Cinderella Castle Makeover at the Magic Kingdom

PHOTOS: Cinderella Castle Makeover and TRON Lightcycle Run Construction Progress at the Magic Kingdom

With the opening of the Magic Kingdom for Cast Member Previews a mere eight days away, and work on the makeover of Cinderella Castle having restarted earlier this month after an extended pause due to COVID-19, one question looms: will the transformation of the iconic castle be complete when parks reopen? Today, we’re getting an idea of what the answer may be. Likewise, work on TRON Lightcycle Run resumed a little over a month ago, and we’re taking a look at how that project is coming along as well.

Cinderella Castle Makeover

Front and center is Cinderella Castle. The transformation of the castle, which was announced in February and began shortly after, is bringing royal blue turrets, gold accents, and quite a bit of rose pink to Magic Kingdom’s icon. As it stands now, it appears that the entirety of the main castle structure has received this royal treatment.

Taking a look from a higher angle, we can also see the smaller towers which sit in front of the castle have been similarly converted. The roofs appear to have been fully painted in the new royal blue, and gold accents can be seen as well.

Looking a bit more closely at those towers, we can see that the gold accents aren’t quite complete, as the two towers on the left still have a few areas that are split between the old grey and the new golden color. Underneath those details, and covered in tarp, it appears that new banners may have also been installed on the towers – the closest elements to guests in the hub.

Elsewhere on the castle, this lift is extended for workers to continue adding color detail to the castle. While we don’t have a good view on what element they’re working on, their mere presence indicates that the outer turrets are not quite complete. With that being said, it appears that the vast majority of the castle is indeed complete, and may well be totally transformed by the time the park opens.

TRON Lightcycle Run Construction

Moving over to Tomorrowland, TRON Lightcycle run is undergoing construction activity on a daily basis. Work on the Shanghai Disneyland attraction clone, which was announced in 2017, underwent a brief delay during the park’s extended closure, but has since resumed.

The main building for the roller coaster still remains exposed, with paneling having been added to two sides before the closure, but the southern and eastern sides have yet to receive such coverings.

Scaffolding still extends nearly to the roof of the structure on the side closest to Space Mountain, and we can see additional scaffolding (pictured to the right of the building) extending a bit higher. Recently, most work on the site has been internal or involved supports for the canopy structure. The attraction was originally scheduled to open prior to the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World next year, but that date is in doubt due to closure delays.

What are your thoughts on the new color scheme of Cinderella Castle now that it is nearly complete? Let us know your reaction to the drastic transformation in the comments.

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  1. The pink color is waaaaay brighter than what was depicted in the concept art! It is too similar in tone as the gold color so they visually blend together. In the concept art, the pink was lighter so the gold was able stand out.The Florida sun will bleach the pink over time which will help.The blue turrets look great!

  2. I love the look of the new Paint job it truly add vibrancy to the castle again and in my opinion adds more to the magic. (And I think everyone will agree this is so much better than the cake castle or when stick wrecked it)

    1. At least the cake and Stitch were temporary. As far as I know this is permanent unless someone can correct me?

    2. We saw the cake castle when they first started painting it and were shocked to see the Pepto-Bismol pink! When we returned the following year though, we thought the decorations were so bad and it was kind of cute but then we weren’t there for our honeymoon (that was 20 years earlier at Disney World) like some visitors who were more upset with the change.

  3. Uhhh, that doesn’t look like the concept art they originally posted. The turrets were a much darker blue with almost a matte looking finish. The pink was also a much more understated pale pink. Maybe they did it brighter to account for the FL sun bleaching it over the years, but right now it just looks very cheap and out of place. Like something you’d see on a miniature golf course.

  4. It’s a plastic castle now. Actually, it’s more like Aurora’s plastic castle because it sure as heck isn’t Cinderella’s. It would’ve been stunning with a new paint job with white, gray, and lighter blue plus new gold trim for the 50th. They completely overdid it and copying DL just seems lazy–did they have a bunch of leftover paint they needed to use up?

  5. I nwver wver want to take a picture in front of the castle. OmG… that pink is HORRIBLE!! It has nothing to do with Cinderella. Now it looks like a fake trashy make up

  6. I wish they would have kept the blue which looked beautiful with the gold then they were painting the spires. The rest was supposed to be rose gold and I agree with earlier comments here that there is not enough contrast. But, it’s not awful and it will only be for about a year – I hope they don’t decide to leave it.

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