Cinderelly, Cinderelly! If you’re going to head to the biggest celebration in Walt Disney World history, you got to look your best. Cinderella’s Castle definitely knows this. With Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary less than a year away, are you we seeing an early glimpse of the celebration decorations? As Neil Patrick Harris would say, let’s suit up! Off the Magic Kingdom, we go.
What History Tells Us
A lot! As they say, we can learn a lot from history. When it comes to Walt Disney World or Disney Park celebrations, everything usually centers around the castle. In Disney World, that’s Cinderella’s Castle. Over the years, we’ve seen Cinderella’s Castle take on many different looks for a variety of celebrations. For the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney World, the castle transformed into a pink birthday cake. Additionally, when Disneyland celebrated it’s 60th anniversary all the Disney castles from around the globe transformed for the occasion.
Passholder Insights: One of our Magic Kingdom Rope Drop strategies is to head through Cinderella’s Castle towards Fantasyland for Peter Pan’s Flight.
What We Know
It’s the 70th anniversary of the movie Cinderella! To celebrate the occasion Walt Disney World will be adding a few golden touches to Cinderella’s Castle. On February 17, 2020, Disney Parks announced the project for transforming the castle would begin in a few days and completed by the summer. By adding accents of gold and hints of rose gold Cinderella’s Castle is definitely becoming the bell of the ball. Nothing will be impacted while the transformation occurs, including Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire stage show and Happily Ever After.
Passholder Insights: Examining the concept art it looks the hints of purple iridescent paint could be added to the spires to creating a “shimmering” look.
Ok, Nate, what does the 70th anniversary have to do with the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary? Everything and nothing all at once! In the DVC Duo house, we believe the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Cinderella is a way for Disney World to take the first step in transforming the castle for the big event. With the 50th anniversary expected to begin in January of 2021, Disney would have to paint the castle prior to the holiday season in order to meet the deadline. During the holiday season, Cinderella’s Castle is draped with Christmas lights which would prevent any type of painting to occur.
By pre-painting Cinderella’s Castle Disney would be able to make the transition to the 50th Anniversary version of the castle very quickly. It is still unknown exactly what Disney has planned, but we would project it to be something simple so it would not impact the castle projections for Happily Ever After.
Passholder Insights: One of the best times to book a Dessert Party at the Magic Kingdom is during the busiest times of the year, like Christmas.
Beautiful! Looking at the concept art what Disney has planned for Cinderella’s Castle is both elegant and fitting for the 50th anniversary. Afterall the 50th anniversary is the “golden” anniversary. Well, Cinderelly it looks like you’ll be turning heads at the celebration!