This ceramic ornament will bring back bad memories if you are one of the many who hated the Birthday Cake makeover of Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World. On October 1, 1996, it was the 25th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, so naturally the Imagineers decided to transform the Magic Kingdom’s iconic centerpiece into a massive 18-story birthday cake. Wouldn’t you? It featured red and pink icing, giant candy canes and 26 glowing candles. The castle served as the centerpiece for a 15-month-long celebration.
Now here’s my conspiracy theory: This defacing of the classic and beloved castle was the fault of none other than that well-known food conglomerate Nestlé! And I can prove it.
Point No.1: This ugly ceramic version of the equally iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle was also given a cake-like makeover for this promotional piece which celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the opening day of Disneyland. One year before the cake overlay of Cinderella Castle. Coincidence? I think not!
Point No. 2: Just look at those cake-like decorations! Dripping icing from the eaves. Pink frosting on the roof and turrets. And are those windows made to resemble chocolate?
Continuing the cake-like decorations theme, notice the overuse of chocolaty windows and doors. Gray gumdrops adorn the window ledge just under the center dormer. And are those candy cane columns in those entrance arches?
FUN FACTS: I didn’t notice the $5.00 price sticker until I uploaded this picture. I’ve had this piece on display for over a year and never noticed it! Now I know that the seller I purchased it from, who was asking $50.00 but to whom I paid only $25.00, still made a profit.
Now back to the conspiracy:
Point No. 3: Would anyone design a decorative piece to be sold in stores that looked this ugly? I say not! Obviously, it was a dastardly plan to introduce the idea of a cake-like castle in advance of what was feared could become a controversial real-life makeover of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World.
No one else on the Net would dare to bring you the truth! But I think the truth should be known, I think… wait, someone’s at the door. Excuse me for a moment…
Okay. It was just my neighbor returning the rake he borrowed. As I was saying, the truth is now out there and it can’t be taken back!
FUN FACTS: Do you remember the story of how the top of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is on backwards? At least if you refer to the original castle design. While designing the castle, I believe it was Rolly Crump who was playing with the model and accidentally rotated the top. Walt came in before it could be changed back and liked it, so the top stayed as it was.
You can now recreate this fun story yourself with the Disneyland 40th Anniversary cookie jar!
Ever wanted to explore every nook and cranny of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland? Well don’t bother, it’s empty.
With 100,000 made, it isn’t exactly what I would call a true Limited Edition.
As mentioned earlier, it was The Nestlé Food Co. that manufactured this oddity. The company’s history begins in 1866, with the foundation of the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company. Henri Nestlé develops a breakthrough infant food in 1867, and in 1905 the company he founded merges with Anglo-Swiss, to form what is now known as the Nestlé Group.
Nestlé also has ties to Coca-Cola and Starbucks as well as distribution rights throughout the Disney Parks. So plenty of ties to Disney beyond the wonderfulness that is, was, and forever will be, the Disneyland 40th Anniversary (Cake) cookie jar.