Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World is a shining example of Disney’s extraordinary attention to detail. Read on for 15 interesting facts!
Did you know the proper pronunciation is Cinderella Castle and not Cinderella’s castle? Most people make it possessive, which is a common mistake and I that I made for years! After years of going to the parks, chatting with cast members, taking tours, and having a daughter that works at Disney, I’ve learned some pretty fascinating things about the castle!
Facts about Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World:
- Cinderella Castle opened in the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971, and it took 18 months to build.
- The castle’s design and architecture are inspired by real-life castles like Fontainebleau and Versailles.
- There is not a single brick in the structure. It’s constructed of fiberglass, steel, concrete, and plastic.
- Cinderella Castle is the most photographed building at Walt Disney World.
- As you walk through the castle, you’ll see five mosaic murals that tell the story of Cinderella.
- The murals alone took 22 months and over 300,000 pieces of Italian glass to build the murals.
- Much like the rest of the park, there is an entire area under the castle that is mostly used for storage.
- The moat that surrounds the castle holds over 3 million gallons of water.
- All the coins collected in the Cinderella Wishing Well are donated to children’s charities every year.
- Disney can NOT tear down the castle for inclement weather. That’s a rumor – and impossible.
- There’s a restaurant inside (Cinderella’s Royal Table). You can make a reservation HERE
- Unlike the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, the Cinderella Castle drawbridge cannot be raised.
- At Christmastime, more than 200,000 lights are strung on fisherman’s net dyed to match the castle.
- At 189 feet high, it’s the second-tallest structure on the property. Tower of Terror is 10 feet taller!
- The top floor of the castle was originally designed for Walt Disney and his family to live, but he passed away before the park opened. It has since been transformed into a magical suite where guests can stay, but you can’t make a reservation. Disney randomly chooses guests and surprises them, and there is no way to know when or how it’s going to happen.
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