Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Disney Christmas in Frankford

Steven Bailey, of Augusta, in background, discusses his model of Disney World that he has created in his garage. The outside is constructed as a castle.

FRANKFORD -- Sussex County residents don't have to fly to Florida or England to see a castle fit for a princess: a 25-foot model castle, based off of Cinderella's castle at Disney World, sits beside a residential home located at 85 Plains Road in Augusta.

As a display that is free for visitors of all ages, the only requirement of owner and creator Steven Bailey is to embrace the holiday spirit.

The castle, which began its season last week,is open to the public 6 to 9 p.m. seven days a week until Dec. 29, weather pending. Mickey and Minnie Mouse greet visitors at the entrance of the castle, which has been converted from a garage, as visitors are welcomed to the sights and sounds of Disney World, including a miniature display of Disney World's main streets, attractions, and most famous characters, from movies such as "Toy Story," "Tarzan," and "Alice in Wonderland."

Most of the display has been made by hand by Bailey, including wooden paintings depicting movie scenes and miniature rides, trains, buses and buildings, all easily recognized by the Disney fan. Bailey begins to create pieces through February, March and April, adding additional displays each season. He draws inspiration from pictures that he took at Disney World, with the ultimate goal of creating Disney World for locals. Additionally, Bailey's residence is elaborately decorated with lights and candy canes.

In the castle's third year of operation, Bailey is accepting donations from visitors to go toward the Beauty Foundation, a charity based in Red Bank. The charity's cause and mission is to make a difference in the lives of those suffering from cancer through easing financial strain caused by the disease.

Bailey estimates that his display raised $1,500 for the charity last season.

Read More: http://www.njherald.com/story/20368366/christmas-brings-the-magic-of-disney-to-frankford

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