Shirley Temple Black cut the ribbon for the first version of the Sleeping Beauty Castle attraction two years after Disneyland opened. At the time it was a walk-through exhibit inspired by illustrated manuscripts and carried out in the modernist style of Eyvind Earle, the artist who painted most of the backgrounds for the movie. This was not the first meeting between Shirley Temple Black and Walt Disney. She had previously presented him with a special Academy Award in 1939, for his incredible incredible achievement creating Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs .
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