Answering the Most Commonly-Asked Questions About Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle

by | Mar 3, 2023 | Disney History, Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

How much do you know about Cinderella Castle? We’re answering some of the biggest questions about the centerpiece of Magic Kingdom Park and sharing must-know trivia for any Walt Disney World fan!

Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom is the icon of icons in the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. I mean, think about it: when you picture an ideal day in the parks, is it the stunning castle with a gorgeous, blue sky in the background, glittering with its 50th Anniversary paint style? For this gal, and most Disney enthusiasts, the answer is yes!

But what, exactly, makes up Disney World’s most beloved attractions and locations? How did they come to be – or evolve over time? We’re sharing the answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about the magnificent Cinderella Castle, giving you fun facts and little-known that even the most dedicated Disney World fans probably don’t know!

How Many Bricks Are in Cinderella Castle?

Cinderella Castle common questions

Photo by Laurie Sapp

If there’s one big trick question about Cinderella Castle that will stump even Walt Disney World super fans, it’s this: how many bricks are in Cinderella Castle? The answer: None!

While it looks like individual bricks combine to make up the castle and surrounding areas, the structure is really made from concrete, cement, and gypsum with plastic and fiberglass shingles. All of that surrounds its massive steel frame. 

How Many Turrets Does Cinderella Castle Have?

If you’re not sure what, exactly, makes a turret a turret, it’s a small tower that comes out of a castle. What makes a turret different from a tower that starts at ground level? A turret rises from an already-existing wall. 

Right now, Cinderella Castle has 27 turrets, although if you look at how they’re numbered, it’s 1 through 29. Why the discrepancy? A last-minute design change in the castle caused turrets 13 and 17 to be discarded.

Why is Cinderella Castle Only 189 Feet Tall? 

Here’s one of my favorite fun facts about the castle: If it was 190 feet tall or over, a large flashing red light would have to be placed on top. To keep both the castle and its magic in check, Disney’s Imagineers went with a height of 189 feet

Think that makes the Magic Kingdom’s iconic castle awfully small? It’s actually the opposite! Walt Disney World is home to the second-tallest castle in Disney theme parks. Here’s how it compares with the other five Disney Parks’ castles around the globe:

  • Enchanted Storybook Castle in Disney Resort Shanghai: 197 Feet
  • Cinderella Castle in Tokyo Disneyland :168 Feet
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris:167 Feet
  • Castle of Magical Dreams in Hong Kong Disneyland: 167 Feet
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle Disneyland: 77 Feet

Is There Anything to See Inside Cinderella Castle?

Cinderella Castle Mosaic common questions

A look at one of the incredible murals inside the castle. Photo by Brett Svenson

We all know how beautiful the exterior of Cinderella Castle is, but have you taken the time to go inside and really look at the murals that are located in its arches? It’s well worth experiencing firsthand.

There are five murals, which measure 15 feet wide by 10 feet tall, and each highlights a different story angle from Cinderella. With all of the tiles in total, you’re looking at over 300,000 pieces of brilliant Italian glass and 500 individual colors. Now that’s an impressive interior view!

How Much Water is in the Moat?

When filled to capacity, the moat around Cinderella Castle has 3.37 million gallons of water in its deepest depth of six feet. No wonder the Disney ducks love to spend their time floating in it!

Can the Castle Withstand Hurricanes?

In the past few years, we’ve seen days (and maybe you’ve even been in Magic Kingdom yourself!) when the park closes early or is closed for days at a time for hurricane safety. But, have no fear when it comes to Cinderella Castle: It was built in 1971 to withstand up to 110 miles per hour winds. Imagineers knew exactly what they were doing building a towering castle in a state prone to tropical storms!

Is There Really a Suite Inside Cinderella Castle?

Cinderella Castle Suite

A look inside the guest room hiding inside Cinderella Castle. Photo by Mike Billick

If you’re a castle and park fan, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the Cinderella Castle Suite. Originally created for Walt Disney himself, his family, and Disney executives to stay in, he never had the chance to experience this magical and regal suite as he passed in 1966. As a result, the area stayed dormant and unfinished until 2006.

However, the Cinderella Castle Suite did eventually get finished, and it did (and does) welcome Guests! It officially opened in 2006 as part of the “Year of a Million Dreams,” a promotional campaign during which Disney gave away a small number of one-night stays inside the suite to extremely lucky Guests.

If you’re lucky enough to step inside, you’ll find 650 square feet of space in the Cinderella Castle Suite. It sits four stories above the ground and is covered in beautiful and special touches – including a glass slipper and a grandfather clock that always stays on 11:59 PM.

Unfortunately, it’s pretty tough (if not downright impossible) to book a night inside this special suite. Don’t bother trying to hunt for reservations – you can only be gifted a night’s stay by the company at this time, either by winning a giveaway or being a celebrity or VIP. 

Is It IV or IIII?

Here’s a really fun one: Have you looked at the clock on the front of Cinderella Castle and noticed at the 4 PM section its numerals are IIII and not IV? It’s no error. Rather, this detail is intentional!

Keeping with the castle’s historical accuracy, Roman Numeral IV wasn’t common until the 17th century. So, IV wouldn’t have been used to mark the time when Cinderella Castle existed within history.

If you really want to impress others on your next Walt Disney World trip, point out the clocks at both the American Adventure Pavilion in EPCOT and in Pirates of the Caribbean. They also share the IIII numeral to reflect appropriate time, with a historically-accurate quirk! 

Does Cinderella Castle “Kiss” Guests Goodnight?

If you’ve never stuck around late into the evening at Magic Kingdom Park, you should do so during your next visit! After the theme park closes for its Guests each night, a little bit of extra magic takes place. Stick around for about 30 minutes past closing time in front of the castle, and you’ll get a special treat. Called the Kiss Goodnight, you’ll hear part of Roy Disney’s park dedication speech, “Wish Upon a Star”, and see some very pretty lighting. It’s a special experience if you have yet to see it firsthand.

Was the Partners Statue Always in Front of the Castle?

Partners Statue in front of Cinderella Castle

Photo by Jason Martin

Can’t imagine the castle without the view of Walt and Mickey standing before it? Well, if you’re a more recent parkgoer, you might think the Partners Statue has always been there! However, it’s actually a relatively new addition to Magic Kingdom Park.

I always remember the poignant statue of Walt Disney and his best pal, Mickey Mouse, in front of Cinderella Castle in the hub area of the park. But if you visited Magic Kingdom before 1995, you may remember the park without it. Officially called the “Partners Statue,” it showcases Walt and Mickey standing hand in hand. Another version of the statue resides in a similar location at Disneyland Park, with Walt and Mickey standing in the hub at the end of Main Street before Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Sculpted by Blaine Gibson, the Partners Statue took over a year to complete the 6-foot, 5-inch’ copper piece (the final result is taller than Walt himself, by the way!). If you look close enough at Walt, check out his tie: You’ll see the initials of STR, which stands for Smoke Tree Ranch, an area he loved to visit in Palm Springs. 

For more Cinderella Castle knowledge, photos, and trivia over time, keep reading below:

5 Magical Cinderella Castle Facts!

Historic Cinderella Castle Photos Take You on a Magical Trip Back in Time

Posts by Karyn Locke

Karyn Locke, a travel and lifestyle writer from Ohio, has a passion for all things Disney and a hankering for Dole Whip Floats at least three times a week. Creator and Lead Writer for Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between!, she’s happy to give Disney tips to anyone that asks and is pleased as punch that her family shares her love of the Most Magical Place on Earth.

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Karyn Locke

Karyn Locke, a travel and lifestyle writer from Ohio, has a passion for all things Disney and a hankering for Dole Whip Floats at least three times a week. Creator and Lead Writer for Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between!, she’s happy to give Disney tips to anyone that asks and is pleased as punch that her family shares her love of the Most Magical Place on Earth.
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