PHOTOS: Cinderella Castle Moat Rockwork Broken Amid 50th Decor Removal at Magic Kingdom

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PHOTOS: Cinderella Castle Moat Rockwork Broken Amid 50th Decor Removal at Magic Kingdom

A section of rockwork at the edge of the Cinderella Castle moat in Magic Kingdom has been broken, possibly on purpose for refurbishment. The moat was recently drained for crews to remove 50th anniversary decorations from the castle.

Cinderella Castle Moat

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The broken rockwork is near the western standalone tower in front of Cinderella Castle.

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The interior steel framework of the fake rock is exposed in some areas and the broken pieces of concrete spill into the empty float.

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A single green tarp is being used to cover some of the openings in the rockwork.

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Wood planks cover tubes that go from inside the rock across the moat, likely to protect them from construction vehicles driving through the moat.

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The rockwork is likely being refurbished while the moat happens to be drained.

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It is mostly hidden from guest view. It’s only visible when walking on the pathway that leads from the front of Liberty Square to Fantasyland. This path was expanded in 2019.

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The first 50th anniversary decoration removed from Cinderella Castle was the 50 medallion that covered the castle’s clock.

Disney may have wrapped up their 50th Anniversary Celebration, but they have moved on to an even bigger party: the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company.

Disney100 Anniversary Celebration

Across almost all six resorts and on a global scale, Disney is celebrating “100 Years of Wonder.” This celebration is the largest event ever thrown by The Walt Disney Company. The heart of the celebration takes place at Disneyland Resort, as it is “The Place Where it All Began.”

The party kicked off on January 27, 2023, and is expected to last through July 2024.

At Walt Disney World, Disney100 will mostly be celebrated at EPCOT with Mickey and Minnie in their new platinum outfits. A new Spectacle of Light will debut on Spaceship Earth, and in late 2023, a new Disney100 nighttime spectacular will replace EPCOT Forever. This show was brought back after the end of Harmonious in early April but has only returned as an interim replacement

In addition, Journey of Water, CommuniCore Hall and Plaza, World Celebration Garden, and Dreamers Point featuring the “Dreamer” statue of Walt Disney are all scheduled to open in late 2023 at EPCOT.

Are you sad to see the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebration end? Let us know in the comments.

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