There are some things which money can’t buy, and a reservation for a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite is one of them. No amount of money can buy a stay inside the Cinderella Castle in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. It just isn’t for sale. But of course Disney gets to choose who stays in the Cinderella Castle Suite. And Tom Cruise and his daughter Suri were the chosen ones for their visit to Walt Disney World this summer.
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The only way to get to stay inside the Cinderella Castle Suite is to either win it in a competition, or be very famous! Tom Cruise certainly fits the famous criteria. The only other guests we are aware who have spent the night there as a result of being well known are Kevin Jonas and his wife back in December 2010.
The Cinderella Castle Suite was originally intended to be a place where Walt Disney and his family would stay. Sadly Walt died in 1966 and never saw the completion of the Magic Kingdom which opened in 1971. Up until the Year Of a Million Dreams in 2007 the space was under used, being empty for some of the time, used as a place for switchboard operators, and even just for storage at other times in it’s history.
This changed in 2006 when it was decided that a lavish suite would be created in Cinderella’s Castle and a night’s stay would be given away for every day during the Year of a Million Dreams celebration. Someone was chosen at the parks each day to spend the night, with up to 5 guests of their guests, in Cinderella’s Castle Suite.
The Cinderella Castle Suite is smaller than many people imagine, at 650 square feet – much smaller than the 2.600 square feet Disneyland Dream Suite in California. Access to the Suite is by private elevator.
One word to describe the design of the Cinderella Castle Suite is lavish. The ornate furnishings and decoration are based upon 17th Century French Chateau design, just like the exterior of Disney’s Cinderella Castle. The Suite sleeps up to 6 guests and has a bedroom with 2 Queen beds – fit for a Princess of course. Everything is magical inside the suite. Even the picture of Cinderella above the fireplace is not what it seems – and magically transforms into a flat screen television. The bathroom is what dreams are made of. It has a huge garden tub with ornate stained glass windows and a twinkling star ceiling.
Most of us can only imagine what it would be like to spend the night inside the Cinderella Castle Suite. Only for a very lucky few does the dream come true.
What do you think? Should Tom Cruise and Suri have been allowed to spend the night in the Cinderella Castle Suite? Leave me a comment below letting me know your views.
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Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.