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Disney's Cinderella Castle

Updated on July 28, 2014

Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World

Want to know the secrets of Cinderella's Castle? Maybe even get a look at what is inside? If you think of Disney World then the first image that comes into your head is probably Cinderella's Castle. This amazing structure is the focal point of Disney's Magic Kingdom and has become one of the most recognized buildings in the World.

Cinderella's Castle was completed in 1971 for the opening of Magic Kingdom. The design was inspired by several French Castles. It is 189 feet tall and can be seen for miles around the Disney World resort.

Take a tour around this Disney World iconic landmark and find out what lies inside the walls of Cinderella's Castle, decide it you want to dine with Cinderella herself, and learn just how do you get to stay in Disney's Cinderella Castle Suite

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Disney's Cinderella Castle - How was Cinderella's Castle made and what is inside?

How many bricks were used to construct Cinderella's Castle? Well this is a trick question because the answer is - absolutely none.

The Castle is made of ten inch thick reinforced concrete and fiberglass over a steel braced frame structure. Most of the exterior is a thick, very hard fiber-reinforced gypsum plaster that is supported by light gauge metal studs.

Legend has it that the Castle could be taken down if a hurricane was heading it's way. Not so unfortunately - the construction is way too complicated and heavy!

Disney World Cinderella Castle is surrounded by a moat which contains 3.37 million gallons of water. Lots of ducks live there and swim around very happily!

You can walk through Cinderella's Castle - over the drawbridge and thought to Fantasyland.

What is inside the Magic Kingdom Castle? The restaurant Cinderella's Royal Table, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo where you child can be transformed into a Princess, and of course the Cinderella Castle Suite, which only a few lucky guests have ever experienced.

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Walt Disney in the Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney's Dream Park

As you approach Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom you will see the iconic statue of Walt Disney. This is known as "Partners" Statue as it shows Mickey Mouse hand in hand with Walt Disney.

Walt Disney Imagineering President Marty Sklar commissioned retired Imagineer and Disney legend Blaine Gibson to capture Walt and Mickey in a statue many years after his death. The statue, which is made of bronze, was added to Magic Kingdom on June 19 1995.

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Cinderella's Royal Table

The Restaurant Inside Cinderella's Castle

Cinderella's Royal Table is located right inside the Castle.

Cinderella's Royal Table serves breakfast,lunch and dinner. It is a Disney character dining experience. Which characters appear? Well like all Disney World character dining the appearances cannot be guaranteed but these are the usual attendees:

Cinderella, Fairy Godmother, Belle, Aurora, and Snow White.

It is the most popular restaurant in the whole of Disney World - so if you want to dine there then be sure to make Advance Dining Reservations 90 days ahead by calling 407 WDW DINE. Disney resort guests have a slight advantage - they can call 90 days ahead and make bookings for the first 10 days of their stay.

Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table sells out within minutes of the reservation lines opening. Lunch and dinner and also very popular - so for this Disney restaurant you really do have to make that call!

This character meal location is also a photo package experience. What does this mean? The price of the meal also includes a photo with one of the characters. When you arrive at the restaurant you will be shown into the lobby and a photo of your party will be taken. When you are eating your meal the photo print will be delivered to your table. The photo package is four 4x6 prints and one 6x8 print of your photo, as well as one 6x8 print of Cinderella Castle in a Cinderella photo holder. You will also be able to buy more copies if you wish.

Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table is priced at $34.99 for adults and $23.99 for children aged 3 to 9. It is all you care to eat - the food is brought plated to your table. You will find the usual breakfast favorites including French Toast, waffles, bacon,egg, and pastries.

Lunch is served from noon to 3pm every day. The price is $37.99 for adults and $24.99 for children aged 3 to 9. This is also a family style meal so the food is brought plated to your table. Entrees include pan seared salmon,herb crusted pork tenderloin and Pasta al Pomodoro.

Dinner is hosted by The Fairy Godmother.You choose an appetizer, entrée and dessert from the menu. The cost is $42.99 for adults and $26.99 for children aged 3 to 9.

For all the meals at Cinderella's Royal Table there is a children's menu available. Most beverages are included with the meal although you will pay extra for specialty coffee and alcohol.

If you are participating in the Disney Dining Plan then any meal at Cinderella's Royal Table will use 2 table service credits.

Is Cinderella's Royal Table worth a visit? Well many guests absolutely love it. It is of course the only chance that you have to get inside the Castle (apart from those lucky few who stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite). The meal is pretty pricey though for what it is, and many would also prefer not to have the photograph and have the meal cost a little less.

I can't say enough that if you want a table you must book as far in advance as you can! Those reservations really do go on the morning they are released. Keep checking back for cancellations as they do happen. Your chances of a walk in? Pretty much zero!

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Cinderella Castle Decorated for Christmas - Christmas is a wonderful time at Disney's Magic Kingdom

For the Christmas season since 2007 the Castle has been covered with over 200,000 LED lights. In the day time you can barely see that the Castle is covered with the mesh that houses the lights. Each part of the mesh was specially dyed with the colors of the Castle so that they would blend in during the day.

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Disney Cinderella Castle Mosaics - Inside the Magic Kingdom Castle

When you walk though Cinderella's Castle take the time to look at the walls - you will see 5 spectacularly detailed mosaics which each tell the story of Cinderella.

It took a team of 6 craftsmen led by mosaicist Hanns-Joachim Scharff, more than 2 years to complete the mosaics which are made of 300,000 pieces of Italian glass and rough smalti (glass made specifically for mosaics traditionally used by Italian craftsmen) in over 500 colors.

The Castle mosaics were designed by Imagineer Dorothea Redmond and measure 15 by 10 foot. Be sure to take a look next time you walk by.

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Disney's Magic Kingdom Castle

The detail on Cinderella's Castle is amazing. Take some time to have a closer look!

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The Cinderella Castle Suite - How can you get to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite?

Do you dream of staying the night in Cinderella's Castle Suite?

Disney World first announced the creation of the Cinderella Suite in 2006. The space which is now the Suite was originally intended to be a place that Walt Disney and his family would stay in the park. Sadly of course Walt never got to see his creation as he died in 1966, five years before the Magic Kingdom opened. Throughout the history of Cinderella Castle the space has been empty, or was used for a time by the Disney telephone operators.

But with the launch of The Year of A Million Dreams in 2007, Disney wanted something as a very special prize for a select few lucky guests. So each day a winner was chosen who with up to 5 guests could stay in the Cinderella Suite.

The inside of the Cinderella Castle Suite has the kind of detailing that you would expect from the Disney Imagineers. The Suite is intended to make you feel not just that you are inside the Castle but that you are immersed in the whole experience.

The inspiration for the design of the Cinderella Suite were the 17th century French chateaus upon which the Castle was modeled. So you will find ornate furnishings in dark woods with opulent fabrics.

The Castle Suite is on the 4th floor and is accessed by a special elevator. Inside the area is perhaps smaller than most people imagine at just 650 square feet. The bedroom has 2 beautiful Queen sized beds facing an ornate fireplace. Above the fireplace is a 17th century style portrait of Cinderella - but all is not what it seems. This magically transforms into a flat screen television! The bathroom houses a huge garden tub with ornate stained glass windows.

Guests may be surprised that it isn't easy to get a view of the Magic Kingdom from the Suite. The windows are small and stained glass. There is a balcony outside the Suite but it is not accessible for guests.

Even though the Year of A Million Dreams is over Disney has said that they will retain the Cinderella Castle Suite as a prize award. Will you be one of the lucky ones to stay there? The most recent guests were Kevin Jonas and his wife Danielle who stayed there on their first wedding anniversary on 19th December 2010.

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Cinderella Castle at Night - Magic Kingdom Castle Lights

Each evening, when the sun sets, Cinderella's Castle is transformed once again. The Castle is illuminated in 16.7 million colors giving wonderful changing lighting effects.

The colors on the Castle also change during the Disney Wishes Fireworks display.

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Cinderella's Fountain

Cinderellas Fountain was inspired by Walt Disney's classic Princess. The fountain is also known as La Fountaine de Cindrillon. You will find Cinderella's Fountain in Fantasyland just beyond the Castle. It is a good place to sit and take in the atmosphere and just take a break!

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Disney Magic Kingdom Wishes Fireworks - Fireworks at Cinderella's Castle

Since 2003 guests of the Magic Kingdom have been enjoying the spectacular Disney Wishes fireworks. Cinderella's Castle makes a wonderful backdrop.

The Wishes fireworks were created to launch the Magical Gatherings concept which is designed to bring family and friends together at Disney World.

Wishes is 12 minutes long and has 557 fireworks firing cues, and 655 individual pieces of pyrotechnics. The fireworks and effects are brilliantly set to music from some of your favorite Disney movies including Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Fantasia,Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. Call me sentimental but I find Wishes a very emotional experience! No trip to Disney World is complete without viewing Disney's Wishes.

Where is the best place to view Wishes? Most places on Main Street give a great view. The second story platform of Main Street Station is also good - and gives you the advantage that you can get out of the park quickly when the fireworks end. My usual spot is the terrace of the Plaza Pavilion. This is a less crowded spot (until I just told you anyway)!

You can see Wishes from outside the parks. The best spot is the California Grill at Disney's Contemporary Resort. You can also see the fireworks from the beach at the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian as well as the Contemporary.

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Disney Cinderella Castle - Have your own magical Disney Cinderella Castle at Home

Have you ever seen Walt Disney's Cinderella Castle?

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      fastpass2disney 5 years ago

      Yes - I love it. But I think the castle at Disneyland Paris is the prettiest. It even has a dragon underneath!

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      aardvarkapparel 5 years ago

      I remember it as a kid, but would like to visit some day with my neice

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      barbiejb 5 years ago

      when we go to WDW The castle has to be the last thing we see when we leave. It's so beautiful that it's hard to leave it. :)

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      KandH 5 years ago

      Yes and I had dinner with my kids at the Castle too!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow what a beautiful Castle, Thanks for sharing

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      jacinthemilton 5 years ago

      My sons and my daughter really enjoyed visiting this place and of course love the rides. My little Cinderella also enjoyed seeing the known Disney palace. It's really great to be there.

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      suzy-t 5 years ago

      I love this lens...I've been there quite a few times but it never gets old.. Seeing the Castle always makes me a kid again ! Blessed by a SquidAngel...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How beautiful! I would like to see that. Thanks for sharing.

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      It is stunning! Would love to stay in that gorgeous suite!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      wow!i want to be cinderella and live in that castle!

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      AliceAdventures 6 years ago

      Great lens! Cinderella's Castle is such a magical place! I'm glad you included the fountain. It's an overlooked, but enchanting spot--especially for taking family photos.

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      villasandhomes lm 6 years ago

      It looks magnificent! The Castle of Cinderella is really a wonder! Thanks for sharing

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Yes. .... Nice Lens!

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      Elhamstero 6 years ago

      We've been to Disney Land Paris. Still saving up to go to the "proper" one though.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 6 years ago from Albany New York

      Yes, a few times, and it's always an exciting experience...even looking from a distance.

      Beautiful and interesting lens.

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      Ken Parker 6 years ago from Tacoma, Wa

      Very nice lense. I need a caste now.

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      DonMiguelito 6 years ago

      Very nice lens! Disney land is such a great place specially the Castle of Cinderella.

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      Omaster 6 years ago

      Great lens! Hers a pat on the back!

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      j5hale3 6 years ago

      Great lens! a good example for me of a well built lens. I can only hope my first lens can be 1/2 as good. Best wishes. I'll have to send this to my wife, she is a disney fanatic!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes...loved it.

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      cocomoonbeams 6 years ago

      My biggest memory from going to Disney World when I was a kid is that Cinderella's Castle was CLOSED!! :( I was so disappointed! Thanks for allowing me to finally see what's inside!

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      Egylover LM 6 years ago

      That was well written, thanks for sharing.

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      yes and the kiddies loved it.

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      I like cindrella stories......

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      Perrin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful lens, indeed!

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      KhairuZiya 6 years ago

      great lens, very informative. thanks for sharing

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      fullofshoes 6 years ago

      Yes! I have seen the Castle in Florida and California. Makes me feel like a little girl all over again.

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      catherinelovestv 6 years ago

      I love the castle, I have been there many years ago but its nice to know you can actually stay inside it! cool!

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      GabStar 6 years ago

      I love all castles and the Disney castle is just the most perfect of them all. I wish I could stay in the Cinerella suite for just one night!

      Great lens, thanks

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      Fay Favored 6 years ago from USA

      Yes but didn't go inside. The lines were too long.

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      noel rocs 6 years ago

      Of course, I live there! But, it's ok for you to put pictures on here. I'm a sweet princess :) jk. I WISH I could go there :) I love this lens!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Disneyland would be such a wonderful vacation ... I really hope to get there someday, and it would be so cool to meet. Lovely lens to bless.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow looks like a cool place to visit!

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      queenofduvetcover 6 years ago

      I wish I lived in Cinderellas castle =P

      I really enjoyed reading your lens, thank you!

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      dolphinstar lm 6 years ago

      hope to take my kids there some day

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      TheGourmetCoffe 6 years ago

      This lens brought back memories of trips to Disney with family. Fun!

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      Obscure_Treasures 6 years ago

      Disney's Cinderella Castle is beautiful and so is your lens. Great job.......

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Yes I have and it's beautiful!

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      squidshe 6 years ago

      I hear it's spectacular in the evening.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      avid reader on this stuff, returning reader too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      favorite place for my family to go.

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      bernie74 lm 6 years ago

      Every girls dream is to go to a castle, the images just look fantastic, thanks for sharing

      Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      All I can say is "Wow"...I've never been to Disneyland, but I'm sure it's like a real fairly-tale like experience...blessings!

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Blessed by a visiting Squid Angel

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      agoofyidea 6 years ago

      I love all the Disney Castles, but Cinderella castle is one of the best. I have visited many times and love looking at the mosaics inside.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Love Disney! Blessed!

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      whaleriders6 6 years ago

      Wonderful pics! We just got back from Disneyland last week and I miss it!

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      I love it!! - thank you!

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      accfuller 6 years ago

      Thank you for all of your wonderful Disney World information! I have never been to Disney World, but it is definitely on my list!

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      SandyPeaks 7 years ago

      Yes, saw it several times back in the 90s! It's very impressive and beautiful!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      YES! I've been almost every year, and it gets better EVERY time :D

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      WorldVisionary 7 years ago

      The photos look dreamy! Great lens.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      My oldest son and I got to eat in the castle when he was little. It was a wonderful experience. Great lens.

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      charder 7 years ago

      I saw the dream lights for the first time last Christmas. They were breath taking!

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      Leezer 7 years ago

      Nice Lens. I've only been to the Florida parks so far, and always enjoy seeing the Castle as I enter the Magic Kingdom. Did you know that Walt called it the 'weenie'? That means it's the 'draw' that brings people down Main Street and into the Park. Of course, 'Cinderella Castle' is a much better name!

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      Very nice lens. Thanks. I gave you a thumbs up, because it's a nice lense.

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      Mickie Goad 7 years ago

      Yes! I visited the MK in 2007 and saw the castle in the evening. I love the MK in the evenings.

      Love your lens. Blessing it today.

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      SnowAngel77 8 years ago

      It all looks amazing. Haven't made it to Disneyland just yet but who knows. I've only started to get the America buzz :)

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      wdwmemories 8 years ago

      The castle is wonderful - you feel like you are in a different place when you see it. And it is hard to take a bad picture when you are photographing the castle!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lovely castle, but I found it a bit too big - I prefer the one at Disneyland Paris but each to their own. The fountain is a nice touch. To see it when you exit the back of the castle turn left s though you were going round the side of the castle and you will see it.

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      lakern26 lm 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens with beautiful pictures! I would love to stay in the Cinderella suite - it's gorgeous!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      does anyone know how many pictures are taken of the castle per year? I heard that its the worlds most photographed object is that true?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have seen the Castle. We have annual passes for Disney. I have however never seen the Fountain...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      it was awesome i love it .i wish i lived in orland i could go their a lot

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Cool lens. Thanks for an inside view.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to The Totally Awesome Lenses Group.


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      Princessa LM 8 years ago

      I loved it, absolutely great. Inever knew there was so much to it. Thanks for the discovery.

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      Apalmer001 LM 8 years ago

      No, I've never seen the castle but wish I could. Great lens!

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      kohuether lm 8 years ago

      Cute lens! I've been to both Neuschwanstein and Cinderella castle... Disney did a nice job making the experience personal. King Ludwig's castle is unfinished plays to the Mad King's quirks whereas Cidnerella's castle makes us all feel like royalty. :)

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      DTCatOWT 8 years ago

      Awesome lens. great job. thanks

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      Sarunas 8 years ago

      Amazing lens you have made.

      Well Done. 5* from me.

      Keep it up :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very nice lens. Appreciate the architectural and interiors.

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      vagabondista 8 years ago

      Wow, this lens makes me dream. I've never been there but no I feel like I want to... I'll just put this on my future trip list :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've been there twice back when I was only a kid. Back in the day, my family lived near Chicago and I do remember taking 2 trips to disneyworld. Although since moving to the Seattle area back in 2004, I haven't been back to Disney World since. I have been to disney land twice though, since moving.

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      Karicor 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens about Disney's vision of the Neuschwanstein Castle. Already gave it the "royal treatment", and also featured and now lensrolled as well. Thanks to Disney, we can all feel a little royal for a couple of days! ^:)^

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      Faye Rutledge 8 years ago from Concord VA

      No, I've never been there...but those pictures make me want to go! It's beautiful! What a great lens! I'll be lensrolling this (plus some of your other Disney lenses) on my Disney Princesses lenses.

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      papawu 8 years ago

      Wow! Is there anything you don't know about Cinderella or her castle??!! lol. I am ashamed to say that I have not yet visited Disney World even though I stayed right in Kissimmee on business for a month. Being from California, I have been to Disneyland on numerous occasions, but never to World. Wonderfully extensive and informational lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very interesting lens. I had known that the Disney family had an apartment built into the caste, I also knew that it had never been used, now I know differently. Thanks.

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      This was really fun to read. I hope you get to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite someday so you can report back to us! Welcome again to All Things Travel.

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      Another fantastic lens. Great job. Thanks for joining ”Anything and Everything Travel” Group. Keep up the good work.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi, my name is Andrea Gomez ,and I am 13 .I would like to stay in the Cinderella Castle for my birthday. After i watch Disney 365 when they had a tour of Disney Cinderella Castle ,and they said how they turned it into a suite. Its been my dream ever sense.

      Thank you for your time and effort.


      Andrea Gomez

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      Yvonne L. B. 8 years ago from Covington, LA

      We've only seen the outside, but loved all of Disney World. In fact, we spent our honeymoon there and went back again after they built Epcott. Beautiful lens.