The Disney Corporation has had Mickey Mouse as its perpetual icon for decades now. As for the Magic Kingdom and all of Walt Disney World for that matter, the icon has been and probably always will be Cinderella Castle.
Located at the end of Main Street, U.S.A., Cinderella Castle is the stuff of dreams and legends for many families. It is this castle that many families think of as they save and plan for their first (or twenty-first) trip to Disney World. It is also this castle that brings a smile on their face when they first catch a glimpse of it once on-property. When home after that memorable trip, the castle serves as a reminder to the fun and joy that they had in the parks.
Constructed before the opening of the Magic Kingdom in 1971, Cinderella Castle stands at approximately 189 feet tall. This is over twice as tall as the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, but surprisingly enough, not the tallest structure in Disney World. The castle is eclipsed by both Expedition Everest (199.5 feet) and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (199 feet). For those sure that Cinderella Castle is taller, keep in mind that Disney Imagineer’s employed a technique known as forced perspective to make it appear larger.
The castle is actually built mostly of steel and concrete with non-structural elemental details provided with fiberglass, gypsum, plastic, etc.
A moat surrounds the castle but the draw-bridge is not workable. On top of the castle, an astonishing 27 towers are found. Inside, ornate mosaic murals can be seen along with a small gift shop. Up one flight of steps, a surprisingly small Cinderella’s Royal Table dining option can be found for those who planned far enough in advance to make the reservation.
Also located within the castle is a special Cinderella Castle Suite which was used during the “Year of a Million Dreams” celebration as a special give-away to lucky guests who got to spend the night inside the castle. As of now, the suite is not being officially used.
Cinderella Castle is also probably the most commonly used backdrop for family pictures taken by PhotoPass photographers, or just by guests in general. It also serves as centerpiece to the fireworks presentations like Wishes and special shows are done on the stage in front of the castle.
To see multiple pictures of the castle, click on the video above which was provided by travelmovies.