Neuschwanstein, so he experimented with the model and turned the top of it around backwards Ė at which point Walt walked into the room and liked what he saw.
The castle was already a miniature version of the original [ Neuschwanstein Castle ]; was this "personal touch" really necessary? Did it add to the castle's aesthetic appeal? Hmm. They might've been right, but at only 77 ft. tall, it also wouldn't have hurt for them to have pushed it to be a bit taller and grander, maybe 100 ft, at least
this sketch makes it look bigger than it came out to be^
..and I never realized how awesome it looks from