Cinderella Castle to receive royal makeover at Walt Disney World

by Brittani Tuttle

Walt Disney World has announced that, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the animated film “Cinderella,” Cinderella Castle will soon undergo a magical transformation.

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“We are excited to share that her story has inspired a bold, shimmering and royal makeover of her namesake castle at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort,” said Disney in a statement.

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Work on the overall enhancements coming to the castle will begin in the coming weeks, and will continue through the end of summer. Based on the concept art released, it appears as though the castle will receive all-over gold accents, a refreshed blue paint on the turrets, and what looks to be a pale rose gold-colored paint job to the upper levels (though this could also just be the use of lighting in the concept image).

This makeover of Cinderella Castle is yet another part of the overall transformation of Walt Disney World Resort ahead of its 50th anniversary in 2021.

Disney has also said that this transformation will not interfere with presentations of “Happily Ever After” and “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.” This will also not affect any reservations for offerings inside the castle, like Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Cinderella’s Royal Table.

For those worried about taking photos in front of the castle, don’t fret! Vice President of Magic Kingdom Jason Kirk has said that while there may be some temporary construction equipment around the castle, the structure itself will stay uncovered — so you’re photos are safe!

Stay tuned for more updates on Cinderella Castle’s enhancements as work begins.


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Richard Dauphinais February 17, 2020 - 12:56 pm

As long as they don’t do a cake like they did for the 25th. Ruined our trip that year.

Brittani Tuttle February 17, 2020 - 1:28 pm

What is shown in the concept art is what they plan to do to the castle. No cakes here.

Habib February 17, 2020 - 3:42 pm

No one cares

Noneya February 17, 2020 - 3:46 pm

If that ruined your trip, your life must be pretty depressing. My family thought it was a cute and fun makeover 🤷🏼‍♀️

Disneyboy February 17, 2020 - 6:37 pm

Agreed. I thought the bright pink facade was clever and whimsical. It’s okay to be a purist. But allowing a temporary makeover to ruin your vacation trip, is a castle of a different color.

Bonnie Murrell February 17, 2020 - 4:57 pm

That was so horrible. Hopefully whoever dreamt that one up is no longer working at Disney.

Figment lover February 17, 2020 - 7:50 pm

Nahh, think of it as lucky. Not everyone got to see it that way. And it probably will never be that way ever again. Cheers!

Frostycat February 18, 2020 - 4:02 pm

We loved the cake. How could that ruin your trip?

Lisa February 17, 2020 - 2:18 pm

Will it interfere with Happily Ever After?

Brittani Tuttle February 17, 2020 - 4:57 pm

It will not.

Kathy C February 17, 2020 - 5:29 pm

Article says it won’t interfere with Happily Ever After.

Jay22 February 17, 2020 - 6:06 pm

The last sentence of the article literally stated it would not interfere with HEA.

melissa sturgill February 17, 2020 - 2:22 pm

Why do they have to start work in the summer when people are going for vacation? Do the work in the winter

Mads February 17, 2020 - 4:52 pm

As an Orlando resident, I can confirm that our busy time is winter. Summer has some families show up, of course, but when it’s 95 degrees outside and 100% humidity, nobody wants to be outside.

Kmichus February 17, 2020 - 5:02 pm

Yup, it has changed summer is no longer the busiest time. People have learned that fall and winter are far more pleasant. Which sucks for us localish people

Chad February 17, 2020 - 2:25 pm

Seeing the cake was my first trip to Disney world and I thought it was pretty cool as a kid. Don’t know why so many people hated it

Edee Becker February 17, 2020 - 2:28 pm

Will it be closed to the public in April?

Brittani Tuttle February 17, 2020 - 2:33 pm

They have not said that this will result in any closure of the castle just yet.

Brenda Brown February 17, 2020 - 3:02 pm

Because winter in florida is our so called busy season when the northern folk come to get away from the cold ..

Judy Payne February 17, 2020 - 3:11 pm

When will the 50 ANNIVERSARY start in 2021. Whitch month.

Brittani Tuttle February 17, 2020 - 3:40 pm

The actual anniversary date is Oct. 1, 2021. Though it is likely the 50th anniversary will be a year-long celebration.

G Jo February 17, 2020 - 3:50 pm

Damn. Why in the summer? I’m going next month and I dont wanna see all that construction or the castle covered up. That’s whack.

Sharon lay February 17, 2020 - 5:04 pm

What month will they be starting the construction

Brittani Tuttle February 17, 2020 - 5:14 pm

All they have said was “in the coming weeks.” It could begin at any time.

Jon February 17, 2020 - 5:14 pm

Love me so cake!

Vinnie February 18, 2020 - 1:26 am

The enhancements must be done starting now and into the summer because in October work begins on draping the Castle in Christmas lights for the holiday season

Pia February 19, 2020 - 8:02 am

We are visiting first week of May 2020. Will the renovations be still ongoing by then?

Brittani Tuttle February 19, 2020 - 11:14 am

Most likely. Disney has said the renovations will continue through the summer.


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