Cinderella Castle to Receive Royal Makeover This Spring

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It will be all trimmed in gold!

The Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom is getting a royal makeover!

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Beginning next month, the Castle walk-through into Fantasyland will be closed for 3 months.

The stunning golden castle enhancements will begin in early March 2020 and continue for about 3 months into early summer.

It’s being repainted the same light pink shade used last year at Sleeping Beauty Castle, with royal blue turrets and lots of gold trim.

The castle’s makeover should start around March 1st.

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The pretty mosaic murals in the Castle walk through.

You won’t be able to walk through the Cinderella Castle Walk-Through during renovations.

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It’s pretty golden inside the walk through already.

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The Cinderella stained glass mural.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the release of the Cinderella movie today.

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Cinderella greeting her Royal Table guests at every meal.

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Cinderella opened to glowing reviews on February 15, 1950.

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This follows the golden enhancements given to Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle last year:

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland is More Beautiful Than Ever!

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May 24, 2019: Grand Re-Opening of Sleeping Beauty Castle

The $300,000 refurbishment of Sleeping Beauty Castle is complete and the Castle’s walk-through has re-opened for guests.

Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle now features vibrant new colors, a new roof, and other pixie dust enhancements.

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May 24, 2019: Sleeping Beauty Castle’s new, much bluer paint job.

“What’s interesting is that we used an ages-old painting technique called ‘atmospheric perspective’ to visually heighten the castle,” said Kim Irvine, art director at Walt Disney Imagineering. “We warmed the pink hues on the lower towers and gradually added blue to lighten the colors toward the top.”

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Golden accents and a pixie dust sprinkled roof.

The same technique was used for the new roof, now in gorgeous cobalt blue hues. Each of the 18 original turrets was digitally scanned to create the same roofline and sparkly pixie dust was sprinkled on the center roof.

“We focused the golden accents and pixie dust around the entrance to the castle, as though it has been magically enchanted,” said Irvine.

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The walk-through has brand new LED lighting.

Colorful banners, pennants and landscaping were also included in the refurbishment and the Sleeping Beauty Castle walk-through received new paint and interior lighting.

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We think it’s beautiful!

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January 2020: Christian at Sleeping Beauty Castle with it’s new golden look.  We love it!

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The beloved Partners statue with Walt holding Mickey’s hand.

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Princess Aurora looking over her refurbished castle.  ❤

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Christian admiring the Sleeping Beauty Castle too.

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May 2020: Salute to frontline heathcare workers. The Thunderbirds flying over Disneyland.

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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Now, that’s PINK!!!

People are complaining already about this new light pink color ahead of the 50th anniversary celebration next year, but we remember when the Cinderella Castle was REALLY PINK for the 25th anniversary celebration!!!

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At WDW for the 25 Anniversary celebration – in the of the Pink Castle.

 

70th Anniversary of Disney’s ‘Cinderella’ Movie

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The 70th anniversary of the release of Disney’s Cinderella movie was on February 15, 2020.

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Cinderella opened to glowing reviews on February 15, 1950.

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Meeting Cinderella at the Magic Kingdom

We’ve met Cinderella several times at the Magic Kingdom, including at The Royal Table restaurant:

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Cinderella greets her Royal Table guests at every meal.

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The Royal Table restaurant inside the Cinderella Castle

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The windows are so beautiful!

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View of Fantasyland outside the windows.

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Stained glass everywhere.

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The royal stained glass window. Lovely!

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The pretty Cinderella mosaic murals in the Castle’s walk-through.

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Walking through the Cinderella Castle.

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With a flick of her magic wand and a Bibbidi Boppidy Boo, the Fairy Godmother is all that is pure and true in the world.  Video:  Fairy Godmother Transforms Cinderella’s Dress

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Cinderella got a baby horse for her 70th birthday!  ❤

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Making a Wish at the Cinderella Fountain at the Magic Kingdom

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The Cinderella Fountain in Fantasyland.

On our last visit, we were walking around Fantasyland and stopped to refill our water bottles at the Cinderella Fountain.

There are four drinking water fountains attached to the fountain.  We like this spot because it’s mostly in the cool shade all day, except at high noon, and it’s never crowded with guests.

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There are 4 drinking fountains attached to the fountain.

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With 4 drinking fountains, there’s never a line to get a drink, and it’s a good place to refill water bottles.

Located next to Cinderella’s Castle, this is where you can find the statue of the most famous princess in the Magic Kingdom:  Cinderella!

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The Cinderella Fountain in Fantasyland. She only wears her crown in one viewing position.

The Cinderella statue was sculpted by Disney Legend Blaine Gibson in 1965 prior to Magic Kingdom Park’s opening in October 1971.

On the fountain, Cinderella is seated, wearing her work dress.  In one hand she holds a little bird and with her other hand she reaches for Jaq and Gus, her little mice friends.

If you face Cinderella and curtsy to her, the crown painted behind her looks like it’s placed on her head.

“When you view the Cinderella Fountain from an average adult’s eye level, the crown is above Cinderella’s head. However, from a child’s view, the crown is resting on Cinderella’s head. Sometimes it takes the innocence of childhood to see the truth in situations.”

This is a great place to make a wish!

We asked a cast member for some shiny new pennies and she gave us 10 new ones to make our wishes with.  ❤

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Our wishing pennies.

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Cinderella wearing her golden crown.

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The backside of the Cinderella Castle.  The restaurant is on the 2nd floor.

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7pm: Sunset with the Castle lights turning on. So pretty!

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Amazing castle details everywhere you look.

Fun Fact:  There is a twin to the Cinderella Fountain at Disneyland Paris!

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The Cinderella Fountain, La Fontaine de Cendrillon, in Disneyland Paris.

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Making a wish at Cinderella’s Wishing Well.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!!

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Guess what we’re watching tonight….:)

 

Celebrating the 4th of July at Disney World

At the American Adventure in Epcot.

At the American Adventure in Epcot.

I had to work five days in a row over the long 4th of July weekend, which fell on a Saturday this year.

But, I still had a lot of fun!

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Expect special lighting on Cinderella Caste both before and during the show.

There were special holiday events happening in every park and special fireworks shows at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

After getting off work on Friday night, we decided to go over to MK to see the “Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky” fireworks at 9pm.  Unfortunately, a lot of guests had the same idea and the traffic – and weather – was terrible!

Amazing lightning show!

Amazing lightning show!

The thunderstorm passed right over Cinderella Castle putting on a dramatic lightning show and delaying the fireworks until 11pm. Watch the video:  Lightning over Cinderella Castle.

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11pm:  Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky fireworks.

We were so hungry after work that we decided to go to Sassagoula floatworks food factory at Port Orleans for dinner instead.

I got off work at 7pm on the 4th of July and made plans to go to Epcot with friends.

That worked out much better!

Mickey celebrating the 4th.

Mickey celebrating the 4th of July.

Mickey and pals.

Mickey and pals.

Special Disney characters in patriotic outfits were out and about.

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At 10pm (an hour later than the usual 9pm showtime) we watched IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth featuring “The Heartbeat of Freedom” fireworks show, a special 5-minute patriotic fireworks finale added onto IllumiNations.

So LOUD!  So BRIGHT!!!!

So LOUD! So BRIGHT!!!!

It was fantastic!!!!

#Truth!

#Truth!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

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. Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

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Discounted Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

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Nobody decorates for the holidays like Disney!

Cast members can buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for both Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for the public.  Tickets for the 2015 celebration parties are on sale now.

Cast member discounted prices for 2015 MNSSHP.

Cast member discounted prices for 2015 MNSSHP. $47.60 for CPs.  Note the limited dates in September.

Trick-or-Treat candy stations (free!!)

Trick-or-Treat candy stations (free!!)

All the fun party stuff!

All the fun MNSSHP party stuff!

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Cast member ticket prices for the 2015 MVMCP.

Cast member ticket prices for the 2015 MVMCP.  $51.80 for CPs.  Note the limited dates in November.

The ticket prices are good on the earlier party dates, which is wonderful as those are the less crowded nights for both parties.

Have a magical time!

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Disastrous Festival of Fantasy Parade

The fan that keeps the balloon inflated stopped working.

The fan that keeps the balloon inflated stopped working.

It’s not easy putting on a parade every day – sometimes twice a day! – and have it go perfectly every time.

Sometimes, it’s the weather that won’t cooperate, sometimes it’s the sound system, and sometimes it’s a little bit of everything that goes wrong during the parade!

Such was the case with the FoF parade today.  What could go wrong, did go wrong.

The music got off from the character floats, then the dragon stopped and wouldn’t exit the parade route backing up all the floats behind it.

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The grand finale float with Mickey and Minnie balloon’s collapsed just as it was entering the town square.

Watch the last 4 minutes of this video from when the dragon loses his steam and won’t exit the parade route on: Bad Festival of Fantasy Parade.

What the parade finale float should look like.

What the parade finale float should look like.

Deflate-gate:  When did Mickey know???

Deflate-gate: When did Mickey know???   😉

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins
We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.
We 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.
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

The Rainy Day Cavalcade: A Rainy Day Parade at Disney World

YES, they do!!

YES, they do!!

Tomorrow is June 1st and you know what that means…the rainy season has officially arrived in Orlando!

While the average Orlando rainfall in May is a little over 3”, in June that expected rainfall jumps to over 8” in the average month!  That’s a lot of rain!!

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

Rainy season: June, July, August, September

If you’ve visited WDW more than a couple of times – especially in the summer months – then there’s a good chance that you’ve had the afternoon parade delayed or even canceled by inclement weather.

Here comes the Rainy Day Cavalcade parade!

Here comes the Rainy Day Cavalcade parade!

On days when it’s pouring rain in the afternoon, Disney swaps the ‘Rainy Day Calvacade’ parade for the 3pm Festival of Fantasy parade.  (If it’s lighting/thundering, the parade gets delayed.)

You still get to see all the characters smiling and waving at the crowds while the music plays...

You still get to see all the characters smiling and waving at the crowds while the music plays…

The performers all wear bright yellow raingear and the Main Street vehicles (old timey cars and the double-deckered bus) are packed with Disney characters.

It's amazing how cheerful the performers are!

It’s amazing how cheerful the performers are!

Video clip of the Rainy Day Cavalcade:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTV6ZhjYogs

For more tips on Visiting Disney World in the Rain, read our blog: Rain, rain, go away.

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!

Rainy day at the Magic Kingdom: No Crowds!  And, yes, the parade will go on!  🙂

October 2015:  A rainy afternoon at MK.  Look, no crowds!

October 2015: A rainy afternoon at MK. Look, no crowds!

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working together at DAK

Working together at DAK.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

  by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

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.

http://www.amazon.com/Girls-Mouse-Tale-Elly-Collins/dp/1941500110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430687055&sr=1-1&keywords=two+girls+and+a+mouse+tale

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

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Celebrate the Magic at Cinderella Castle

Celebrate the Magic, Christmas version. (Photo credit: WDW Shutterbug)

Celebrate the Magic, Christmas version. (Photo credit: WDW Shutterbug)

Cinderella Castle transforms into a piece of living art at this nighttime show honoring the art of Disney storytelling.

The Celebrate the Magic show begins 15 minutes prior to the Wishes fireworks show. This is an awesome show that projects different movie clips directly onto Cinderella’s Castle with a beautiful music track playing.  You can ‘glow with the show’ if you buy the GlowEars. It’s pretty spectacular! Truly another magical performance from Disney!!

On Main Street USA after the show.

On Main Street USA after the show.

Celebrate The Magic: Tinker Bell introduces the show as she appears flying over the castle’s turrets. The castle is transformed into a paper canvas as Walt Disney appears sketching Mickey Mouse in his iconic Steamboat Willie appearance.

Tinkerbell enchants a paintbrush, which then becomes the host of the show. A kaleidoscope featuring images of Mickey, Donald Duck and Goofy are projected followed soon after by short clips from Cinderella, Pinocchio and The Princess and the Frog.

The show then progresses into longer, classic scenes from Disney films, including; Alice in Wonderland, Dumbo, Wreck-it Ralph, The Lion King, Tarzan, The Jungle Book, Toy Story, Pirates of the Caribbean, Brave, and now Frozen.

The show’s climax features a fast-paced montage of characters and scenes from such other Disney films as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Bambi, Sleeping Beauty, Pocahontas, Up, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Tangled.

During the final montage Walt Disney appears again, via archival footage, reciting one of his most famous quotes; “I only hope that we never lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse”.

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We love, love, love when Walt says:  “It all started with a mouse” during Celebrate the Magic at the Castle!

Walt:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42GSQfRh–4

It is a truly magical show!  We love it!!

Video of full Celebrate the Magic show:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PA58EJp9zxE
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Two Disney sisters.

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

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.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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