Disney World’s iconic Cinderella Castle is getting a ‘royal’ makeover

Feb 18, 2020

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The “Most Magical Place on Earth” is about to get a little bit more magical.

There’s always something new and spellbinding in the works at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. And while we knew there are many exciting updates coming to the park this year, you can now add one more thing to the list: The iconic Cinderella Castle is getting a royal makeover.

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Image courtesy of Disney
Image courtesy of Disney

As seen in the rendering above, the storybook castle at the heart of Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will undergo a “bold, shimmering and royal makeover,” according to a statement released on Monday.

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We’re excited to see deeper blues, as well as brighter shades of pink and gleaming golds, especially compared to the current version that stands tall at the end of Main Street U.S.A.

Cinderella Castle
(Photo by Ryan Wendler / Walt Disney World)

The work will commence in the next few weeks and continue until summer, although it’s not immediately clear how much of the castle will be concealed during the update. According to Disney, you’ll still be able to see popular performances such as Mickey’s Royal Friendship Fare and Happily Ever After. The former is the buzzy stage show, while the latter is the ever-popular fireworks event.

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This isn’t the first time the castle has experienced a significant renovation, either. To celebrate the park’s 25th anniversary, Cinderella Castle famously transformed into a giant pink cake, complete with 50 gum balls, 30 lollipops, a dozen gum drops and other confections. That look was, ah, interesting.

(Photo courtesy of Disney Parks)
(Photo courtesy of Disney Parks)

So, while the new version won’t have any sugary adornments, Disney enthusiasts might notice some similarities between the update planned for Cinderella Castle at Disney World and Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. That refresh was just completed in 2019 with richer, bolder colors.

(Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)
(Photo by Summer Hull / The Points Guy)

A magical transformation of Cinderella Castle isn’t the only reason to book a trip to Disney World this year. There’s also a lot of buzz around Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway rides at Disney World, both of which are opening in 2020.

In fact, TPG is getting a sneak peek of Runaway Railway in early March (so check back soon!). There’s certainly a lot to look forward to, even for the most seasoned Disney travelers.

Just keep in mind that Disneyland and Disney World both just announced some price increases on various ticket types, so act quickly if you want to lock in tickets at the old rates. (Read on for how to do just that.) You can also check out our guide on how to save money at Disney before you get there.

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