Cinderella's Castle, all twinkly & bright for the holidays!


Well, well, well just when we thought Sleeping Beauty had all the holiday luck out there in Disneyland with her fancy ‘snow castle’ overlay with sparkling lights… GUESS WHAT, Cindy will too!!! :heart:

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Bling in the Season! Cinderella Castle is a Wintry Spectacle Crowning Walt Disney World Resort for the Holidays

Thousands of Twinkly Crystal Lights Create Icy Cascade

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – A dazzling new lighting spectacle is transforming the iconic Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort into a glimmering, shimmering ice palace at holiday time.

Bathed in more than 200,000 tiny white lights, the castle glows and glistens as “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish” delights Magic Kingdom guests nightly, starting Nov. 12.

“We are thrilled to be adding this brilliant new castle spectacle to the holiday festivities at Walt Disney World this season and for seasons to come,” said Francois Leroux, vice president of Walt Disney World Entertainment. “This glistening holiday enchantment creates perfect fairytale magic for this festive time of year.”

“For a park aglow in holiday magic, this becomes the new and eye-filling superstar,” added Disney Entertainment show producer Rob Hamberg who supervised the weeks-long rigging of the turrets and towers for the light show. “Nothing will rival ‘Cinderella’s Holiday Wish’ for sheer visual spectacle.”

And what a spectacle.

As if suddenly dusted in a million ice crystals, Cinderella Castle shines like the galaxies, adding to the wintertime wonderment of the holidays at Florida’s Vacation Kingdom.

Fun Facts

To transform Cinderella’s fairytale castle into a magical ice palace it took…

Five weeks and 65 elves
Two cranes
15 miles of cables, cut and dyed castle colors, supporting…
32,000 square feet of fishing nets, supporting…
200,000 energy-efficient LEDs, interspersed with…
500 strobes
One Fairy Godmother working some very special magic…
“Show Before the Glow” Stars Disney Characters

To mirthful holiday music, Mickey, Minnie and the gang appear onstage, admiring the festive lights illuminating Main Street, U.S.A. But what to do about the darkened, unadorned castle?

As they bandy about ideas, the Fairy Godmother suddenly appears. It is Cinderella who should rightfully decide, she insists.

Enter the princess herself, with her Prince Charming. All agree with Cinderella that her castle should sparkle the way her beloved glass slippers do – like shimmering ice and snow.

With a wave of Fairy Godmother’s wand – and guests joining in to make the wish come true – Cinderella Castle magically morphs into a glorious wintry confection, twinkling in the sky. “The castle suddenly shines like a glistening blanket of ice,” explained Disney show writer/director Alan Bruun. “Guests won’t believe their eyes at the spectacle as Cinderella’s holiday wish comes true.”

Show times will be nightly at 5:45 p.m. Cinderella Castle aglow will also play a supporting role in other Magic Kingdom entertainment such as live stage shows, the nighttime fireworks extravaganza “Holiday Wishes,” and the after-hours Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, a specially-ticketed event featuring the new “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.”

Like a global necklace, dazzling castle lighting spectacles also adorn Disneyland Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Resort. Disneyland Paris, now marking its 15th anniversary, started the castle lighting tradition in 2005 when Leroux conceived the concept.


It sounds spectacular!


OOOoOOoooOO, I am SOOOO excited! You have NO IDEA! This is a surprise I wasn’t expecting on our trip! I can’t wait to see the special new show for the castle lighting at 5:45 this SATURDAY!!! :biggrin: :mickey: :heart:


I’m so jealous…I can’t wait to someday go to Disney for the holidays! Take lots of pictures…oh wait… I don’t have to tell you that! You even take good pics with a cell phone!


You are sooooooooooooooooooo lucky!!! And I know you will take plenty of photos for the rest of us to enjoy too.:cool:


Listen, I have FOUR 2mb memory cards all cleared out & TWO back-up batteries all charged up. ARE YOU KIDDING ME, ya’ll are going to be BEGGING me to stop with the pictures. :tongue:

Wow, so today is the 12th right? Accourding to the article this is the first night of the castle lighting. If anyone posts a picture of it I think I am going to avoid the thread. I REALLY want to be surprised with this one!! :heart:


Every night for the past week I’ve watched them light the Castle to prepare it for today’s opening Castle-lighting show…unable to post any picture I got…until today. It’s not the best quality cause all I had was my cellphone at the time, but here it is! And the little show that turns the lights on is so cute. This will happen every night at 5:45pm and not just on party nights, so enjoy!!!

Oh, and I survived all the overnight rehearsals. See ya’ll at Twas!


Acccckkkk, Nooo, my eyes… I saw it!!! :laugh: dang it,I was hoping it would be a surprise!

OK, well at least it was a cell cam picture! I bet it is going to be SPECTACULAR! I can’t wait to see it!!!



That looks so awesome…I don’t even know how to get a picture off my cell phone onto my computer…I did manage to get a pic of my holiday cards and use it for my avatar…I’m feeling accomplished in the technology department today.


And notice I was at a distance. The details up close are amazing. No camera can do the beauty justice, especially when Fairy Godmother begins her magic to light it up.


OoO, I am quivering in anticipation!!! WOOHOO!


WOW!!! Can’t wait to see all your pictures Wish!!! It will be amazing, have a great trip!


Hey! Might see you there. If we’re unable to do the Christmas party Friday, I’d :heart: to see this just prior to our 6:00 LTT dinner. Otherwise, I’ll be stalking Erni at the Poly for our 'Ohana dinner! (not sure that came out exactly right, but you know what I mean). In which case I’d offer you my Saturday LTT, but I know you’re eating there Thanksgiving Day.

Anyone else interested?


I can’t wait to see the castle, the picture on the cover of my Mickey Monitor looks beautiful.


Oh my gosh! That looks amazing! I can’t wait to see it!


i bet in person it will be breathtaking…can’t wait for people to start coming back from their holiday trip and start posting pictures.


one word…ok two


take many, many pictures for us poor shlups that will never get to go during the holiday season.:frown:



The picture is such a teaser and I can’t wait until were there in person to see it


WOW… it sounds beautiful!! NO way that pic does it justice. Seeing it in person would be fantastic… guess I will have to wait for pictures.