Walt Disney believed that he could imagine, create and build the happiest place on earth, but we all know it takes a village to make grandiose dreams a reality. So when Disneyland Paris commissioned thousands of children all over Europe to draw their rendition of a castle of imagination, the onslaught of ideas that were submitted were only the beginning of what would become an incredible tribute to the importance of fostering childhood creativity. After receiving over 1,000 entries, 16 renderings were selected for the design and construction of what is now a real life 10 meters high “Imagination Castle” in the heart of Paris that features an amalgamation of the creative artwork from little dreamers. Click through to watch this castle of creativity come to life.

The Imagination Castle, erected by Disney’s partnership with French advertising firm BETC Paris and a team of architects, web designers and construction workers, sat on display for 10 days in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris. Submissions for the project were received electronically from children ages 3 to 8 years old across the United Kingdom, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium. The remaining drawings were used to cover the walls of the Concorde metro station as part of a magical tribute to the imagination of children all over the world, bearing the message: “Thank you to all of the children with castles full of imagination.”

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Lead Image via Disneyland Paris’ Facebook