Disney makes progress on Cinderella Castle’s 50th anniversary décor

‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ begins Oct. 1.

Cinderella castle with new EARidescent enchantments on Thursday April 22 (Landon McReynolds, McReynolds)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Over the past several weeks, Walt Disney World Imagineers have made significant progress on the 50th-anniversary transformation of the iconic Cinderella Castle.

Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt Disney World teams began installing “EARidescent” décor pieces last month ahead of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”

Cinderella Castle with new EARidescent enhancements on Thursday, April 22 (McReynolds)

The castle’s new décor includes royal blue jewels, gold detailing, shimmering drapery and turrets around the castles’ towers. Disney said on its blog that Walt Disney Imagineering drew inspiration for the makeover from Disney legend Mary Blair’s vision of the classic film, “Cinderella.”

New EARidescent accent pieces on Cinderella castle on Thursday, April 22 (McReynolds)

The castle will soon feature a 50th-anniversary crest as part of its festive new look.

Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley shared a video last week on Instagram showing crews installing the décor.

“These fit just like a glass slipper…. And that’s no fairy tale – our team digitally modeled each turret on Cinderella Castle to achieve this perfect fit,” Riddley wrote in the post.

During the “World’s Most Magical Celebration,” which begins on Oct. 1, Cinderella Castle will shimmer as one of the resort’s beacons of magic.

Walt Disney World gives glimpse of Beacons of Magic.

Other beacons of magic include Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life, The Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Spaceship Earth at EPCOT.

Click here to learn more about Disney’s 50th-anniversary plans.

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About the Author:

Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.