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Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Red Loop. Today we are sharing little known facts about some of our favorite Disney attractions.
Cinderella Castle . . . probably one of the most familiar castles in the world, and definitely the most well-recognized of the Disney park castles.
Did you know there are actually TWO Cinderella Castles? In addition to the one at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Cinderella Castle can also be found at the center of Tokyo Disneyland.
For the sake of this post, though, I’ll be focusing on the original Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom.
While most people know that the castle is inspired by the one in Disney’s classic movie by the same name, there are lots of things about the castle that you may not know. And, if you’re a Disney trivia buff like me, you’re sure to find these facts interesting and fun!
Little Known Facts about Cinderella Castle
Cinderella Castle was inspired by a variety of real and fictional palaces. These include Fontainebleau, Versailles and the châteaux of Chenonceau, Pierrefonds, Chambord and Chaumont, as well as Castle Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, the Alcázar of Segovia Castle in Segovia and also the Moszna Castle in Poland which was built in the 18th century, in addition to the Tyn Church in Prague, Czech Republic, which was built in the 14th century.
Cinderella Castle is the tallest structure in the Magic Kingdom. It stands 189 feet high. Why? Because, at the time that the castle was being built, anything taller than 190 feet required a light at the top to warn passing planes of the obstacle.
Due to forced perspective, though, the castle actually appears much taller than its 189 feet.
Cinderella Castle is more than 100 feet taller than Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.
Cinderella Castle (and Sleeping Beauty Castle) were both designed to face south, making shooting conditions ideal for even amateur photographers.
While the castle appears to be made of granite blocks, it’s actually entirely constructed of steel, concrete, cement, plaster, and fiberglass. (This combination was chosen to be able to withstand the hurricane-force winds of central Florida.)
There are 18 towers with corresponding spires outside the Castle. The highest tower is gold in color, while the remainder of them are blue.
The coat of arms on the front and back of the Castle is of the Disney family.
There are 13 gargoyles on the outside of the castle.
One of the flagpoles on Cinderella Castle has an artificial flag that is actually a transmitting antenna for coordinating the Main Street parades.
Over 16 million lights illuminate the Castle at night!
The inside passageway of the castle is decorated with beautiful mosaic murals designed by Dorothea Redmond. These mosaics contain hundreds of thousands of pieces of Italian glass in more than 500 colors. Many are fused with silver and gold! On the mosaic depicting Cinderella’s stepsisters, one’s face is red with anger, the other green with envy.
There is an apartment inside the castle that was originally planned to be for the Disney family; however, Walt passed away before it was completed and the space has served various purposes over the years, most recently being completed as an exclusive apartment (not available for rent by the general public). If you look for the three tall windows with pointed arches near the top of the Castle facing Fantasyland and Liberty Square, that is where the apartment is located.
Also inside the Castle is Cinderella’s Royal Table, a character dining experience serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a beauty salon featuring magical makeovers for kids.
As you can see,
there is so much more to the castle than meets the eye.
What do YOU love most about it?
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Red | Little Known Facts About Disney Attractions Loop:
- 1st Stop – Sam’s Disney Diary | Hollywood Studios – 5 Hidden Secrets Gone Forever
- 2nd Stop – Adventureland Pam | Tower of Terror
- 3rd Stop – Frontierland Station | Expedition Everest
- 4th Stop – Heidi’s Head | Cinderella Castle
- 5th Stop – Family Travel Escapades | it’s a small world