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    Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    I found this article in today's Orlando Sentinel showing a photo of the suite inside the castle. It's not very revealing though. I wonder if it's finished already.

    The room looks like it has a very low ceiling!

    Suite Picture

    Walt Disney released this photo today, the first from inside the suite being constructed inside Cinderella's Castle. The photo was taken last month when "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" designer Paige Hemmis (left) toured the suite with Disney Imagineer Cathy Carver. Hemmis was at Disney to tape a segment for Disney's Christmas parade special scheduled to be televised on Monday. The photo itself is not very revealing. There's barely an portion of the suite visible at all, likely and attempt to save the good stuff for the big unveil next month. The Magic Kingdom suite will be open in late January and a night's stay will be randomly awarded to Disney guests as part of the company's "Year of a Million Dreams" promotion.
    Here are some other details of the suite reported by Scott Powers last month:
    Before dinner, the winning family will be escorted to the suite, regaled with the Cinderella story, and shown around the rooms. Disney will arrange transportation for them and their luggage from wherever they were.
    They'll be taken to Cinderella's Royal Table Restaurant for dinner, where the actress in Cinderella character will meet with them.
    After dinner, they'll go back upstairs to freshen up, then be escorted to the "Wishes" show or other evening Disney entertainment.
    In the morning, Cinderella will give them a wake-up call and check on them.
    The 650-square-foot suite has a bedchamber, a bathroom and a parlor. The parlor has two sets of three windows: one overlooks Fantasyland; the other, Liberty Square.


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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Do my eyes deceive or does that look like finished woodwork in the ceiling?

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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Woodwork doesnt look new.. what was in there before anything?


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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    If you look on the drawing board they have a great drawing of the room though! Looks just like a room in a castle with a great fireplace. The stained glass looks great too.

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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Quote Originally Posted by cakvalasc View Post
    Woodwork doesnt look new.. what was in there before anything?
    From what I've heard, that room was used for storage, a room for the telephone operators and most recently, a dressing room for entertainers.


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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Quote Originally Posted by mouselounge View Post
    Do my eyes deceive or does that look like finished woodwork in the ceiling?

    Yes it does. You can see its not really wood, its wood "lite" - some sort of manufactured material. Most likely along the lines of MDF, then its been sprayed with a brown paint/stain. i would hazard a guess that they will be blowing in some sort of light plaster pseudo "hollywood" type ceiling next. Notice how the "beams" in the back (behind the display board) are masked off with blue painters tape to protect them.

    Looking at a mock up - its not going to be a plaster infill, it will be wooden panels.

    Making a post about that in a second.


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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Does anybody get the Disney insider ? I assumed that it would be posted somewhere on MiceChat as a regular thing, so forgive me if this is elsewhere. From the 12/12/06 edition of the Insider

    For everyone who has ever dreamed of becoming fairy-tale royalty and dwelling in an enchanted castle -- even if only for a night -- the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort is about to become a bit more magical. Those prince and princess dreams will come true -- for one lucky family every night throughout Year of a Million Dreams*. An exquisite fairy-tale suite is being prepared inside Cinderella Castle at the heart of the Magic Kingdom Park. What will lucky winners of a night in the castle find inside? The Insider wanted to find out, so we went to the source, Imagineer Stephen Silvestri, who has been working night and day (quite literally!) to help create a suite that's truly the stuff dreams are made of.

    Stephen gave us a quick verbal tour through the suite, which has been designed as though the Guest were an honored visitor spending the night as a Guest of Cinderella. Everything captures the flavor of late 17th-Century French palace life -- this is the period when the original story of Cinderella was written by Charles Perrault, and also the period in which Disney's "Cinderella" was set.

    "You go through a concierge area off the breezeway, with tapestries and a French desk. Then you enter the elevator, which is very 21st Century! But we looked at Cinderella's carriage from the film, and we thought that this was the carriage for the Guest to enter the suite. We took some of the design themes from the carriage -- the crest from the carriage is on the floor in a mosaic, and some pillowing on the walls.

    "That carries you up to the suite, which opens and then you find yourself in a lobby space. There once again we captured the time period of the late 1600s. We have all of these beautiful wooden walls with some nice mosaics or scenes from the film worked in. On the floor there's a full mosaic showing Cinderella's carriage. We went for the feeling of a chateau, more than a Gothic castle. We've got some wonderful display items there -- Cinderella's glass slipper.

    "Then it's time to enter the suite! When you open the door, the first thing you see is the beautiful fireplace and some of the stained-glass windows, and the parlor in the distance.

    "We extended some of the castle stonework into the bedchamber, because we still wanted you to feel like you're in our castle. But not on all of the walls, because stone everywhere would be a very cold experience. So some of the walls are paneled with wood, with some mirroring. That helps extend the space and is very appropriate to the era."

    Stephen explains that the goal was to remain true to the feel of the classic film, and to Cinderella Castle itself, while creating a luxurious contemporary suite that makes a 21st Century visitor feel utterly pampered. This took some creative thinking -- for instance, the suite contains two flatscreen TVs. To blend in with the décor, these have been made to look like mirrors when not in use, and one can also display a portrait of Cinderella herself.

    Other spectacular touches include stained-glass windows overlooking Liberty Square on one side and Fantasyland on the other. Guests will also be stunned by the beautiful hand-assembled mosaics throughout the suite.

    As one might imagine, putting together this beautiful retreat is a major undertaking -- teams of artisans, designers, and specialists are working around the clock in the Castle. And because the elevator needed to be removed and replaced with a much larger one, for much of the construction period, all the people and supplies have had to reach the suite the old-fashioned way: by climbing eight long flights of stairs. "We want to make sure the Guest experience is as seamless as possible -- that when they come to the Park they see what they came to see," Stephen assures us.

    The suite is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2007 -- the whole project has come together in only around six months. "We put this together quite quickly. Fortunately we had a team that was so well-versed in Disney history and the Castle's history, and Cinderella!" Stephen explains. "It's something that has been proposed before but never came to pass, so we researched what already existed and had been done."

    Stephen adds, "We have an incredible team, and I believe Guests are going to have quite the experience." We have no doubt that next year, some lucky Guests are going to have a Disney experience unlike any before -- one that is truly a dream come true.
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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeland View Post
    The room looks like it has a very low ceiling!
    Looks to be not far from standard room height. Might be the photo angle that's fooling you a bit though.

    Regardless...it's actually common to see low ceilings in Castle bedchambers of old. Heat rises and in those old days, having a low ceiling meant keeping the heat from the fireplace down closer to you, rather than just filling a large empty space above.

    Most "Palaces" that I've seen have high ceilings in their bedchambers. But many "Castles" I've seen have low ceilings in their bedchambers.

    I also agree with Phonedave on his opinions of what's in store construction-wise regarding this one photo.

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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    You'd think that a posh apartment planned for the Disney family would have high ceilings and lots of room. Did they ever mention the square footage of the suite?


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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikeland View Post
    You'd think that a posh apartment planned for the Disney family would have high ceilings and lots of room. Did they ever mention the square footage of the suite?

    From the article I posted that was in the Disney Insider

    Stephen explains that the goal was to remain true to the feel of the classic film, and to Cinderella Castle itself, while creating a luxurious contemporary suite that makes a 21st Century visitor feel utterly pampered. This took some creative thinking -- for instance, the suite contains two flatscreen TVs. To blend in with the décor, these have been made to look like mirrors when not in use, and one can also display a portrait of Cinderella herself.

    It's all about the theme. You are supposed to feel like you are spending the night in CInderella's castle, not in the Ritz Calrton. I am sure they could put in lots of marble and chrome and mabe a hot tub and a margarita dispenser, but I don't think that evokes the feel of Cinderella's castle.

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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Like the room...but I don't think I would mind if it had a hot tub. thanks for sharing the pic.

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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    Too bad you have to rely on chance to be able to stay a night inside. I know I would gladly pay whatever it is I usually pay for a hotel/night to be able to stay inside!
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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    If I couldn't stay in the room, I'd like to at least see it for a few minutes, like in a backstage tour of some sort.


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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    ORWEN: Well we have to tell you, ducklings, that we're really impressed with the new paint job they've gone and given Cinderella's Castle. Today--Saturday, December 23rd--your Cauldron girls decided to fly our broomstick all the way from Morva to the Magic Kingdom. The glistening towers were truly in'spiring'--pun intended. We were hoping to tell Cinderella, herself, as soon as we could track her down. But, instead, we ran into Prince Charming, who was strolling around in Toon Town all by himself. It sure seemed strange to see him without his lady at his side.

    ORGOCH: Yeah, an' he told us somethin' that made us shake our fool heads in wonder. Seems this Year of a Million Screams ain't workin' out so well fer him an' Cindersmelly. Ever since they went 'n decided ta let a whole bunch a strange folks start spendin' the night inside his purdy place, there ain't been 'nuff room fer him an' his woman ta chase each other 'round the palace like they's always done when nobody was a lookin'. (Ya know--after the park was all closed up.)

    ORWEN: So, he was telling us that he and Cinderella have actually been evicted from their own palace!! Can you believe that?! They're staying, temporarily, with Mickey in his guest room upstairs. According to the Prince, Cinderella was busy talking with a Real Estate Agent when we happened to run into him.

    ORGOCH: Guess ol' Cindersmelly don't really cotton ta the idea a havin' ta live with a mouse agin--after all these years.

    ORWEN: I mean, here she's been living with the prince of her dreams all these years and feels like she's taking a step backwards by living with a mouse again--even if it IS Mickey. (sigh) Oh, well.....

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    Re: Photo of inside Cinderella Castle suite released.

    So is the refurb done? I heard the crane was still around about a week ago and I thought they'd be finished by now.

    I do hope they hurry up soon. We're not only staying at Contemporary but also paying the bucks for MK view.

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