While any guest inside Disney World can pose for an iconic photo in front of Cinderella's Castle, not many realize that a rare few have had the opportunity to spend the night inside. Those that are aware that there is a bedroom suite atop the castle will immediately ask: How much does it cost to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Disney World?
The answer is—nothing at all. Overnight stays are by invitation only.
The Cinderella Castle is the symbol of Disneyland and was recognizable from the early Disney television series. The castle, reminiscent of Germany's ornate Neuschwanstein Castle, features turrets, soaring spires, and royal-blue rooftops. The castle is 189-feet high and is the backdrop for events and evening fireworks at the Magic Kingdom. The castle is surrounded by a moat, grass, and a rose garden and, at night, castle glows magically with 16 million lights.
How to Get an Invitation
If you've got your sights set on waking up in the middle of the Magic Kingdom, in royal fashion, your best bet is to enter one of the occasional sweepstakes from Disney. A free vacation would certainly be magical, no? In addition to contest winners, a few lucky celebrities, dignitaries, and other A-listers sometimes are able to wrangle a reservation.
Check the official sweepstakes website at Disney on a reguar basis to see if there is a new contest in the works, as the park does not have a regular schedule for offering Cinderella Castle Suite as a prize.
Inside the Castle Suite
To enter the bedchambers of Cinderella, visitors take a private elevator to the top of the castle. Once inside, they will find a pair of beds—the headboards are monogrammed with the letter "C" for Cinderella and Prince Charming, and a "magic" mirror that transforms into a television screen.
In addition, there is a replica fireplace modeled after 17th Century French chateau, a gigantic tub with sparkling sky ceiling, and several nods to the story, like a clock that never moves past 11:59 p.m. The spell will never be broken at midnight for guests staying in the suite!
Dine at the Castle
If you want a glimpse into the wonders of the Cinderella Castle in Disneyworld, you can dine in the castle's special dining room. You can even meet a Disney princess. The dining room is in a storybook setting with soaring stone archways, medieval flags and stained-glass windows overlooking Fantasyland.
Alternatives to the Castle Suite
If you still want a stay fit for a princess, here are a few other places at Disney World where you can rest your royal head:
- The Royal Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort feature articles borrowed from Princess Tiana and her Prince and Princess buddies, including Aladdin's magic carpet, and in-room fireworks courtesy of, well, Tinkerbell?
- You'll feel like a VIP staying at Disney's Contemporary Resort or Bay Lake Tower when you can bypass the crowds and walk to and from your resort from the Magic Kingdom.
- Another Disney princess, the Little Mermaid, has her own themed section of Disney's Art of Animation Resort.