Cinderella’s Suite Is Open For Business

Starting today and for every day this year, the “Year of a Million Dreams,” some lucky devil is going to get tapped to spend the night in Cinderella’s Castle Suite.

That’s right, a luxury hotel suite right inside Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom!

Starting today, visitors will arrive by slipping through a door in the castle breezeway. An elevator takes them to the third floor, opening to a richly paneled foyer decorated with stained glass, a mosaic floor, framed, original Cinderella movie concept art by renowned Disney artist Mary Blair, and a glass display case containing a single glass slipper. Nearby, a 24-hour concierge will be on hand to take care of their every need.

Like the foyer, the entire 650-square-foot, three-room suite (roughly the size of many business hotel suites) is a mix of 17th-century French luxury, 21st-century conveniences, and 1950s-era Cinderella movie motifs.

“That was the biggest challenge, blending the 17th century with 21st-century amenities, and still keeping true to our medieval castle,” said the project’s interior designer, Cathy Carverof Imagineering.

The two queen-size beds, tables, wardrobes, chairs and other furnishings are either antiques, with flourishes such as 24-karat gold inlays, or, as with a sofa bed, made to look like period pieces with custom-made touches. Two framed mirrors — one in the parlor and one in the bedchamber — transform themselves, at the touch of a remote button, into 37-inch LCD TVs. The 17th-century desk has inlaid wood and inlaid computer hookups. Bathroom sinks resemble wash basins; faucets resemble handpumps. A waterfall flows into the whirlpool spa tub.

And throughout — in the art, the stained glass, the carvings, the knick-knacks, — are little reminders of house mice, the pumpkin carriage, the fairy godmother, the prince and Cinderella from the 1950 movie.

Wow! Check out the photos. Double wow.

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