The Walt Disney World Resort is giving its most famous icon a new look.
The resort announced today that it will soon begin work on the Magic Kingdom's Cinderella Castle to give the park's centerpiece a royal makeover in advance of its 50th anniversary next year. This won't be the radical transformation that saw Disney change the castle into a "birthday cake" for the Magic Kingdom's 25th anniversary. Instead, it will update the castle's color palette in a style similar to that which Disney's Imagineers brought to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland last year.
Here is Disney's concept art for the "new" Cinderella Castle:
And, for reference, here is the castle's current look:
Now compare both to the recently refurbished castle at Disneyland:
The new look in Orlando leans heavily on gold trim, with the castle walls getting more of rose tint over their former gray. The shading also appears to lighten the farther up the castle it goes, reinforcing the visual illusion of great height. The rooftop blues also darken overall, creating more contrast with the golden "Notre Dame" spire at the castle's top.
Disney Imagineer Kim Irvine took me and a few other invited reporters for a tour atop Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle last year as Disney was completing work on that castle, if you'd like a bit more background into the design philosophy behind Disney's castles, which I believe is reflected in today's concept image.
The Disney World castle transformation project will begin in the new few weeks and continue through the summer.Tweet
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