PHOTOS: Construction Equipment Moves Into Cinderella Castle Moat as 50th Anniversary Preparations Continue at Magic Kingdom

With preparations already underway in advance of Walt Disney World’s fiftieth anniversary this October, work is progressing steadily on Cinderella Castle’s “earidescent” transformation for the occasion.


Little has changed on the front, but on the stage, it’s a different story.


The bars on the left side of the stage that were visible recently have been removed, allowing for a better look at some of the elements protruding from the stage.


It’s likely that the right side of the stage will get a similar treatment soon.


On both sides of the castle, construction equipment has arrived to help install the decorations themed to the celebration, including gold bunting and a special crest to mark the Magic Kingdom’s fiftieth. On the east side, the moat has finally been completely drained, allowing three cherry pickers to roll in.


Above, you can see the temporary dam keeping the water back.


An access platform leads down to the site, which seems to have received some cleaning before the decorating work begins in earnest.


More cherry pickers are also in place on the west side, which has already been completely drained.


This is a strong indicator that the transformation will begin very soon, possibly as early as tomorrow.


All this work will lead to a very festive looking castle as the big day on October 1st approaches.

Keep reading WDWNT as we continue to cover the preparations for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary!

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  1. Do they only do work on the castle during park closing times? I’d hate to take my little girl for the first time to see Disney next week and there is work being done on the castle. 😔

  2. I hope the castle isn’t all covered up in May. We are coming for the first time and would be sad not to see the Castle.

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