|04-23-2005, 02:53 PM||#1|
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Cinderella Castle Trivia and Fun Facts
Cinderella Castle Trivia and Fun Facts!
-There are approximately 3.37 million gallons of water in the moat that surrounds the Castle.
-13 intricately carved, winged gargoyles appear on the outside of the castle.
-Reportedly the most photographed building in the world, Cinderella Castle, standing at the entrance to Fantasyland, stands as one of the the tallest structures in the Magic Kingdom, at 189 feet tall. Inside the Castle, a series of five incredible, mosaic murals tells the story of Cinderella.
Designed by Imagineer Dorothea Redmond and crafted and set in place by a team of six artists led by mosaicist Hanns-Joachim Scharff, the 15 by 10 foot, ornate panels are shaped in a Gothic arch. The murals took more than two years to complete, and contain hundreds of thousands of pieces of Italian glass and rough smalti (glass made specifically for mosaics traditionally used by Italian craftsmen) in over 500 colors. Many of the hand-cut tiles are fused with sterling silver and 14-carat gold, and some are as small as the head of a tack.
If you look closely (and you should) at these ornate murals, you will notice that each of Cinderella's wicked stepsisters appears with a little added color - one sister's face is clearly "red with anger," while the other sister is a little "green with envy," as they watch Cinderella try on the glass slipper.
- The restaurant in Cinderella Castle was originally know as King Stefan's Banquet Hall, and was renamed Cinderella's Royal Table on April 28, 1997. Oddly enough, King Stefan was actually Sleeping Beauty's father, and not Cinderella's.
BONUS FACT: Cinderella's last name was Tremaine
From the Magic Kingdom 's central hub, Cinderella Castle acts as the main entrance to Fantasyland, located in the parks' northernmost area. The Castle is closely themed with Fantasyland, acting as a gateway to the medieval village. If you look carefully, you will notice that many of the entrances to the attractions look like tents from a medieval fair!
There is a gift shop and a dining hall, as well as a legendary apartment originally built for Walt Disney and his family, however, no attraction exists inside the Castle Even though there is no ride or show inside, be sure to walk through the Castle and take the time to view the elaborate mosaic murals that tell the story of Cinderella.
Directly behind Cinderella Castle is Fantasyland. As you walk through the Castle, the first attraction directly in front of you is Cinderella's Golden Carrousel.
The turrets on the gray towers of the Castle are Royal Blue, and the spires are gold. The tallest spire on Cinderella Castle is appropriately gold in color, and it topped with a flag, assuring its place as the tallest structure in the Magic Kingdom.
To commemorate Walt Disney World's 25th anniversary on October 1, 1996 , Disney magically transformed Cinderella Castle into an 18-story tall birthday cake. Complete with red and pink "icing," giant candy canes, and 26 glowing candles, the most photographed building in the world served as the centerpiece for the 15-month long celebration.
Designed by Walt Disney World Entertainment, and built by Walt Disney Imagineering, this was no small undertaking. It took more than 400 gallons of pink paint to cover the castle, which was decorated with multicolored "sprinkles," 26 cables, ranging in height from 20-40 feet tall, 16 two-foot long candy stars, 16 five-foot candy bears, 12 five-foot gumdrops, four six-foot Life Savers, 30 three-foot lollipops, and 50 two-foot gum balls. Additionally, more than 1000 feet of pink and blue inflatable "icing" was needed to finish it off.
Not everyone was in love with the new look, however, There were reportedly more than 200 canceled weddings because of the giant pink castle! On January 31, 1998 , the cake. I mean, Castle, was transformed back to its original traditional blue and gold-spired glory.
Cinderella's Surprise Celebration, located in front of the Castle on the Castle Forecourt Stage, brings guests up close and personal with more than two dozen Disney characters in an interactive singing and dancing extravaganza. After the show, be sure to head on over to the stairs, as the characters will come down to meet and greet guests and sign autographs!
Cinderella's Royal Table, formerly known as King Stefan's Banquet Hall, is inside Cinderella's Castle. Located on the second floor, guest can take the circular stairway or elevator to this royal dining hall, where the younger guests are "princes" and "princesses," and the older ones are "lords" and "ladies." Oddly enough, the restaurant was formerly named after King Stefan, who was Sleeping Beauty's father in the fairy tale and film, in an effort to give it an air of royalty.
If you look around the elegant restaurant, with its stained glass windows and medieval décor, you will notice more than forty coats of arms on display. Each of these is an actual family seal, and represent some of the many people that played a major role in the design and construction of Walt Disney World, including Roger Broggie, Sr. (Imagineer and railroad aficionado who aided in the design of many attractions), Marc Davis (Legendary animator and theme park designer), Roy O. Disney (Walt's brother), John Hench (who designed the Castle), Diane D. Miller (Walt's daughter), Dick Nunis (former Chairman of Walt Disney Attractions), and Marty Sklar (Marty Sklar, Imagineering vice chairman and principal creative executive who worked alongside Walt Disney).
Cinderella's Royal Table is also the location of the immensely popular "Once Upon a Time" character breakfast (Priority Seating reservations are sold out 10 minutes after the phone liens open 90 days in advance of the date you wish to dine). This wonderful family-style breakfast features characters of Disney's Royal Family such as Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, and their friends Belle, Snow White, and Peter Pan.
Although we may consider the use of the four "I" as "incorrect," the use of the Roman numeral "IIII" on the clock at Cinderella Castle was actually used in early times, including colonial America. The same numbering convention can be seen on the clock in the American Pavilion in Epcot (among other places).
The restaurant in Cinderella Castle was at one time was called King Stefan's Banquet Hall. Did you know that King Stefan was actually from Sleeping Beauty and NOT Cinderella?
Cinderella Castle was elevated during construction because Walt Disney had noted that he didn't think the Castle was prominent enough at Disneyland.
Inside Cinderella Castle there is a picture of Cinderella and her evil stepsisters. One of the sisters is red with anger, the other green with envy.
Some of the tiles in the Wicked Stepsister mosaic in Cinderella Castle are made of real gold.
|04-23-2005, 03:30 PM||#2|
Never had to wait long for an Animal Kingdom bus
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Harmony,PA..too far from Disney!
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
|07-21-2005, 12:15 PM||#3|
Join Date: Feb 2005
Trivia on the trivia:
Do you know that the fact mentioning "King Stefan is from Sleeping Beauty and not Cinderella" mentioned three times on the trivia above? :P
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