The Disney World castle looks brand new for the 50th anniversary. Here are 5 things to know about the makeover.
A famous Disney fantasy was the inspiration behind the entire makeover.
Mary Blair was an iconic Disney fantasy who worked closely with Walt Disney. She was also behind the whimsical design of It’s a Small World.
Formerly muted shades of blue and gray, the castle has been significantly updated with royal blue, light pink, and shimmering gold accent pieces inspired by Blair’s original vision and design for Disney’s “Cinderella” ( 1950).
The intricate details of the castle contain nods to the classic film. For example, the rose gold streamers are inspired by the ribbons that mice use to make Cinderella’s dress.
On one of the castle’s surrounding turrets, there are even banners with concept art panels from the animated film.
Disney has created a new color scheme for the anniversary.
In the center of the castle is a new “50” crest in a shimmering pastel shade, which Disney calls “EARidescent”.
The new color palette has inspired full collections of iridescent items and treats.
This is nothing new for Disney however, the parks have released color-based food and clothing collections for years, including “Millennial Pink” and “Purple Potion”.
The castle looks totally different – but just as beautiful – day and night.
When the sun bounces off the castle’s new iridescent features, it appears to be twinkling from all angles.
At night, the park icon lights up dramatically in blues, pinks and deep grays for a totally different look.
New character costumes have been created to match the transformed castle.
Cinderella’s Castle wasn’t the only thing that got a makeover for the celebration.
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Daisy and Chip ‘n’ Dale have new bespoke character costumes in multi-tone “EARidescent” fabrics with gold accents.
Park employees also received new name tags to accompany the renovation of the castle.
The cast members – what Disney calls its park workers – also received enhanced name tags for the 50th celebration.
The new design features an iridescent shine, a 50 in the middle of the castle logo and gold accents.
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