Disney World Fun Fact | Cinderella Castle or Cinderella’s Castle?

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The proper pronunciation is Cinderella Castle, not Cinderella’s castle. Most people make it possessive, which is a common mistake (that I made for years!). Here are a few more fun facts:

  • Cinderella Castle officially opened in the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971 and took 18 months to build.
  • It’s the most photographed building at Walt Disney World.
  • As you walk through the castle, you’ll see five mosaic murals that tell the story of Cinderella.
  • There is no dungeon, but the castle does have a large underground storage area.
  • The moat that surrounds the castle holds over 3 million gallons of water!
  • Unlike the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneylandl, the Cinderella Castle drawbridge cannot be raised.
  • At 189 feet high, it’s the tallest structure in the park but thanks to forced perspective, it appears even larger than it actually is.

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The Disney Look – All the Way to Your Fingertips

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Disney is big on “the show”, meaning the iconic atmosphere that the theme parks, resorts, and restaurants are known for. Every detail is considered to help convey a story, and image is a huge part of this process. I’m talking anything from where a bathroom is located (Fun fact: there are no bathrooms in Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square because they didn’t exist during colonial times!) to what shade of blue to paint a wall. The cast members’ appearances are too scrutinized to perfectly blend in with their location’s theming.

There are lots of Do’s and Don’t’s when it comes to looking the Disney cast member part. I was aware of a lot of these rules: no “unnatural” hair color (A girl during my program had to re-dye her hair because it was “too blonde”); no visible tattoos; only ears are to be pierced (While I was there, a guy was sent back home because he gauged his ear lobes too large; I heard another story about a girl who had reconstructive surgery to fix her gauged ears to meet the “Disney Look.”); etc, etc.

One rule that took me by surprise was regarding nail polish. Ladies who paint their nails have to choose colors that are neutral or traditional. That means no bright colors, no neons, no patterns, and (the worst of them all) no glitter! Being a lover of the new adventurous nail trend going on right now, this especially bummed me out.

At first, I did not think they would really be that strict about someone’s nail color. And I really didn’t want to give up my glitter nail polish haha! (It is my FAVORITE!) However, I was proved how serious the Disney Company is about their nail polish rules when one of my roommates got written up for wearing GREY nail polish.

So alas, I decided that basic nails were a pretty fair trade to be able to live, work, and learn at Disney. Plus, between opening train doors, switching the train tracks, loading/unloading ECVs ad wheelchairs, and other Wildlife Express Train duties, my nails constantly got broken, chipped, and bumped. I did get lucky though that my location was kind of lax on the whole nail polish rule. One of my coworkers was always rocking cute (but definitely not traditional) finger tips. I even took a risk one day by wearing coral nail polish with a gem accent nail. (Scandalous! =P)

Written by: Brittany Madden – Follow Brittany’s blog Britty Loves Disney

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FREE Disney Vacation Planning DVD! Hurry!

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How To Have A Custom Cake Made At Disney World

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A few years ago it worked out that we would be at Disney during my daughter’s birthday. I had heard about having a custom cake made but had no idea where to start. After hours online, I finally found the The Cake Thread on DisBoards, which turned out to be a wealth of information! I could spend hours looking at all the pictures of cakes and reading everyone’s tips. In the end, I decided to go through the Grand Floridian’s bakery and dealt directly with the pastry chef Pat, who was amazing! She actually called me at home to go over all the details…sooo nice!!

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I wanted an Alice In Wonderland cake for her (of course), and Pat went out of her way to create a cake that was PERFECT. To have the cake delivered to your table, you do have to dine at Grand Floridian Cafe, which can be as simple as ordering an appetizer and coffee. As far as I know, you can also pick it up from the bakery. That may have changed, so be sure to check the DisBoards forum. It’s the most up-to-date- resource I know of.

Our cake ending up costing just $78…shockingly affordable for what she created and the beautiful way they set it up at our table! My daughter is like me and very hard to surprise, so I had to enlist the help of my sister to pull it off. We told her that “Aunt Lisa” wanted to have tea at Grand Floridian, and we were going to meet her before having dinner. The bakery team went overboard and had set the table up with balloons, flowers, and the cake – it was beautiful! She actually loved the cake so much she didn’t want to eat it haha!

Disney loves to help you celebrate special occasions, so be sure to get a birthday or celebration pin from the front desk of your resort or the main gate of the park. And don’t be shy about reminding them either. I think everyone in the park knew it was my daughter’s “birthday WEEK” :-) We’ve received free desserts, cards, buttons and more.

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