I have a friend who is, right now, working on the WDW College Program. He told me that about 30 minutes after the park closes, there is a special "second closing." It is basically centered around the Cinderella Castle. In the beginning, music begins to play, different songs from movies, I think. Then many different lights cascade over the castle, in all different colors, while a speech is heard over the PA system telling of Walt Disney's dreams for a place where families could come to forget the world, and have fun. Then spotlights shine on the water from the moat, and the castle is bathed in a shimmering reflection. Then "When You Wish Upon a Star" plays. Then the castle goes dark. This may not be exactly how it goes, but this is the general idea!!
REPORTED: Luke Davis 08 JUN 99
There is a "second closing" at the Magic Kingdom. My family and I like to close the park, and wait for the crowds to thin around a Coke at Casey's Corner. As we were leaving one night, the Castle starting changing different colors, and then a voice said something--I don't remember exactly what. We were walking backwards to see it as we left.
CONFIRMED: Eeyore 02 MAY 00
The "2nd closing" is called "The Kiss Goodnight". I have personaly seen this and heard many people talk about this.
CONFIRMED: jimmybop wrong 20 JAN 02
The story about the "second closing" they do all of that before they close not after.
UPDATE: matt 16 FEB 02
If you stand right in front of the castle at precisely noon and look at the highest spire the sun will reflect perfectly off the top spire and create a Tinkerbell shape. This was something that the Disney Imagineers toyed with and could never prefect. I know this for a fact since I had an uncle who was an Imaginner so remember look up at 12:00.
REPORTED: Noah Fecks 18 AUG 98
On the rear of the castle there are shields. Those are the last
name shields of the main imagineers that worked on the castle. The one in
the center, which I think is slightly larger, is Walt's.
REPORTED: damien correll 25 MAY 98
If you look at Cinderella Castle from Main St, on the right hand side there is a white flag on one of the flagpoles. This white flag is different than all of the others. It isn't made of fabric, and looks like it is always flying in the breeze. This particular flag is actually a radio transmitting antenna which allows technicians to communicate with the Spectro Magic Floats in the parade.
REPORTED: Scott Simonds 24 FEB 99
My girlfriend & I took the "Keys to the Kingdom" tour & our tour guide showed us something that would go unnoticed to an adult, but very noticible to a child. As you approach the Castle and walk up the right-side walkway (not the walkway leading into the Castle but next to the Castle), there is a water fountain. Behind the water fountain, there is a small fountain with a statue of a princess in it. Behind the statue, there is a crown painted on a mural. If you get down real low as you are drinking water from the water fountain & look up, the crown appears to be sitting on top of the head of the princess. It was intentionally painted there so that when children look at the statue while drinking, they could see the "crowned princess" in clear view!
REPORTED: Joe Cutroni 03 JUL 97
CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
CONFIRMED: Peter Stepniewicz 11 JAN 98
The report on the fun fact about the Cinderella Drinking Fountain is that the reason the Imagineers put the fountains there is so that when you take a drink from the fountains you actually are "bowing" to Cinderella!
CONFIRMED: Tricia Nitz 26 JUL 01
If you look closely at Cinderella Castle, there are gargoyles
hidden within the construction. They were part of the construction
from the beginning. On the "Keys to the Kingdom" Tour, I asked the
tour guide & he confirmed that.
CONFIRMED: Joe Cutroni 17 JUL 97
CONFIRMED: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
On May 12 1997, the castle turned cake was hit by lighting. It damaged a number of the inflatable decorarions. There were two cranes on either sides of the castle making repairs.
REPORTED: Edward Odziemski 27 MAY 97
CONFIRMED: Nick Capone 08 AUG 99
Cinderella's Castle was built by Centex Homes. Centex also built Texas Stadium. The first
building they erected was a cement plant.
REPORTED: Kay Nowak 28 FEB 97
Cinderalla Castle In the hallway leading through the castle, is a mural of the Wicked Stepsister. The mural is actually a tile mosaic, and if you look closely several of the tiles are actually made of 24 karot Gold.
REPORTED: Scott 11 APR 99
Though the Cinderella Castle marking the end of Main Street, U.S.A. appears to be very tall, it really is not tall at all. A method called forced perspective was used to create the tall effect (forced perspective is used MANY times in Walt Disney World, you can even interact with it in the Wonders of Life in Epcot!). As the castle gets taller, its proportions get smaller. So the very top "piece" of the castle is close to 1/2 the size it "appears".
REPORTED: Peter Bleickardt 27 JAN 97
Forced perspective, i.e., the architectural technique of constructing upper
floors of a building at a decreg scale in order to give the appearance of
greater height, is used all over Disney World, not just at Cinderella's
Castle (although this is where its use creates the greatest illusion). It's
also used to make things appear more distant, e.g., some towers peeking over
rooftops are quite close, but give the impression of looming up from a
It's worth noting that while the Castle does use forced perspective, the
Birthday Cake decorations do not. So the Cake Castle looks much smaller than
than the plain Castle. In fact, because the cake decorations (candles, candy,
etc.) are much larger than normal they contribute to a reverse effect, making
the whole structure seem smaller than it really is, which is, of course, the
opposite of the usual intent, and may be accidental.
CONFIRMED: Christian LeBlanc 22 OCT 97
Next time you take a walk down Main Street, U.S.A. take a close look at the castle. You will notice that the "bricks" get smaller the higher up the castle goes. This technique is called forced perspective. The castle looks a little taller than it would if all the "bricks" were the same size.
UPDATE: Danny 11 JAN 98
Disney designed the Cinderella Castle at 180 feet tall because he wanted to create a focal point, so in case a guest got lost they would be able to easly find they way back to the front of the park cuting down on confusion and frustration.
REPORTED: zenobia u. 28 JUL 97
Although the castle is 180 feet tall, the design with forced perspective creates the illusion that the castle is 300 feet tall.
UPDATE: Tom and Renée Shaw 28 DEC 97
Cinderella Castele is 180 feet tall for two reasons. 1.) So that it can be seen from any where in the park; and 2.) so that guests can see it as they are driveing up to the parking lot, this is because Slepping Beauty Castle in Disneyland can not be seen from the parkinglot, Walt wanted the centrial icon of the park to be seen from almost anywhere on the proporty.
CONFIRMED: Thomas McCarthy 19 MAY 00
The murals in the castle depict the Wicked Step Sisters. Look at their
faces. One of the faces is Red the Other Green. The reason - one is to be
"Red with Anger" the other "Green with Envy" as Cinderella tries on the slipper.
REPORTED: Michael D. Crawford 11 JAN 97
The castle at Walt Disney World is Cinderella Castle, not Cinderella's Castle.
REPORTED: Edwin R Braun 23 OCT 95
The mice from the Disney movie Cinderella appear on the Cinderella Castle along with the Disney family crest.
REPORTED: zenobia u. 28 JUL 97
A Cast Member said a water tank
supplying pressure for the drinking water at the park was located in the upper towers of the Castle.
REPORTED: Chip 08 JUL 96
Why are there Hidden Mickeys on the rail leading up to Cinderella Castle?
When Walt Disney World first
opened, the roses that make the shadow on the rail were not there. Little children poked
their heads through the round openings and got their heads caught. The Imagineers put the
roses there to keep the kids from putting their heads there or climbing
through them and falling into the water, as well as to make some Hidden Mickeys.
When the sun is right, it makes Mickey shadows on the sidewalk.
REPORTED: Mary Melton 31 MAR 96
CONFIRMED: Randy Hopstetter 09 APR 96
There is a room upstairs in Cinderella Castle. Actually, it is more like an
apartment. Walt was going to use this not as a hotel room but as an
apartment for his family.
This idea was abandoned with the apartment half finished.
Unfortunately, Walt never saw the
opening of Walt Disney World and this apartment has never been used.
REPORTED: Mr Kenneth W Miller 06 JUL 95
CONFIRMED: G&L 13 JUL 95
CONFIRMED: Michael Littell 04 OCT 95
CONFIRMED: James T. Horn 28 NOV 95
CONFIRMED: Gene Jackson 31 JAN 96
CONFIRMED: Ann Marie Cummings 28 FEB 96
CONFIRMED: Sean Henderson 26 JUN 96
It is currently used as a dressing room for the female kids of the kingdom. There are no windows in the room.
CONFIRMED: Sorcermic 22 SEP 96
CONFIRMED: Laurie 16 FEB 97
CONFIRMED: Andrew Schub 22 MAY 97
CONFIRMED: Andrew Rossetti 01 SEP 97
CONFIRMED: K. Borgen 02 OCT 97
I've seen pictures of it in The Disney Magazine.
CONFIRMED: Jan 13 APR 98
CONFIRMED: Lisa-Anne Mitrovic 08 JAN 99
Although it may have been his idea, the apartment in the castle was not for Walt. He died in December 1966, well before the ground breaking of the Magic Kingdom (which opened in October 1971). I've heard reports it was for Roy's family, but can't confirm.
UPDATE: David Poole 09 JUL 99
The apartment that had been built for Walt is now used as a dressing room for the people from Entertainment (for example, the "Mayor's" costume is kept there).
The stairs outside the castle, on the Fantasyland side go up to the second level. You would end up on next to the windows for Cinderella's Royal Table. There is a walkway that goes all the way around the castle on this level. The stairs do not take you all the way to the top... There are two elevators in the castle (Not including a dumbwaiter). The one in the lobby of the Castle, which only goes up the the second floor (for use by guests to the restaurant) and the one that is for Cast Member's ONLY. This one goes from the tunnels, to the "2nd" floor (the walkway through the Castle, on the opposite side from the mural. There is a locked door in front of it, so guests can't get into it.) and then the upper kitchen of the restaurant, and finally it stops on the floor by the apartment/dressing room. It is a VERY small elevator. Watch the people from entertainment after a show (like Disneymania) and see how hard they have to squeeze to get in there. (Costumed characters enter a dressing room nearby, and get out of costume BEFORE trying to use the elevator.) The restaurant itself has two kitchens. One on the level with the tunnels, where food is mass prepared, and one on the level with the restaurant, where finishing touches are done. The elevators and dumbwaiters are used often, because there are a lot of stairs to climb.
CONFIRMED: Holly 23 JUL 99
CONFIRMED: Mrs. Suzanne Witter 14 NOV 99
CONFIRMED: Duper00 17 FEB 01
The stairs outside the castle, on the Fantasyland side go up to the second level. You would end up on next to the windows for Cinderella's Royal Table. There is a walkway that goes all the way around the castle on this level. The stairs do not take you all the way to the top.
REPORTED: Holly 23 JUL 99
As you walk thru the Castle from Main St. the 1st
door on the left is the green room for all shows on the Castle stage. So, any
character that performs is there 30 mins. before and 5 mins after.
REPORTED: Sorcermic 22 SEP 96
Cinderella Castle has a concrete
superstructure with a fiberglass or stucco shell. The castle must be able to withstand hurricane-force
winds that can be common in the Florida area. If the castle were made of fiberglass, it would
never have lasted through some of the hurricanes that have struck the state in recent
REPORTED: James Flynn 27 APR 96
The Cinderella Castle is indeed concrete and masonary construction with fiberglass filligree. This can be seen in the new Welcome Center, where you pick up your 'first year of visit' badges, on the big screen TV. It shows some speeded up construction shots and you can see the work being done.
CONFIRMED: Jim Gerard 11 NOV 96
A lady once tried to sue Disney World on the accusation that a brick from the castle fell off, and hit her. Well they let her spend all the money to go to court for the lawyer and stuff, then they informed the judge that the castle is made up of concrete, no bricks. Needless to say, she lost!
REPORTED: Jason Dixon 23 NOV 99
The only name allowed to face Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is Walt's. This
is another reason why the name on the Ice Cream Shop window is his. Another example is the
sign over the train station on Main Street.
REPORTED: Tanya Gee 25 SEP 95
There is a long strand of cable extending from one of the top windows in
Cinderella Castle to a restaurant over near the entrance of Tomorowland. In
the summer months, this is the cable that Tinkerbell "flies" on to start the
Fantasy in the Sky fireworks.
REPORTED: Julie Crutchley 13 DEC 95
The cable going from the top of the castle to the top of a restaurant is where Tinkerbell flies after the fireworks show. There is also a room that the Cast Member who plays Tinkerbell goes into. But it is not the same room as the one that was built in the castle for Walt Disney's wife and family.
CONFIRMED: Tammy Ogram 22 JAN 97
The cable that Tinkerbell flies down at the start of the fireworks from the Castle is not just used in the Summer. I was there in January 1997 and she flew down.
UPDATE: Di 27 APR 97
We talked to the Charactor Manager about locating Tinkerbell. It seems she only comes out around 7:30 for the closing ceremonies each night. As she glides down a suspended wire from the castle to Tommorowland, she is better paid than the rest of the charactors. In fact, many of the Tinkerbell's do only that charactor, so they work a special part-time status. I figure she is suspended around 75 feet up there.
REPORTED: Bill Chambers 27 DEC 00
According to a cast member, Tinkerbell is more often than not a man. Something about the rig they have to fly down on calling for a certain body weight, etc.
UPDATE: anon 23 JUN 01
CONFIRMED: matt bills 16 FEB 02
CONFIRMED: Joe Calderone 26 FEB 02
For 25 years, the restaurant within Cinderella Castle
has been named after Sleeping Beauty's father, King Stefan.
But King Stefan's Banquet Hall is no more.
As of April 28, Disney officials changed the restaurant's name
to Cinderella's Royal Table.
REPORTED: anon 28 APR 97
According to the waiter, waitress, and cast members outside, only Cinderella knows where and if any Mickeys are hidden.
REPORTED: Amanda Gesler 09 JAN 02
King Stefan's Banquet Hall (now Cinderella's Royal Table) was supposed to be the living room to the apartment in the Castle where Walt was to stay. He wanted to look at all the happy children enjoying Fantasyland.
REPORTED: Robert Frank 27 AUG 97
On the back of Cinderella castle, well first-off, take a left immediatly after you
cross right through the castle, then walk left a few paces parellel to the castle
after you take the left under the castle. Stop, and look at the back of the castle,
and there is a little walk way up. It says "EXIT, do not enter." Does
anybody know where this leads to, I thought that it was how like Tinker Bell got up
to the top but that was by an elevator. I was going to go up the stairway but didn't
want to get caught, so i was wondering where this stairway went to?
REPORTED: Chris Sullivan 04 NOV 97
You are not allowed to walk up and inside the castle at Walt Disney World but at Disneyland you are allowed to walk up and in the castle. There are stairs on the right side of the back of the castle
REPORTED: Luke Provenzano 14 JUL 97
Actually, one is able to walk inside Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland. Inside the castle, you walk through a series of partialy animitronic displays that show the basic storyline of Sleeping Beauty. Unfortunately, the entrance to this part of the Castle is a bit difficult to find, and is not always open.
UPDATE: Lydia 01 APR 00
Either I misunderstood (never having been to DW) or Luke P.'s comment that at Disneyland/Anaheim you can only walk *around* Sleeping Beauty's castle is totally incorrect. The stairs on the right (as you are walking up to the castle from the Carrousel pointing back towards Main Street) lead directly into and through the castle. It isn't that obvious unless you know what you're looking for. It's a very small opening that has a simple yellow "Sleeping Beauty's Castle" sign over it. You walk along corridors and up, down and around winding stiarcases. All along the way, from beginning to end, the story of Sleeping Beauty is told both in giant books in glass cases and in diorama-style scenes behind glass 'windows' with puppet-type characters from the movie. The exit is on the left when you are facing the same way as above and only has a small yellow "Exit" sign above it. I have known many people who grew up going to Disneyland frequently and never knew the you could go into the castle and had never even noticed the door to the stairs. As an added surprise one day as I walked through with my two little children, there was a pigeon that had somehow gotten into one of the scenes from the outside. It was pretty funny to see what looked like a GIANT pigeon in with all the small figures - Pidgezilla!!! Run for your lives!!!
UPDATE: Suz 10 APR 00
While you can walk THROUGH Cinderella Castle at Disney World, you can
not go UP into the upper rooms unless you are a special guest or CM
UPDATE: anon 12 APR 00
The clock on the front of Cinderella castle has Roman numerals on it, and the Roman numeral
representation for the number four is "IV". The four on that particular clock,
however, represents the four as "IIII" which is incorrect.
REPORTED: Steve Boudreault 27 SEP 98
There's an annoying new trend in the world of clockmaking. As some sort of
nouveau statement, many of the clocks and watches manufactured these days that
have Roman numerals on them have replaced the traditional, correct "IV" (the
number four) with "IIII" (look around your house, you might have this and
never noticed it). So it's absolutely appalling that a place as detail-
oriented as Walt Disney World would allow the incorrect "IIII" to appear on
the clock of Cinderella Castle!
CONFIRMED: anon 25 OCT 98
Roman Numeral "IIII", is not incorrect! It was an old-fashioned representation that is not used much anymore. Just because some people have never seen it represented in this way, doesn't make it wrong. Check out old dictionaries...it's in them. Leave to Disney Imagineers to deviate from the norm.
UPDATE: Sal Maiorino 04 JAN 99
The roman numeral "IIII" used on the clock on Cinderella Castle is correct. It is also used on the clock in the American Pavilion in Epcot. I read somewhere that this was used by clockmakers until after the colonial period. Then it was changed to the modern "IV".
UPDATE: Lindsay Robidas 06 FEB 99
Regarding the use of the roman numerals "IIII" instead of the current useage of "IV". Check out the number of X's, V's and I's on a clock face with the "IIII". You'll see that they have four X's, Four V's, and 20 I's... in other words, four identical sets of XVIIII. It was probably easier for a metalworker to make sets of XVIIII, than to try and allow for the extra "V" and the loss of three "I"s. I'm thinking it would have been less time consuming and less wasteful just to crank them out with clock faces reading "IIII" instead of "IV".
UPDATE: John Ryder 30 MAR 99
Regarding the use of the Roman numeral "IIII" on the clock at Cinderella Castle, this is indeed a very old convention but I was given a different explanation of it: IIII provides a better visual balance with VIII and XII than does IV, breaking a clock face into even thirds.
CONFIRMED: Ken 11 JUN 00
In reference to the Roman numeral 'IIII' instead of 'IV' on Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom, please note that the clock in the animated feature Cinderella also bears the same Roman numeral style of 'IIII'. The Imagineers made a correct adaption from the screen to the park.
CONFIRMED: Mark S. 11 MAR 02
There are three
elevators in the Castle.
One is in the tower located to the
right of the clock. This is the dumbwaiter elevator for the restaurant.
The other is located right behind it. This one goes to the Penthouse. The
letter P in the elevator indicates the floor. I've seen it and it's not
that big at all, very cramped, only 2-3 windows to look out. The windows to
look out of are the yellow ones facing
and those that face
The third elevator is located inside the restaurant for the
handicapped. It only goes 2 floors: the lobby and the restaurant.
REPORTED: W. Todd Stephenson 11 JAN 96
Regarding the elevators in Cinderella's Castle, there is one that leds to the park level. It goes from the tunnels and comes out in the tunnel that vistors pass through to get to Fantasyland. It really is quite neat and I used to take it everyday to get to work in Fantasyland because I liked the look on people's faces when I came out of a door from nowhere.
REPORTED: mel 29 OCT 98
There are two elevators in the castle (Not including a dumbwaiter). The one in the lobby of the Castle, which only goes up the the second floor (for use by guests to the restaurant) and the one that is for Cast Member's ONLY. This one goes from the tunnels, to the "2nd" floor (the walkway through the Castle, on the opposite side from the mural. There is a locked door in front of it, so guests can't get into it.) and then the upper kitchen of the restaurant, and finally it stops on the floor by the apartment/dressing room. It is a VERY small elevator. Watch the people from entertainment after a show (like Disneymania) and see how hard they have to squeeze to get in there. (Costumed characters enter a dressing room nearby, and get out of costume BEFORE trying to use the elevator.) The restaurant itself has two kitchens. One on the level with the tunnels, where food is mass prepared, and one on the level with the restaurant, where finishing touches are done. The elevators and dumbwaiters are used often, because there are a lot of stairs to climb.
CONFIRMED: Holly 23 JUL 99
You are allowed to walk up and inside the castle at Florida but at the California version, Sleeping Beauty's Castle, you are only allowed to walk up and around the castle. There are stairs on the right side of the back of the castle
REPORTED: Luke Provenzano 14 JUL 97