The Disney Castle, or Cinderella Castle, has always been a cherished icon of the Walt Disney Company. It’s not only the primary symbol used in all film title cards, the castle itself is the main symbol and focal point of the theme parks.
Beloved by almost everyone in America, and across the world, Disney movies and theme parks have held a significant nostalgic meaning.
Knowing this, it’s no surprise fans of the Disney franchise get the Disney castle tattoo. It is the ultimate symbol of fandom and when someone sees this tattoo, there is no confusion of what it is. If there is some confusion, we will try to clear it up in this post by discussing what the Disney castle is and where it comes from.
By the end of the post, we hope the reader will have a better understanding of the Disney castle tattoo and why it is such a popular image.
The Walt Disney Company, commonly known and referred to as simply Disney was founded in October of 1923 when animator Walt Disney created the short film, Alice’s Wonderland, based on the 1865 novel written by Lewis Carroll.
Initially named the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, accompanied by co-founder and brother of Walt, Roy Disney, the cartoon catalog was expanded in 1928 when Walt created the short Steamboat Willie, featuring the future Disney icon – initially named Mortimer and ultimately was changed to the well-known and beloved – Mickey Mouse.
Being the first cartoon with synchronized sound, the short was an immediate hit. In following the success of Steamboat Willie, Walt further developed the Mickey Mouse world by adding other characters such as Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Mickey’s dog, Pluto.
In 1937, after three years in the making, Disney released their first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Following the continuing success of Snow White, the studio continued to produce and release feature-length films such as Pinocchio (1940), Fantasia (1940), Dumbo (1941), and Bambi (1942).
What is the Disney Castle
The iconic Disney Castle only exists in two locations: the original castle in the Magic Kingdom, a part of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and Tokyo Disney in Tokyo, Japan. The Magic Kingdom, the first Disney theme park which opened in 1971, was Walt’s greatest and most secretive dream for the brand, of which Cinderella’s Castle was built as the main focal point and center base of the theme park.
Originally intended to be a business suite for the Disney family and executives, Walt died five years after the opening of the first theme park, leaving the castle unfinished. As such, the court was renovated to become a more functional building, including the lavish “dream suite,” decorated to reflect the aesthetics of the said movie. The suite is exclusively available to specially selected guests, typically contest winners or Make-A-Wish families.
In a similar fashion, the Sleeping Beauty Castle was created and is featured in the Disneyland park in Anaheim, California as well as Hong Kong Disney, located in Hong Kong, China.
As such a significant portion of family films and adventures, the company is beloved among families throughout the world. Children and adults alike have continued to love and enjoy Disney movies, now extending beyond the standard hand-drawn cartoon animation films to computer animation and live-action films, through the decades.
Many connect a strong family bond to the special family trips to Disney theme parks and experiences watching and enjoying the films together, closely identifying such experiences as the center of fantastic family memories and bonds.
Disney Castle Tattoo Symbolism
With such a strong nostalgic bond to the Disney brand, the iconic symbol of the Disney Castle is an obvious choice as a symbolistic tattoo for many. The range of variations of the castle is vast, given how long the iconic symbol has been around. Many choose to tattoo the original ‘90s-00s simplistic castle outline used in the title card of many Disney movies. On the other hand, an equal amount opts for a more realistic depiction.
Disney Castle Tattoo with Mickey (and Other Characters)
Many variations include the iconic three-circle outline of Mickey’s head, commonly encompassing the castle or featured in the center. The castle is often surrounded by a frame of images from films or several items depicting specific films. They might include the pumpkin carriage from Cinderella, Aladdin’s genie lamp or Snow White’s poisoned apple to name a few.
This depends on whether there is one or many films that have particular meaning to the tattoo. Most commonly, the castle is surrounded by fireworks, both indicating the original film title card used or the daily fireworks show done at all Disney theme parks. All of which are located in the center of the park, the Disney Castle, which features Tinkerbell lighting up the uppermost point of the castle and kicking off the show.
Ultimately, the various characters indicate many various traits: Mickey indicates cheerfulness and eternal youth; many or all Disney characters/princesses indicate power and femininity; Aladdin indicates cunning wit; Lion King characters indicate courage, pride and strength; the rose from Beauty and the Beast indicates true love; Winnie the Pooh indicating an idealistic, childlike whimsy, etc.
Watercolor Disney Castle Tattoo Variations
The castle imagery is most commonly done in color, and more recently has been depicted in the current watercolor aesthetic trend. While the castle in and of itself indicates a happy, childlike sense of wonder, depicting the castle in a watercolor aesthetic emphasizes the fantastic and lightheartedness. The whimsical flow of the watercolor theme captures the happy childhood days the Disney Castle symbolizes.
Disney Castle Tattoo Placement
The castle can be used in a more minor placement when done in a simple outline layout. Typically, the castle is done in more detail and depending on the amount of detail can fill a full sleeve, back or leg, but can also be more simplistic in filling smaller areas such as a foot or wrist.
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