Major fans of Disney World know that the parks hide plenty of secrets. And one of the most exclusive places in the park resides inside the Cinderella Castle. The castle, which sits at the end of Main Street USA, is iconic on its own. But inside the castle’s clock tower is the beautiful Cinderella Suite, a secret suite where very few people ever get to stay.
Wondering what it would be like to stay at the most exclusive suite at Disney World? Get all the details below.
1. Anybody can visit the Cinderella Castle
If you’ve ever visited Disney World, then you probably know that anybody can walk into the Cinderella Castle. As CNBC notes, you can shop or eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside the castle. You can also enjoy the “enchanted” grounds. (That includes a tranquil moat, a lush lawn, gorgeous roses, and even a wishing well.) But behind that gorgeous facade — inspired by iconic architecture at Fontainebleau and Versailles as well as the fictional castle in Cinderella — the structure has a lot more to offer. At least for the lucky few who get to experience it.
Next: Few people get to see the suite.
2. But most people will never get to stay at the Cinderella Castle
Most people won’t ever get to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite. But popular YouTubers who call themselves The Bucket List Family stayed in the Cinderella Castle Suite. And they documented their experience starting at around 11:00 into this video. Garrett and Jessica told their audience, “This is something you can’t even have on your bucket list.” They said that they never thought that their family would have a chance to stay at Disney World’s Cinderella Castle. But Disney surprised them with the perfect ending to their “30 stays in 30 days” project.
Next: You enter on the ground floor of the castle.
3. The experience begins on the ground floor
If you are one of the lucky few who gets to spend the night at the Cinderella Castle Suite at Disney World, you can expect it to be magical. As CNBC reports, you access the suite by opening a large wooden door on the ground floor of the castle. Then, you enter a Gothic-style room where a 24-hour concierge awaits you. The concierge escorts you into a small elevator, which resembles the pumpkin coach Cinderella took to the ball. When you get off the elevator, it opens directly into the suite.
Next: The decorations and furnishings are magical.
4. The suite itself is nothing short of magical
Disney World is known for its magical attention to detail. So it’s no surprise that you’ll see that on display throughout the Cinderella Castle Suite. As you can see in Disney’s official photos of the castle, the suite features a gorgeous sitting room with a custom sofa bed and French carved details. Plus, the entertainment center has a mirror that “magically” transforms into a television. In the bedroom, the beds feature Cinderella’s royal crest. And throughout the suite, you’ll see stained glass windows, luxurious furnishings, and fabrics fit for royalty.
Next: You could spend hours doing this.
5. There are lots of details to explore
As the Bucket List Family describes starting around 21:30 in another video, they wanted to explore all of the details when they stayed in the Cinderella Castle Suite. You can see Cinderella’s crown — and her glass slipper — on display. A mosaic floor depicts Cinderella’s carriage. In the bathroom, a starry sky twinkles above the bathtub. Stained glass windows depict a variety of details from Cinderella. Even the columns, the upholstery, and the carvings boast beautiful designs. Plus, Disney has equipped the suite with plenty of secrets for you to discover, like a telescope in the sitting room. There’s even a guest book to sign so that you can leave your mark on the gorgeous suite.
Next: You’ll have this view.
6. You have a gorgeous view of the Magic Kingdom
What’s a night in a castle without the chance to look out across your kingdom? When you stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite, you can look out on gorgeous views of the Magic Kingdom. Plus, everyone who’s visited Disney World knows that the Cinderella Castle provides the perfect backdrop for the “fireworks extravaganza” that happens over the Magic Kingdom. How much more magical would it be to watch the fireworks show, and then retire to the Cinderella Castle Suite for a night?
Next: You can’t just reserve the suite.
7. But Disney World offers stays in the suite by invitation only
Ready to book your stay at the Cinderella Castle Suite? Not so fast. As CNBC reports, Disney World offers stays in this particularly magical suite by invitation only. Plus, the publication adds that “Reportedly, Disney has turned down large sums from people eager to stay.” Everything Mouse notes that the suite is the only place that you can stay overnight in the Magic Kingdom. But as Cinderella Castle Suite concierge Sean Marsich tells ABC, “It’s the most exclusive address here at Walt Disney World. It’s something that no amount of money can buy. It’s a very, very special experience.”
Next: Walt Disney had different plans for this part of the castle.
8. The real story behind the suite begins with Walt Disney
As Everything Mouse reports, the part of the castle which now makes up the suite initially had a very different purpose. Walt Disney originally intended it as a place where he and his family could stay in the park. Unfortunately, Disney died in 1966, about five years before the Magic Kingdom opened. Up until 2006, this part of the castle served as storage, or as the office for Disney telephone operators. In 2006 — with 2007’s Year of A Million Dreams celebration coming up — Disney World turned it into a suite to be offered as a rare and unique prize.
Next: Celebrities have stayed in the Cinderella Castle Suite.
9. Several celebrities have stayed in the suite
Money can’t buy a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite. But Disney World occasionally gives a night away as a prize. Additionally, several celebrities have reportedly stayed in the suite. Kevin Jonas and his wife, Danielle, spent the night there when they celebrated their first wedding anniversary. Tom Cruise stayed there with his daughter Suri. And Mariah Carey reportedly stayed there as well.
Next: We love this sweet detail.
10. The clock in the suite never strikes midnight
One final way that Disney World shows off its legendary attention to detail in the Cinderella Castle Suite? The clock inside the suite. Don’t get us wrong: Clocks are pretty standard amenities at most hotel rooms. But this clock is unique. As Marsich told ABC, the clock never strikes midnight. “It’s always 11:59, which does symbolize something for us that here in the castle suite. The magic doesn’t ever end.”
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