Before Disney World's reopening--which is still set for July 11 despite spiking COVID-19 cases in Florida--Disney employees got to visit the theme park. Naturally, they shared photos and videos on social media, showing the new safety measures Disney has made amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Another major change that has Disney fans talking? Cinderella's Castle.
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In February, Disney announced that it would be giving Cinderella's Castle a royal makeover in honor of the animated film's 70th anniversary. While it doesn't seem like there are any architectural changes, the castle got a new paint job. "Walt Disney Imagineering helped select the new royal color scheme to give Cinderella Castle its glistening new look," Magic Kingdom Park Vice President Jason Kirk said in a Disney Park Blog post on Wednesday. "Special elements, such as a sapphire dusting on the blue rooftops and gold trim, were added to make the iconic spires sparkle in the sun."
After seeing photos of the castle, some fans said loved the vibrant new paint job, calling the castle beautiful.
Itâ€™s gorgeous! But please stay at home people!!! Cinderellaâ€™s Castle and Mickey Mouse can wait. https://t.co/OTXwicgGTMâ€” Jam (@perfumepromises) July 7, 2020
cinderellaâ€™s castle looks so beautiful, i actually love it now ðŸ¥º soft hours pic.twitter.com/ijK6Q855vxâ€” emily (@MAGlCPOTTER) July 6, 2020
While some Disney fans think the renovation is magical, some don't think Cinderella's Fairy Godmother would approve of the transformation. Many wondered why Disney chose a blue and pink color scheme when those are the colors of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. "Is it not Cinderellaâ€™s castle anymore? Is it now Auroraâ€™s castle?" Twitter user @ActCat808 tweeted.
Why did Disney World repaint the castle to pink and blue? Is it not Cinderellaâ€™s castle anymore? Is it now Auroraâ€™s castle? pic.twitter.com/tMKbc0lVw3â€” CatherineðŸŒº (@ActCat808) July 7, 2020
Just repainted/changed the colours really but the new one is pink and purple and I personally donâ€™t like it oofâ€” Cottagecore wolf gf ðŸŒ²ðŸŒŒ (@MysticSolstice) July 10, 2020
Disney Worlds castle is supossed to be Cinderellaâ€™s castle and it now looks more like the Diseyland Parisâ€™s castle which is Aurora (sleeping beautyâ€™s) castle pic.twitter.com/WyourLBGfg
Everytime I see a picture of Cinderellaâ€™s castle now, it looks like someone used the fill tool from an old paint application to change the upper level jokingly. Like the gold, I still just donâ€™t like the pink.â€” Dan Skrovan (@the_real_djskro) July 9, 2020
Another Twitter user (@Schmoofy) pointed out the numbers on the side of the castle, tweeting, "ah yes, the Cinderella Paint By Numbers Castle."
ah yes, the Cinderella Paint By Numbers Castle pic.twitter.com/jkBqmN5dG2â€” Bretaway Railway (@Schmoofy) July 9, 2020
So what's with the numbers? In the Disney Blog post, Kirk explains that the castle isn't complete yet: "You might see our painters applying the final coats of paint and adding the finishing touches if youâ€™re planning to visit Magic Kingdom Park over the next several weeks."
When the "finishing touches" are complete, fans will likely still have the same objections to the overall paint job.
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