The elaborate turrets and royal-blue rooftops of Cinderella Castle have become an enduring symbol of The Walt Disney Company and its celluloid fairy tales. Dreamed up by artist Herbert Ryman, the castle sits surrounded by a moat in the heart of the Magic Kingdom theme park in Florida, US. At night, the building comes alive with 16 million coloured lights and regular firework displays.
Record title: Tallest castle in a theme park
The design for Cinderella Castle was inspired by Disney’s own animated version and real-life fortresses such as the Alcázar of Segovia in Spain, Moszna Castle in Poland and Neuschwanstein in Germany. Thanks to an architectural trick known as forced perspective, the castle appears even taller than it really is. The proportions of the doors and windows at the top of the castle are smaller than those at the bottom, fooling the eye into thinking that they are even higher in the air. The entire castle took around 18 months to build, and was completed in July 1971.
Cinderella Castle at The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA, measures 189 ft (57.6 m) in height and is the Tallest castle in a theme park.
Other record-breaking castles include the royal residence of Windsor Castle in Berkshire, UK. Designed in the shape of a waisted parallelogram measuring 576 x 164 m (1,890 x 538 ft), it is the Largest inhabited castle. Meanwhile, perched atop an Alpine crag overlooking the village of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany, Neuschwanstein Castle looks as though it has sprung straight from the pages of a storybook. Its northern tower rises 213 ft (65 m) into the air, making it the Tallest castle.
The LEGO Disney Castle comprises 4,080 pieces and measures more than 74 cm (29 in) high, 48 cm (18.8 in) wide and 31 cm (12 in) deep. The set includes five Minifigures: Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck and – making her first appearance in this form – Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell. Inside the castle, there are references to numerous Disney movies, from Sleeping Beauty’s spinning wheel and Snow White’s magic mirror to the rose from Beauty and the Beast.