Everything You Need to Know About Cinderella Castle
When you think of Disney World what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Most assuredly is must be Cinderella Castle! While Mickey and Walt are the heart of Disney World, which is why we all love and appreciate them, Cinderella Castle is the soul.
It’s the first thing you see as you pass through Main Street Station and the last thing you see as you’re driving away. Because it is so iconic, we thought we’d share with you everything any fan needs to know about Cinderella Castle.
Cinderella Castle took 18 months to build and was completed in 1971. The castle stands at approximately 189ft tall and has a total of 27 towers. The height of the castle may surprise you since it looks much taller. The reason for this is because it was built to look taller than it actually is by using larger bricks on the bottom and smaller bricks on the top.
Another interesting fact about the castle is that it’s walls are 10 inches think and made with reinforced concrete so that it could withstand winds up to 110 mph. Cool right! It’s nice to know that this iconic symbol was built to last!
Things to do Inside the Castle
Cinderella Castle is not just for looks, it’s filled with fun and exciting things to experience. The first being a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique salon. That’s right your little one’s can go inside Cinderella Castle and emerge as a princess or knight…how exciting! Reservations for this boutique location can be hard to get so make sure and book in advance.
Also, inside on the second floor of the castle is Cinderella’s Royal Table, a restaurant fit for royalty where you and your guests can dine with Disney Princesses. Cinderella’s Royal Table is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is one of the hardest places to get a reservation but if your prepared and persistent you just might snag one of the coveted tables.
The Secret Bedroom Suite
All children and even adults for that matter dream of living in a castle…now imagine that the castle is in the middle of Magic Kingdom! While only a few lucky individuals have ever experienced it, this dream is possible. Located in the top of Cinderella Castle is a bedroom suite fit for a King (or a family of 4 to 6 people).
The suite was originally built for Walt and his family to stay in when they visited the park, but he didn’t live long enough to use it. Eventually it was finished and is now only used for special giveaway winners or invited celebrities.
There are multiple types of shows surrounding Cinderella Castle. While the sun is up shows are performed at varying times throughout the day on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. Each of the shows contain music, dancing, and lots of your favorite Disney characters.
One of the greatest shows of all time is the Once Upon A Time nighttime show. This show uses projection-mapping to cover every inch of the castle’s surface turning it into a large movie screen. The lights around Magic Kingdom are dimmed in preparation for the show so that nothing interferes with the projections. The show is narrated by Mrs. Potts who is telling Chip a bedtime story. The show is great and the technology behind it is amazing.
One show that you might not know about is the ‘Kiss Goodnight’. The show is played after the park closes, so unless you are night owl you most likely have not seen it. The show is simple, but the meaning behind the show is what makes it such a special thing to see.
It starts with Cinderella Castle being covered in twinkling lights as ‘When You Wish Upon A Star’ plays in the background. A narrator then greets the guests and recites part of Roy O. Disney’s Walt Disney World opening speech and finishing by wishing everyone goodnight.
Other Things You Might Want to Know
- Did you know that you can get married in front of Cinderella Castle? Well, you can! It’s the perfect place that bride who wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day.
- Inside Cinderella Castle are 5 murals each 15ft x 10ft. The murals tell the story of Cinderella and are made form 300,000 pieces of Italian glass.
- The Design of Cinderella Castle was inspired by real-life castles including Fontainebleau, Versailles, and Castle Neuschwanstein.
- The moat surrounding Cinderella Castle holds over 3 million gallons of water.
- Magic Kingdom is a no-fly zone.
Now that you know everything about Cinderella Castle it’s time to book you trip and come experience its grandeur for yourselves.
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Hello Disney Fans! Janie here. I was a Disney kid growing up and now that I am an adult I love it even more. Whether its movies, music, parks, or games I just can’t get enough of it. I visit Disney World at least twice a year and even when I’m not there it’s all I can think about! My favorite part about Disney is how it brings out the inner child in everyone and I hope that by sharing my love of Disney I’ll be inspiring others to visit and take part in the Disney magic.