Disneyland never announced anything along the lines of closing the Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough "because of 9/11." I recall that Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough stayed open a number of months past 9/11. The doors were closed at some point in 2002, presumably as a cost-cutting move. The doors never reopened to guests.
I do think there's a legitimate security issue with Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough. And by "security" I mean a broad, mundane definition of security, not necessarily terrorism. During its final years, Sleeping Beauty Walkthrough had an unsupervised entrance and exit. Anyone could go in and hide in the nooks and crannies. Ideally, the attraction would have been carefully supervised at all times to assure the safety of guests. I'm sure that Security checked on the attraction regularly (at least I hope so).
The big difference with WDW is that the large, open restaurant in Cinderella Castle is constantly full of cast members and guests. It's completely different than the dark, narrow, twisty, hidden walkthrough in Disneyland.
You make a great point, Werner. Just to clarify, I put the 9/11 phrase in quotes as it wasn't gospel, but something I heard from several friends I have who worked at the park at the time. It might have been speculation on their side, but at the time I got that information from people in different departments.
It would be very easy to just install security cameras, wouldn't it?
I,ve also heard quite a bit that it was closed do to the lack of ADA compliance.
ADA compliance has ZERO to do with closing ANY attraction
opened prior to the inception of that act. Same for the subs,
same for the Skyway. Peoplemover would still be in the same
category, except, that it was converted to Rocket Rods ~ a
diffent type of ride.
I really miss this attraction. ;_; It was a nice way to kill time or spontaneously (sic?) find something to do. Part of the reason why I am into asian ball jointed dolls (see www.denofangels.com for more info) is because of this walk through.
I do remember they got rid of the scene where Phillip fights the dragon. They replaced it with a stained glass window.
Of course, my favorite display was when Briar Rose was headed off to the woods and the fairies say their bye byes!
i never got to see that, when i was a little teeny tiny kid i had only been once to disneyland...and later again in 4th grade...in 8th grade i went about...4 times and then finally, last summer i got a pass...lol im now only in 9th :]