Cinderella Castle Through the Years at Walt Disney World

For many of us it’s been awhile since we’ve seen this beautiful structure in person. So today we’re going to have a look at the splendor that is Cinderella Castle by means of vintage postcards.

We will start from a distance and pull slowly inward, card by card:

Long View

From the back of the card: “With its golden Gothic spires reaching toward the clouds, Cinderella Castle marks the gateway to Fantasyland… home of Peter Pan, Snow White, Mickey Mouse and dozens of other characters “come-to-life” from famous Walt Disney film classics.”

Now that could have been worded better. But bad copy aside, I think this is one of the prettiest postcards in the set!

On the Lawn

From the back of the card: “Beautiful Cinderella Castle, with spires reaching to the sky, marks the gateway to the happiest land of them all… FANTASYLAND.”

As you read the copy from these cards you’ll note that they repeat themselves. Obviously they felt that vacationers would only be buying one card with the castle picture, so why get inventive!

Front Courtyard View

From the back of the card: “Evening sets on towering Cinderella Castle, gateway to “the happiest land of them all”… Fantasyland. High inside the castle, guest dine in royal splendor in King Stefan’s Banquet Hall.”

Since April 28, 1997 this restaurant was renamed Cinderella’s Royal Table. It makes sense as King Stefan was one of the kings from Sleeping Beauty. Stay in your own fairytale, people!

A Grand Welcome !

From the back of the card: “Cinderella Castle provides a spectacular backdrop for Mickey Mouse and a cast of thousands on the world’s largest, most exciting stage… Walt Disney World.”

It doesn’t just take a village, it seems to require the population of a small city to staff just one park back in the day. Remember, when this postcard sold, there was only the Magic Kingdom to visit in Walt Disney World.

Nighttime Splendor

From the back of the card: “Glowing warmly at twilight, Cinderella Castle towers 18 stories above the “happiest land of them all”… Fantasyland. High inside the castle, guests dine in royal splendor in King Stefan’s Banquet Hall.”

And now we are at the archway to Fantasyland and ready for some nighttime fun! We have learned that no matter how, or from where, you look at it… Cinderella Castle is Gothic, beautiful, spectacular, and glowing. I couldn’t agree more!

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