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Cinderella Castle being revamped for Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary

by Tharin White

Cinderella Castle is undergoing yet another revamped look, this time for the park’s 50th anniversary. Last July, we looked at the brand new rose gold color scheme which was completed during the park’s extended closure. Now, Cinderella Castle is getting ready for even more paint and decorations as the big 5-0 gets close. These shots, from Bioreconstruct on Twitter, give us an up-close look at the changes being made.

Cinderella Castle 50th Anniversary Paint Job Revamp

Cinderella Castle is one of the most recognizable structures in the entire world. This castle is nearly 50 years old and has been the forefront of the park’s symbolism since its inception.

Cinderella Castle's designs through the years.
Photos by Matt Roseboom

In a previous article, we showcased how Cinderella Castle’s look has differed over the years. While the main color scheme didn’t really change for those updates, the decorations did.

New buntings and decorations at Magic Kingdom.

The new embellishments feature a royal blue jewel, gold detailing, and shimmering, iridescent draping. Walt Disney Imagineering developed new colors and gold detailing for this makeover inspired by Disney Legend Mary Blair’s original vision of “Cinderella.”

Royal blue painting is nearly complete on the Cinderella Castle rooftops.

Bioreconstruct pointed out that nearly all of the roof painting is complete, with just a few areas left to cover in the more royal blue look.

Cinderella Castle rooftop painting is underway.

The decorations and paint are just a part of Walt Disney World’s plans for the 50th anniversary celebration. Each park at Walt Disney World will use their icon as a “Beacon of Magic.” Rumors have suggested that alongside the new castle look, that we could also see an updated nightly firework spectacular.

While a new firework show has not been confirmed, it is rumored that the “Happily Ever After” nighttime spectacular will be receiving a large update. This update would change out some of the current projections, add new viewing areas, and slightly change the types of fireworks and from where they could be launched.

Paint bubbles in the strong Florida sunshine.

While rumors cannot be confirmed, we can see this current paint scheme change with our own eyes, and we know that even more 50th anniversary updates are on the way. Mickey and Minnie have been photographed in their upcoming new celebration outfits, which are expected to debut later this year.

Disney provided concept art of Cinderella Castle 50th anniversary decorations.
Concept rendering via Disney

The new paint job is coming along, but there is a lot more to be done before the celebration begins. The extended closures due to COVID-19 caused mass layoffs and the parks reopened with reduced capacity. Disney CEO Bob Chapek recently said, “We have no doubt that when we reopen up in parks that were closed, or increase the capacity, that we’ll have some level of social distancing and mask wearing for the remainder of this year.” Disney is consistently monitoring this and adjusting accordingly, but more vaccines and reduced numbers lay a hopeful path for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”


Do you like this 50th anniversary look for Cinderella Castle? Will you make it to Walt Disney World for the celebration? Let us know in the comments below.

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