Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Photo Flashback! Cinderella Castle Through the Years

The absolute best icon at Walt Disney World has to be Cinderella Castle.  If you hear someone call it Cinderella's Castle you know immediately they are a "tourist" and not a Disneyphyle.  The Castle is not Cinderella's.  The name of the Castle is "Cinderella Castle".

The Castle is the "weenie" that draws guests down Main Street USA and on to other Lands at the Magic Kingdom.
Main Street USA - May 2014

Below are a few of the pictures I have taken over the years.
My wife and I went to The Magic Kingdom on our honeymoon in 1973.
Cinderella Castle 1973
And we have been back many times since.
Cinderella Castle 1975
On occasion the castle has been changed for special occasions, like making it into a giant cake to celebrate WDW 25th Anniversary.
WDW 25th Anniversary "Cakestle" 1996
The huge "stained glass mirror" was put on the castle as part of the Happiest Celebration on Earth.  The image changed every 40 seconds showing images of all the Castles from each park from Disneyland to Hong Kong Disneyland and the date each park opened.
Happiest Celebration on Earth - 2006

The rear of the Castle is beautiful too.  The arched windows open into Cinderella's Royal Table restaurant.
Rear of Cinderella Castle - November 2013
 I love the Magic Kingdom at night.  The Castle and Main Street USA are especially beautiful at night when decorated for Christmas.
Night!  November 2013
I like the view of the Castle from the walkway to Tomorrowland.  This view shows some of the beautiful landscaping around the Castle.
Cinderella Castle - May 2014

And this one is of me, taken by Mom, in 2012.
The Castle is not a bad backdrop for a photo.
Wonder if anyone has thought of that? :-)

Focused on the Magic


  1. Perfect shots for this week, I never did like that cake idea :) but love your early shots of the castle. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, It's taken over 40 years to collect these photos.
      Don't think I have ever heard anyone say they love the Pink Cake Castle. --DisneyDad

  2. What a fabulous collection of Cinderella Castle photos - just awesome!

    I shared Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland Paris for this week's #DisneyWordlessWednesday

  3. Amazing collection of Cinderella Castle through the years. Truly an icon if ever there was one!

  4. What a fun post! I really enjoyed looking through these and thinking about which of those years I also visited Disney World. So fun!

  5. What an awesome collection of pictures to have! I was there for the cake castle! Thanks for sharing these cool pictures. :)

  6. Oh wow, I had forgotten the year of the pink castle. I think the classic castle look is still my favorite, though!

  7. I love photographing the back of the castle. Although I didn't like the cakecastle then, I do love it now. Thanks for sharing.


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