What Will Cinderella Castle Look Like When Disney World’s 50th Anniversary Ends?

Cinderella Castle has had a lot of different looks over the years. From its original style and color scheme when the Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971 to a pink birthday cake redesign for the Resort’s 25th anniversary, Cinderella Castle may look different across all of your past Disney trips.

The Magic Kingdom’s centerpiece is currently done up with special enhancements just for “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” But the festivities come to an end very soon on March 31, 2023. What will Cinderella Castle look like then beginning this April and beyond? Let’s take a look at what we know so far.

Cinderella Castle as it looked summer 2020

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Cinderella Castle was given its “rose gold” makeover well ahead of the kickoff of Walt Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebrations. Disney revealed the new look on August 20, 2020, giving Guests time to take in the color scheme before additional thematic elements came together for the celebration to kick off on October 1, 2021.

For the anniversary festivities, EARidescent theming was added with a new “50th” centerpiece placed on the castle along with details on each of the turrets. When this theming debuted, so did the Disney Fab 50 Character Collection statues around each of the four theme parks, as well as new EARidescent looks for Mickey, Minnie, and several other characters.

Characters / Cinderella Castle - 50th Anniversary

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (Credit: Disney)

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What’s Next for Cinderella Castle?

In the immediate aftermath of the 50th-anniversary celebration, we expect most of the additions outside of the “new” paint scheme to be removed from Cinderella Castle. The 50th logo and gold elements that were initially marketed as a temporary update for the celebration will likely begin to be removed in April.

The speculation for what comes next really comes into play with regard to the color scheme. When Disney repainted Cinderella Castle with the new “rose gold” look, the redesign was noted as part of the upcoming preparations for the Resort’s 50th anniversary.

We should also note, however, that in 2020 when the new paint scheme was revealed, some fans expressed disappointment that the castle looked much pinker than it did in the original concept art Disney shared (pictured below.)

Cinderella Castle Gold Concept Art from 2020

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As of this writing, Disney has not confirmed whether or not Cinderella Castle will return to its original color scheme, though for many fans, it would be a welcome sight while strolling down Main Street, U.S.A.

With “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” drawing to a close at the end of this month, we will continue to monitor updates on Cinderella Castle, and will report back here on Disney Tips if we learn of any exciting updates to Disney World’s flagship Park.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."