Watch the Magical Moment Disneyland Lights Up Sleeping Beauty Castle After a Year-Long Shutdown

Disneyland is gearing up for its grand reopening.

The California theme park lit up Sleeping Beauty Castle in the heart of Disneyland on Monday evening, as it prepares to welcome guests back to the resort on April 30.

After more than a year-long closure amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Disneyland Resort Ambassadors, Justin Rapp and Rafa Barron, took part in a livestream of the relighting.

“As cast members, we know the enormous effort it has taken to get back to this point and why returning to this happy place is so special for all of us,” Barron said, as Rapp called the feat “uplifting.”

“Tonight, taking in the majesty of Sleeping Beauty Castle, we recognize its significance of the symbols of the hopes and dreams of so many,” Rapp added.

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Mary Li Returns to the Stage in Queensland Ballet’s THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 30 Years After Retiring

Mary Li Returns to the Stage in Queensland Ballet's THE SLEEPING BEAUTY 30 Years After Retiring

Three decades after retiring Mary Li will return to the stage in June in Queensland Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty.

Queensland Ballet’s Mistress and Principal Répétiteur recently released her best-selling autobiography, Mary’s Last Dance, the long-awaited sequel to her husband Li Cunxin’s best-selling memoir Mao’s Last Dancer.

Hear Li talk about her return to the stage in a new interview with ABC here.

The Sleeping Beauty runs 4 – 19 June 2021 at the Lyric Theatre at QPAC. Li appears as The Queen for three performances only: 8 June at 6:30pm, 10 June at 7:30pm, and 15 June at 6:30pm.

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Mary Li (formerly Mary McKendry) started her dance training in Queensland at the age of eight. She successfully completed the RAD Solo Seal Award in Australia and continued her training at the Royal Ballet School in London.

Mary joined the

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Disney fan theory claims Prince Philip has a secret connection to Sleeping Beauty movie

ON paper, Prince Philip’s life resembles a modern fairytale – after a very traumatic childhood, he fell in love with a Princess and went on to become the longest-serving consort in history.

But while like this sounds like something straight out of a children’s books, it turns out the late Duke of Edinburgh actually does have a secret connection to one of our favourite fairytales.

Prince Philip and The Queen married in 1947


Prince Philip and The Queen married in 1947Credit: Getty Images – Getty

After the Duke sadly passed away at the age of 99 last week, Disney fans began tweeting about how they were turning to the Sleeping Beauty movie for comfort.

“Feeling like I need to watch Sleeping Beauty tonight since Prince Philip died,” one wrote. “After all, that’s how the movie’s Prince got his name.”

According to the movie’s IMDb page, the leading man in the film – which was released

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Sleeping Beauty: 10 Things That Didn’t Age Well

Sleeping Beauty is a Disney classic with great visuals and an interesting story, but there are plenty of things that have not aged well in the movie.

Disney’s 1959 animated musical Sleeping Beauty is certainly one of the many classic fairy tale adaptations that haven’t aged well. The Disney princess’s magical tale originated from the original work The Sun, the Moon, and Talia which was composed by the Italian poet Giambattista Basile and published in 1634.

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The Walt Disney family-friendly version tells the story of a beautiful princess named Aurora who is cursed to die on her sixteenth birthday by the evil witch Maleficent. Her curse is lessened by the good fairy Merryweather and instead of dying, Aurora falls into a deep sleep that can only be awakened by true love’s kiss. While

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Sleeping beauty: 5 dermatologist recommendations for nighttime body care | Senior Living Online Features

Minimize noise with a white noise machine or fan if you wake frequently during the night.

Practice a soothing bedtime routine, like turning off gadgets early and enjoying a warm, relaxing shower.

2. Use products that work overnight

Choose products that work overnight to moisturize to revitalize skin, renew your skin’s surface, and restore dry skin while you sleep. “If your skin sounds squeaky or feels tight after a shower, it has likely been stripped of its natural moisture,” said Farhang.

She recommends Olay Body Wash with Retinol. Supercharged with Retinol and Vitamin B3 Complex, this body wash supports your skin’s natural pH and deeply hydrates to replenish skin’s moisture barrier. It moisturizes to improve skin 3X better than the leading body wash to transform skin from dry and dull to bright and smooth!

3. Elevate your nighttime body care routine with a rinse-off body conditioner

Simply applying lotion

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SLEEPING BEAUTY and SWAN LAKE Comes to Sheffield City Hall

SLEEPING BEAUTY and SWAN LAKE Comes to Sheffield City Hall

Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake have been announced for performances at Sheffield City Hall in October. Both will be performed on Sunday 24 October, with Sleeping Beauty at 14:30 and Swan Lake at 19:30.

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Swan Lake

Russian State Ballet and Opera House returns to Sheffield City Hall on Sunday 24 October 2021 to present the timeless ballet of Swan Lake with a vibrant and enchanting full touring ballet production featuring live Orchestra with over 30 musicians.

With its instantly recognizable music and a timeless story of good versus evil, Swan Lake is the greatest of romantic ballets, featuring an evocative score from the prolific composer Tchaikovsky.

Swan Lake is a Russian classic, replete with haunting music and exquisite dance. This ballet has captured the imagination of many generations. Its fairy-tale mystery and romance continues to fascinate audiences worldwide.

Swan Lake is a

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