Cinderella Castle – Different Looks

Cinderella Castle

Earlier this year, as the Cinderella Castle at WDW was being spruced up (Castle Refurbishments), we got to thinking about all the changes we’ve seen the Castle go through since our first trip to WDW in 1993.

The most dramatic change was for the 15 month-long celebration of WDW’s 25th Anniversary (October 1996 – January 1998).

At the Castle, October 1996

At the Castle with my mom, October 1996

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of WDW on October 1, 1996, Disney transformed the front of Cinderella Castle into an 18-story “birthday cake.” Complete with red and pink “icing,” giant candy canes and 26 glowing candles, the castle served as the centerpiece for the celebration. This was no small undertaking.

It took more than 400 US gallons of pink paint to cover the castle, which was then decorated with multicolored “sprinkles,” 26 candles, ranging in height from 20–40 feet tall, 16 two-foot long candy stars, 16 five-foot candy bears, 12 five-foot gumdrops, four six-foot stacks of Life Savers, 30 three-foot lollipops, and 50 two-foot gumballs. Additionally, more than 1000 feet of pink and blue inflatable “icing” was needed to finish it off.

Happiest Celebration look in 2005

Happiest Celebration look in 2005

We were there in 2005 for the castle’s most recent redecoration commemorating the Happiest Celebration on Earth in honor of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary.

The castle’s exterior was adorned with polished gold trim and accents, swags, banners and tapestries. Golden statues of Disney characters were also added to the exterior, including Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Wendy circling the tallest spire.

Stitich is King!

Stitich is King!

The least appreciated Castle transformation – which only lasted 1 day (Nov 16, 2004) – was when the castle was modified to appear as though it was strewn with toilet paper.

“Stitch is King” was posted on a turret as faux graffiti to mark the grand opening of ‘Stitch’s Great Escape!’ that day. The material was removed after the park closed that evening.

Disney got a lot of complaints over that decor.

Castel repairs, January 2014

Castle repairs going on, January 2014

In January 2014, after the millions of Cinderella Castle Dream Lights came down, Disney maintenance started an in-depth sprucing up of the Castle’s exterior as part of the planned MK Hub update for this year.

They are repairing roof leaks, re-sealing the exterior, cleaning all the Castle windows (a big job!), and touching up some of the Castle paint.

On Main Street USA, February 2014.  Note the crane moving things in the background.

On Main Street USA, February 2014. Note the crane moving things in the background.

For almost two months now, when you walk down Main Street USA, you can see the large crane moving maintenance people and supplies back and forth.


two disney sisters

Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

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We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

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Book link on  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


Two Girls and a Mouse Tale


One thought on “Cinderella Castle – Different Looks

  1. […] seemed to like the look of the Cinderella Castle in 1996/1997 when it was very pink!  (We saw it in November […]


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