Cinderella’s Castle is an iconic and beloved structure located at the heart of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It serves as the main focal point of the theme park, welcoming visitors from around the world to experience the parks many enchanting attractions.
Standing over 180 feet tall, its position in the center of the park provides an instant reminder of Disney magic.
While you may have seen this storybook castle a million times, you probably have no idea about these 18 Cinderella Castle facts.
18 Cinderella Castle Facts
- The Magic Kingdom Castle is officially named Cinderella Castle and the design on it was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.
- The castle took less than 2 years to build and was started in 1969 and completed in 1971.
- While the castle appears to be brick, it is a false façade. Instead, the castle is built of concrete, cement, and fiberglass.
- Cinderella Castle was built to be the focal point of Magic Kingdom so that it could be seen from all areas of the park. In fact, you can see the castle from as far as Grand Floridian Resort.
- It is 189 feet tall but built with forced perspective to make it appear much more grand. Only the first floor is built to scale, the rest is much smaller.
- The castle had to be built under 190 feet in order to avoid having to have flight lights put on the top of the castle.
- Cinderella castle has a gray and pink façade with a sapphire blue roof and bright gold accents. There are 27 towers and 13 gargoyles that adorn the Magic Kingdom castle.
- While there is a drawbridge, it is only for decoration. It does not go up or down.
- One feature that I bet most Disney guests don’t notice is that the clock on the exterior of the castle does not use the Roman numeral for the number four. Because the original story of Cinderella dates back to a time before the use of IV, the numeral four is labeled IIII.
- Have you ever walked inside Cinderella Castle? Inside guests can find mosaic murals that tell the story of Cinderella. Each of the 300,000 pieces of Italian glass in the mosaics took 2 years to complete.
- There is an actual restaurant inside the castle. Cinderella’s Royal Table is a table service restaurant where you can dine with Disney Princesses in a fairytale setting.
- Hidden to park guests, is the Disney Cinderella Suite which is actually inside the upper levels of the castle. This suite sleeps up to 6 people and is available only to those whom the Disney company chooses to gift it to or through special sweepstakes giveaways.
- There are three elevators inside the castle. One that takes guests to Cinderella’s Royal Table, one that takes guests to the Cinderella Suite, and one that is used by staff to access the Utilidor.
- The moat surrounding the castle in Magic Kingdom contains over 3 million gallons of water.
- Each night, Tinker Bell takes flight from atop Cinderella Castle to begin the “Once Upon a Time” light projection show.
- Each evening after the park officially closes, Cinderella Castle is illuminated in lights for a secret “Kiss Goodnight.” If you are lucky to still be in the Magic Kingdom, you will hear “Wish Upon A Star” followed by the words from Roy Disney’s dedication speech for Magic Kingdom.
- While there is one other Cinderella Castle (in Disneyland Tokyo), the Magic Kingdom castle is larger by a few feet.
- Outside the castle is Cinderella’s Fountain featuring the princess and animal friends. Disney Imagineers included a pretty neat visual effect that is considered a hidden gem.
Have you noticed all the remarkable features of Cinderella Castle? What were you most surprised to hear about?
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