Cinderella’s Castle in Review

One look at the iconic Cinderella Castle and you know where you are — in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World!  It’s one of the happiest places on earth to vacation.  The castle has had several different looks. I thought it would be fun to take a stroll down memory lane with a look at Cinderella’s Castle in review.

Cinderella Castle 1971For me, nothing beats the original creation.  The mighty castle has watched over the Kingdom since it’s opening in 1971.

Twenty-five years later the castle was transformed into a giant pink Magic Kingdom Castle-25th Anniversary Cakebirthday cake for the anniversary celebration. It’s one of the biggest uh-oh, what were you thinking moments in Disney World history.

It was like a huge balloon tarp completely covering the castle … and, for a whole year. There were a lot of unhappy people, especially those coming to Magic_Kingdom_Cinderella_Castle_50THthe park for the first time and not being able to see the main icon for the Magic Kingdom.

In 2005 the castle was beautifully done with touches of gold to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland.  “The Happiest Celebration on Earth” was celebrated in all Disney theme parks around the world.

My all-time favorite is the present-day holiday nighttime iced castle covered in tiny lights. Very smart move on Disney’s part – by day, it is the look of the original castle and by night a beautiful sparMagic Kingdom Castle-Iced-2015kling structure.  (They must have learned something from the pink birthday cake incident!)

A few years ago, they introduced a projection show during the evening fireworks event. Familiar character images and designs Cinderella's Castle Project Show-2011are projected onto the castle itself. Again, it does not change the look of the original castle except during the show. This keeps castle fans, like me, happy.

And now, just for fun, I have to include the funniest thing they did to the castle.  According to reports, on November 16, 2004, “the famed Cinderella Castle icon at the Magic Kingdom in Florida was discovered this morning to be completely covered in toilet paper, allegedly the work of ‘Stitch,” the mischievous blue alien from Disney’s hit animated Cinderellas Castle toilet-papered by Stitch-2004film “Lilo and Stitch.’  This morning marked the grand opening of ‘Stitch’s Great Escape,’ a brand-new attraction in the Magic Kingdom.”

These are just a few of the different looks of the castle through the years.  Hope you’ve enjoyed my “Cinderella’s Castle in review.”

Do you have a favorite look for the castle? How many different looks for the castle have you seen?

F. G. Mama

About the author…F. G. Mama, Katie McDill, has been in love with Walt Disney World since first entering the gates in 1976. After her two kids went off to college, she moved from Georgia to the backdoor of the Magic Kingdom in Florida. She worked several years at Walt Disney World performing as Fairy Godmother in day parades, the “Best of Disney” castle stage show, and the original Electric Light Parade. For the last ten years, she along with daughter and family, have enjoyed “living the dream” in Celebration (the town that Disney built) just across the bridge from Disney World. During this time she has collaborated with son-in-law Jimmy in several production projects including Orlando Attractions Magazine-The Show, The Mindy Mouse Show and FunaticsTV. Her other career included being a writer, artist/designer, special events creator and coordinator. Now she is enjoying the good life of Anna Maria Island, Celebration, Disney World and, of course, sharing magic at FUNaticsTV!

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