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Snow-Capped Mountains Behind Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

Heather Hust Rivera

by , Director of Public Relations, Walt Disney Publishing

Snow-Capped Mountains Behind Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle

And you thought the Matterhorn was the only snow-capped mountain at the Disneyland Resort!

You may have heard it snows at Disneyland park during the holidays, but as this photo shows, on some days, Southern California’s snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains provide a lovely backdrop to Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle.

Paul Hiffmeyer, the chief photographer at the Disneyland Resort, recently captured this photo, and he has many other interesting images to share. Beginning in the new year, Paul will share his work and some of the stories that surround the images he takes.


  • What an awesome picture!!!! I can’t wait to see more of his photographs. I swear everytime I go on this site I end up with tears in my eyes. Happy tears that is……..

  • Spent December 24th and 25th at Disneyland! Wonderful time! Heard Merry Christmas everywhere from everyone!

  • What a beautiful picture. I miss those days living in Southern California. I now live in New Jersey and we have 2 feet of snow. Wish I could spend Christmas in Disneyland.

  • Mary from Santa Barbara, CA….
    That picture is breath taking. Once again Disney really knowns how to take our breath away….Happy Holidays to all you Disney fans!

  • I grew up 20 minutes from Disneyland, and I can count on one hand the number of times I saw the mountains this clearly. It almost looks fake, it’s so pretty. I had a coworker move to San Pedro from Colorado, and he lived there for 6 months before he knew we were surrounded by mountains. Shocked the heck out of him. Man, I forget how gorgeous the San Gabriels can be…

  • I was there on my birthday Dec. 7th it rained all day. It was wonderful.When we left the next day to go home to Las Vegas, it looked just like that.I remember as a kid how beautiful the mountains could be.

  • Awesome!!!!

  • Magical! Walt can pull off anything . . . even a glorious snowy background for his Anaheim project 8:-D

  • Makes me wish I was there! What a great photo!

  • This looks like it was taken early in the morning, it’s usually only then that the skys are clear enough (plus the park being so empty) to see those mountains.

  • What a beautiful photo! I love the snowy SoCal mountains in the background.

  • This is gorgeous! Is there any way that this picture could be available to download in computer background format? I would love to look at it all the time since it combines my two favorite things- Disneyland and snowy mountains!

  • Nice photo!

  • It’s so cool to see the castle with a backdrop like that! It’s even cooler because I live right behind those mountains!

  • One of my favorite places to take shots of the castle from is the wheelhouse of the Mark Twain, but the angle doesn’t look right for that.

  • he’s probably on top of a building..the refreshment (coca cola) corner perhaps

  • What a beautiful photo! I just made it my computer’s wallpaper! :)

  • I am in love with this photo. It’s always a gorgeous view when you get to see the mountains behind the castle. Usually don’t get to.

  • The reason that you may not have noticed the mountains is that they are often hidden by haze and smog. A friend tells a true story about moving to Southern California and opening the curtains one morning after living there for 3 months and suddenly seeing the mountains for the first time… Don’t get me wrong, I love the area and am from California, but the haze does often hide the San Gabriels

    I am curious where he was when he took this shot?? It appears to be from an elevated level…

  • i have never notice the mountains before….lovely pic!

  • Possibly one of the most beautiful castle pictures I have ever seen. Love it!

  • What a beautiful shot! ºOº It really makes Sleeping Beauty’s Castle look even more magical in its Fantasyland home. Can’t wait to see more of Paul’s photos in January!

    NCDisneyDad Bob ºOº

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