My Night in Cinderella's Castle: Practically Perfect in Every Way

Last Friday my friend Andrea won a night in Cinderella’s castle. I was sitting at her table when she won and was thrilled for her! I assumed she would be coming back to the Magic Kingdom with her family and spending a night in Cinderella’s castle until I learned that she would be going there that night! I was truly thrilled for her, as she has three boys and I knew they would never want to do such a “girly” thing.

Later that morning I was sitting listening to the speaker and I received this message from Andrea on my computer:

I’m putting you and Amy down for tonight. You want to I’m sure, right????!!

It was all I could do not to squeal with excitement during the conference. I was going to be spending the night in Cinderella’s Castle!!!!!

I would say something about dreams coming true… but I honestly never thought you could even stay in the castle. We packed our bags that afternoon and at 4pm we met our carriage aka minivan.

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Accompanying Andrea on the trip were Amy, Briana, Amanda, and Crystal.

Our driver Sean, started telling us about our evening. We would arrive at the Magic Kingdom and could do whatever we wanted. Ride the rides, hang out in the castle suite, shop, eat, it was up to us. We were assigned another guide, Steve, when we arrived through a back door at the Magic Kingdom.

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We quickly learned that staying in Cinderella’s Castle suite was a pretty big deal. There is only one room in Cinderella’s Castle and you can’t buy it. The room is given away randomly throughout the year. In the Year of a Million Dreams they would surprise one family a day with a night in the castle. Now, the room is given away every two weeks or so. The Castle Suite has only been used 600 times.

I don’t think any of us knew what to expect when we started our castle experience. The rest of the day unfolded like a dream. Steve was a walking encyclopedia of Disney knowledge, he shared stories and pointed out little details in the park that I had never noticed before.

Steve was also our human “fast pass.” If we wanted to ride a ride, Steve would walk us in the back entrance and we would get right on… no waiting! It was amazing. On every ride Steve would share with us the story of that ride. Since Disney was built by movie makers and not theme park designers every single ride tells a story. It was fun to hear these stories and learn more about the people who built this park many years ago.

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But, since many of you know a lot about Disney I’ll get straight to the photos. We took several hundred between us, so I tried to find some of my favorite, and some that give you the best “view” of Cinderella’s Castle suite. I’ll share in another post soon some of the Disney facts I learned from our guides.

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Two of our amazing guides, Steve and Kate. They are standing in the lobby of the suite. Notice what time it is on the grandfather clock?

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I’m sure you have seen these windows on the castle. Those are windows in the suite.

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Same windows on the inside of the suite.

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After you enter the lobby, you take a ride in the carriage to your room. When you step out of the carriage you are in a beautiful entry. There is a display on the wall with some of Cinderella’s favorite things, her glass slipper, crown, scepter, and three pumpkins, which were a gift from the Fairy Godmother, so she would never forget her humble beginnings.

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If you look up in the entry area you will see several images from the Cinderella movie.

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On the floor is a tile mosaic of Cinderella’s carriage. It is made of over 30,000 tiles including tiles made out of gold and silver.

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Getting ready to go inside the suite.

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Cinderella’s Bed. I bet you didn’t know she had a digital camera. icon wink My Night in Cinderella's Castle: Practically Perfect in Every Way

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There was a glass slipper for Andrea to take home.

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White chocolate carriage filled with chocolate covered strawberries.

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Telescope from Captain Hook, books on loan from Belle, and MacBook Pro on loan from the bloggers.

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There are a series of stained glass windows that tell the story of Cinderella.

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It is hard to get a good view from the caste suite since all the windows are stained glass.

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This is the television in the suite. To turn it on you push a button on the magic wand. Tinkerbell flies across the mirror and it turns into a television!

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The bath tub, notice the princess bubble bath.

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This is the ceiling above the tub in the bathroom. The lights twinkle like the stars.

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A glass slipper made from a towel waited for us in the bathroom.

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Would you expect anything else in a princess bathroom? Yes, the toilet is a throne.

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There are columns inside the suite. They are all decorated with the story of Cinderella.

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The emergency exit.

The one thing that amazed me about Cinderella’s Castle suite and all of Walt Disney World is the attention to detail. I’ll be sharing more about that later this week, but I’ll leave you with one more observation. One of the first pictures in this post is a tile mosaic that is in the walkway of the castle. Thousands of people walk by it every day. Take notice the checkered floor pattern in the mosaic photo.

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This is the floor of the suite, does it look familiar? It is the same floor as the mosaic! Nothing you see at Disney is an accident, it was all carefully planned by the Imagineers who designed this park. It was fascinating to learn about these details during our stay at the castle. I’ll write more later this week about our stay and the fun facts I learned about Disney!

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Disney… at 2am, the only ones left in the park!


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Comments

  1. alison says:

    I had no idea any of that existed inside the castle. What an awesome opportunity for you and your friends.
    I ran through the castle during the Disney Marathon in January, but I didn’t take to opportunity to really pay attention to anything inside the castle. Perhaps I’ll have to go back when I’m not on mile 10 of a marathon to appreciate the details. :)
    )

  2. Mickie says:

    Very nice! This is my dream and a dream for my girls! I hope that someday it will come true. I am so glad that all of your wishes came true that night! What a great night.

  3. What a fabulous post! I’m so jealous. :)

  4. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says:

    Wow! So, so cool! What an amazing experience!! Can’t wait to read the other posts with fun facts & such learned. So hoping to attend that conf. someday!! :)

  5. Jackie says:

    I just LOVE the story you tell with these beautiful pictures you took! Congratulations to you! You were so cute when you realized it was your ticket number they called! :) Experience of a life time!

  6. Sherri says:

    Waaay cool! What was the suite like? How big? How high up? Multiple beds/bedrooms? Need more details!

  7. Lori says:

    As a former Cast Member who worked there during the Year of a Million Dreams – thanks for sharing the beautiful shots! I never got to see the inside and I am glad to see that it is as beautiful as the rest of the park!

  8. Erin says:

    I literally teared up reading your story – that has always been my dream! I grew up in Fullerton and went to Disney weekly with our annual pass, and always hoped my parents would leave me behind so that I could stay the night. What an amazing experience for you! I am a divorced single mom of three boys under four, and this summer will be the first time I can take the twins and my oldest together to the park. I can hardly wait!!!!

  9. AmyG says:

    So so fun living through your pictures!!! Thanks for sharing. What a great memory!

  10. Selfish Mom says:

    I don’t get jealous of other bloggers. I don’t I don’t I don’t. (Nope, not working yet…)

    Seriously, I’m so happy for you guys. What an amazing experience!

  11. Sharon says:

    Oh this is coool! My whole family was in Disney summer of 2008. My daughter was 4 1/2 and the one thing she wanted to do was meet Cinderella. But, I hadn’t been able to figure out how to make it happen. Our second day at Disney we were standing around trying to decide about dinner and waiting for the older kids to get off a ride when STEVE walked up and asked if he could help us. A few minutes later he was setting up a special appointment for my daughter to meet Cinderella! I will never forget that meeting. I know it was his job, but he was very nice about the whole thing and it absolutely MADE the vacation for my daughter.

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      No way!!!! That is awesome. Steve was a great guide and he made everything magical!

    • Wow! Amazing… yet, after meeting Steve, not surprising at all. He is a fantastic cast member and ambassador to Disney… not to mention a human Disney encyclopedia! :)

      • Crystal says:

        Steve is the absolute best! So cool to find someone else he has reached out too. He really was my favorite part about the entire thing. He’s like a walking encyclopedia!

  12. Heather B says:

    This is just about the most awesome girl friend trip ever! I LOVE that tub and that tinkerbell turns your mirror to a tv. Very cool!!

  13. Shannon says:

    Disney IS the happiest place on earth! Thank you for sharing the pictures so we can all see what it looks like!

  14. Lorie B. says:

    Wow!!!! That must have been such a fabulous experience. My Aunt is a cast member there. I will have to ask her if she has ever been into the suite. She is always telling us we have to come down. However, a trip for FL with four kids from MI is just not in the budget right now. Hopefully in about two years.

    • patrice says:

      I, too live in MI and have 4 sons and a husband and love Disney. I learned a few ways to put aside money without too much pain for this magical trip:
      Get a disney visa and use the accumulated funds on your trip.
      Between trips, save EVERY $5 bill and don’t touch that account once you’ve deposited it! Saved more than $10,000 in three years! That’s alot of Disney!
      The can money always goes into the same account (for those who live in a state without mandatory deposit on cans, we prepay 0.10 for cans and bottles in MI and get the money back when we return them).
      We bought into the Disney Vacation Club and stay in beautiful accommodations for about $35 a night. Look for resales to help your budget.

      Hope this info gets you to disney sooner!

  15. Bonnie Sue says:

    Oh such and amazing trip and what lovely photos. Thank you for the mini trip to the castle.

  16. i had no idea any of that existed either! What an awesome experience! Thanks for giving all the details and pictures. :)

  17. Stephanie says:

    What a priceless experience (literally). ;)

    I’m glad that you had a wonderful night.

    P.S. I didn’t realize that you were at the conference! I’m sorry we didn’t get an opportunity to meet.

  18. Oh my, that would be a dream come true for me! Hubby and I have been talking about it ever since they built it! When I saw your other post that mentioned you were going to be staying in the castle I told my hubby…”How cool is that…and it’s going to be fun like a big sleepover! I would love that (except I don’t have any friends.)” And then I said, “You wouldn’t want me to go with the girls would you?”. Nope. He definitely wants to stay in Cinderella’s castle with me :)

    Anyway, so sooo jealous!

  19. WOW!!!

    Phenomenal photos… what an enchanting experience. I’m so happy that such a wonderful group of women got to share that time together.

  20. Nancy M. says:

    Wow! Double WOW! That is SO awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! It’s wonderful to get a peek inside the suite! I know y’all had the best time! Congrats!

  21. Carrie C. says:

    What a fabulous adventure! thank you SO much for posting so many pics of the little details and the amazing suite. The chocolate carriage blew me away!

  22. danielle says:

    oh i had goosebumps!!!! :) HOW FUN! Wasn’t that suit originally planned as a place for walt and his family, but then he passed away before the reality of Disney World came true? HOW amazing!!! I can’t wait for more details! :)

  23. How amazingly cool!

  24. QuatroMama says:

    Could it get MORE magical than that? Seriously.
    So glad you girls had this experience together!

  25. Elle says:

    Great pictures of the suite! Glad you all enjoyed it so much. Definitely one of my dreams to stay in the castle someday!

  26. Cindy Dawn says:

    sounds like an amazing experience. awesome photos!

  27. Coleman C says:

    Thats amazing. What are the rules about going in the park after closing?

  28. Jenn H says:

    Do you know if they are still giving out this free night to a random guest?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      I don’t know. I can try to find out for you.

      • sharron Walters says:

        Hi Happy,
        I would like to know too, as it is my daughters’ (16 and 13) dreams to stay there. We almost lost my 16 year old last year to toxic shock and so since then, our family lives each day as it is our last and a true gift. So I would love to know if they are still giving/gifting/awarding and how to throw our number into the hat. Thanks a ton. Sharron

  29. Q says:

    Wow, you have taken beautiful photos and paid attention to detail. Spending a night there takes the cake, I mean what a life time experince to have. I am sure you will cherish those memories spent and congrats on winning the the dream. It’s truly amazing! Please post more photos as we are all waiting for more.

  30. Tania says:

    Looks like fun! Thanks for the photos.

  31. Kate says:

    You can rent the room now that the promotion give-always are over. It’s between 5-8k a night, though. My fiancé surprised me with a trip to the castle last year for our anniversary :)

  32. Boo says:

    Can you wonder around the magic kingdom and/or castle at night?

  33. Darla says:

    I’m wondering how does it work if your staying in the Cinderella suite and the park closes for the night… Do they make you stay in the castle? Is the rest if the park off limits till morning??

  34. SOnia says:

    When the park closed, did you guys have to spend the rest of the night in your room?

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