- Cinderella Castle is the main landmark of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
- That being said, the attraction has changed quite a bit over the years.
- The castle was redecorated for the theme park’s 50th anniversary in October 2021.
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According to Disney World, materials like concrete, steel, plaster, cement, and fiberglass were used during construction of the castle, but bricks surprisingly played no part, despite the castle’s outward appearance.
Each spire was also topped with a small flag. To this day, the castle still stands as the tallest structure in Magic Kingdom, reaching 189 feet (57.61m).
While some people loved the transformation, others weren’t as impressed. After all, people travel from across the world to have their photo taken in front of Cinderella’s home — not a larger-than-life cake.
A “magic mirror” was also attached to the front of the castle, displaying images of other Disney castles located around the world.
Even further inside, they encountered Cinderella Castle covered in toilet paper and a sign that read “Stitch is King!”
Similar decorations are still used throughout the park today — and they’re all purchased by a single Disney cast member, according to “One Day at Disney,” a book that documents the wide variety of roles held by Disney employees.
Between the months of November and December, Disney put a holiday twist on the show, covering Cinderella Castle in images of candy canes and gingerbread.
No specific changes were revealed at the time, but a mock-up image seemed to show that the castle would be painted pink. It was then unclear when parkgoers would be able to see the new and improved castle, but renovations had begun before the park temporarily closed.
However, construction at Disney World was halted that same month as a result of the pandemic, and it’s unclear how this will affect changes to the castle.
“The gesture is a salute to medical personnel on behalf of all Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members during these challenging times,” a representative for Walt Disney World News wrote at the time.
While many people say they love the landmark’s new, bold colors, others have argued that the castle now looks unfinished and too similar to Disneyland’s castle.
That being said, Magic Kingdom Vice President Jason Kirk said on the Disney Parks Blog that painters are still applying “finishing touches” to the castle.
After the Los Angeles Lakers won the 2020 NBA Final on October 11, Disney celebrated the win by shining purple-and-gold lights across Cinderella Castle.
The new decorations complement the pink-and-gold paint job the castle received in 2020.