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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cinderella Castle Suite

I'm sure many of you have heard of the Cinderella Castle Suite within Cinderella Castle, but for those who haven't, I decided to do a post on it.

The Cinderella Castle Suite was originally built into the castle with the intention of providing an apartment for the Disney family, however in 2007, it was transformed from an apartment into a palatial suite for guests. It is decorated with a 17th century style, but of course, with 21st century technology.

The suite was built for WDW's "Year of a Million Dreams" as a prize for guests. Here's how it worked:

Each morning a magical time and place were randomly selected from anywhere on Walt Disney World property to find the winner of one night in the suite. For example, it could be the 24th person to enter the line of "Splash Mountain," or the person who sat in seat 25 of the "Laugh Factory." A Disney Dream Squad of cast members were advised of the location and were there to identify and inform the guest of their prize.

If they chose to accept, (and who wouldn't?!?) than the winner and up to five guests would head back to their hotel to pack an overnight bag and re-enter as royalty. They would then have a photo session on Main Street, U.S.A in Magic Kingdom where they were officially proclaimed royalty for the day and led down the street to their suite. When they arrived, the Royal Concierge would check them in and give them a formal tour, which included the magical history of the suite.

After they had time to explore their royal chambers, the family was given the title of Grand Marshals for the "Disney Dreams Come True" parade. The family later had a feast at Cinderella's Royal Table and meet-and-greet with Cinderella. The meal ended with a VIP viewing of the "SpectroMagic" parade and the "Wishes" fireworks spectacular.

If that wasn't enough, for up to two hours after the scheduled close of the park, the family had access to the Magic Kingdom with a VIP Guest Relations cast member. During this time they could do anything they wanted around the park, including special tours. After the two hours of magic, they returned to their suite for the night (which was stalked during that time with royal sweets and drinks). They were awakened in the morning by a personal wake-up call from Cinderella, and then they checked out of the suite and left it to be readied for the next royal family.

HOW FUN? The most magical thing about the Cinderella Castle Suite is that it is not able to be rented, no matter how much money a person has, it is only offered through special prizes or events. Now that the "Year of a Million Dreams" is over, there are still many contests and promotions throughout the year that offer the suite as a prize, but it never has and will never be able to be auctioned or bought. Disney spokesman Rick Sylvain said that they will continue to evaluate all options for the suite adding, "It's all about the 'right fit.' Not unlike a certain glass slipper."

If the pictures weren't enough, here is a video tour!

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