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.
For 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 birthday 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 the 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 sparkling 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 are 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 film “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?