Sleeping Beauty Castle Storybook
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In another entry I’ll share examples of other attractions in Fantasyland, but here’s Bradley appearing again on a sign just outside Pinocchio’s Daring Journey.
Bradley doesn’t always do well in all caps, but it’s tolerable in this instance.
This post focuses on Bradley. For those who wonder about the other fonts used for the Sleeping Beauty Castle: The book’s title (shown in the first two images) and some of the initials are in Italian Black Ornamented a.k.a. Pamela. The Corridor of Goons (not pictured here) uses Duc de Berry. I couldn’t find a match for the font used in the logo on the main sign (also shown in the last picture) – some of its letterforms are similar to Manuskript-Gotisch.
Thanks, Florian! Added Italian Black Ornamented to the main text.
Bradley (as well as Pamela) and Disney go back a long way: a sign for King Stefan’s Banquet Hall in the then newly opened Cinderella Castle at Disney World is shown in Disney News Magazine Summer 1972:
That issue also has an article about the sign painters working at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
“Lettering (neatly and uniformly drawing the letters of a word) is an important skill for a sign painter to have,” continues [Bob Milek of Disneyland Sign Shop]. “So is the ability to letter different styles of the alphabet. A sign painter who has mastered only one style won’t be of much use to us. Here at Disneyland, we use at least 15 different styles of the alphabet in our signs, and they range anywhere from Bank Script, Baskerville, Engravers Old English, and Franklin Gothic to Fry’s Ornamented, Davida Bold, Jim Crow, and Romantique.”