By Elizabeth Rhodes
Updated February 20, 2020
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Cinderella Castle is getting a royal makeover. Jason Kirk, vice president of Disney World's Magic Kingdom Park, announced on the Disney Parks Blog this week that the iconic centerpiece of the world’s most-visited theme park will undergo refurbishments in 2020.

This year marks the 70th year since "Cinderella" was released, and Disney will be enhancing the princess’s castle to commemorate this anniversary. In the blog post, Kirk says, “Cinderella first transformed into a princess 70 years ago this week when the animated classic was released — and ever since, her courage and kindness have been inspiring guests and cast members alike.”

He continues, saying, “We are excited to share that her story has inspired a bold, shimmering and royal makeover of her namesake castle at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort.”

Right: Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom, Disney World. Left: New look coming to Cinderella's Castle.
Courtesy of Disney

Although Disney has not detailed the exact refurbishments, the rendering released in the blog post seems to show that the castle will be getting a paint job. The pale tones of Cinderella Castle will be enhanced with this refurbishment, with a more vibrant baby pink color on the upper portion of the castle and gold detailing added throughout.

Work on the castle will begin in the next few weeks and continue through the summer months, and no official dates have been confirmed. Kirk notes that “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire,” a daily show featuring iconic Disney characters on the castle’s stage, and “Happily Ever After,” the park’s fireworks show, will continue throughout the refurbishment process.

In 2019, Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California underwent a similar transformation, with new details and richer colors added to the park’s centerpiece (similar to those planned for Cinderella Castle in Disney World).

Attractions at Disney parks occasionally undergo refurbishments, and checking out the online calendar is the best way to know which rides will be closed when you visit.