Cinderella Castle Moat Refilled After Removal of 50th Anniversary Decorations at Magic Kingdom

Shannen Ace

Cinderella Castle Moat Refilled After Removal of 50th Anniversary Decorations at Magic Kingdom

The Cinderella Castle moat at Magic Kingdom has been completely refilled with water. The moat immediately around the castle was drained back in April to make way for construction vehicles that were used to remove 50th anniversary decorations.

Cinderella Castle Moat

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Dams kept water in sections of the moat far from the castle, but this space was needed for construction vehicles.

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A duck has already returned to the waters — going for a swim near some freshly dropped trash.

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Although the last of the 50th anniversary decorations were removed in May, it took over a month to refill the moat.

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A dam is actually still in place near Liberty Square.

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The moat is 30-feet wide and as deep as 7 feet in places. It surrounds Cinderella Castle and is filled with 3 million gallons of water. It is also home to a variety of fish, turtles, and other aquatic life. The moat was built in 1971, the same year that Magic Kingdom opened.

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“The World’s Most Magical Celebration” wrapped up in March, and now Walt Disney World is celebrating Disney 100 Years of Wonder.

Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder

Wondrous Journeys Concept Art

Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder (or Disney100 for short) is being celebrated across the world at Disney Parks and Resorts.

The 100 Years of Wonder celebration began at Disneyland Resort, where guests can enjoy “Wondrous Journeys” at Disneyland and “World of Color – ONE” at Disney California Adventure. There is a platinum Mickey statue (which initially had to be fixed because the Walt Disney quote on the base was incorrect) and a platinum Minnie statue.

Disneyland Resort is offering the “Celebrating Disney100 at the Disneyland Resort” guided tour, including a walk through both parks, the drawing experience at Animation Academy, a digital download of a photo taken in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, a Disney100 snack, reserved viewing for the Magic Happens parade, and a limited-edition pin.

Mickey and Minnie in platinum outfits in front of Spaceship Earth

Walt Disney World announced monthly themes to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Walt Disney Company over the next several months. Disney100 will be celebrated at EPCOT with Mickey and Minnie in their platinum outfits and a platinum Mickey sculpture. A new Spectacle of Light show will debut on Spaceship Earth and, in late 2023, a new Disney100 nighttime spectacular will premiere to replace “Harmonious.” Journey of Water, CommuniCore Hall, World Celebration Garden, and Dreamers Point are all scheduled to open in late 2023 at EPCOT.

Check out our full list with locations of Disney100 pressed pennies at Walt Disney World. Other souvenirs include Disney100 silver medallionsgift cardslight-up balloons, and refillable mugs.

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is hosting Disney100: The Exhibition, honoring The Walt Disney Company’s centennial. The exhibit includes a lifelike Walt Disney hologram. Disney100: The Exhibition will remain at The Franklin Institute through August 27 and in Munich through September 3. The North American installation will then tour cities such as Chicago and Kansas City, while the European installation will visit London and then other Europe and Asia destinations through 2028.

Once Upon a Studio

Disney debuted a new short to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney Animation Studios at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival. The studio brought more than 40 voice actors in to reprise their roles and pulled from the archives to use dialogue from past actors like Robin Williams as the Genie.

Some classic Disney films, including “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “The Lion King,” will return to theaters this summer and fall.

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