Enchanting photos show what it’s like inside Disney’s exclusive Cinderella Castle Suite, where guests can stay by invitation only

There's a hidden guest suite inside Disney's Cinderella Castle. Take a look inside.

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There’s a hidden guest suite inside Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Take a look inside.
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  • Inside Walt Disney World‘s Cinderella Castle, there’s a hidden, 17th century-looking suite.
  • During Disney‘s Year of a Million Dreams, the only way to stay there was to be randomly chosen by park staff.
  • Now the Cinderella Castle Suite is only open to sweepstakes winners, Disney’s Guest Services told INSIDER.
  • From hand-laid, gold mosaics to fireworks in the fireplace, there are more hidden features in this suite than you may be able to find in your 24-hour stay.

The Cinderella Castle in Disney World‘s Magic Kingdom has a secret – it doubles as a hotel.

The exclusive suite is the only room in the place, and you can’t simply pay for a night there. You have to win it.

The park built the suite as part of it’s Year of a Million Dreams celebration. During the celebration, park staff invited different Disney guests to spend a night in the suite every night for a year.

Now, it’s only given out to guests as part of a sweepstakes giveaway, Disney’s Guest Services told INSIDER – though the suite does get used for other things, like as a green room for VIPs performing at the park.

Here’s a look inside the suite and at the perks that have come with it.


The Cinderella Castle stands in the center of Disney World in Orlando’s Magic Kingdom Park.

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Most people who visit the castle may take a look around the grounds, take pictures with the characters around the grounds, get a royal makeover at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside, or maybe even eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table if they can get a reservation.

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But only a select few park visitors are lucky enough to visit the hidden, third-floor suite inside Cinderella’s Castle.

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When the park celebrated its Year of a Million Dreams from October 2006 through December 2007 — it was a little more than a year — management turned its reservations office into a special suite.

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The only way to stay there at the time was to win a night’s stay completely randomly. During the Year of a Million Dreams, a team chose guests throughout the park every day to spend a night in the suite. These days you have to be a sweepstakes winner to stay in the suite, according to Disney’s Guest Services.

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When it’s not being used by lucky guests, the suite may also be occupied by lucky cast members or used as a green room for VIP performers. Katy Perry once spent some time there.

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The aesthetic of the suite is 17th-century royal. So everything you’ll see inside is styled to make you believe you’re living in the 1600s.

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The first stop of this exclusive experience is the concierge office on the ground floor. Inside the office you’ll find a lot of nods to Cinderella’s story in the decorations and the architecture. Take a closer look at the column here.

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There are familiar mice carved into it.

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There’s also a tapestry with pumpkins.

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And even the clock is set to 11:59 p.m. — since it never strikes midnight, the magic theoretically never ends.

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After an elevator ride, you’ll step out of the elevator and see a mosaic on the floor depicting Cinderella’s iconic gold coach.

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This mosaic is made out of 30,000 hand-laid tiles, including some that are 14-karat yellow and white gold. A castle tour guide told Disney vlogger, A Clairey Tale, that two women worked on this medallion and brought it up to the suite already assembled.

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In the entryway is a trophy case displaying signature trinkets from Cinderella’s story.

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There’s Cinderella’s glass slipper, which the guide was cut from a single piece of crystal …

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… her coronation crown and scepter …

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… and three blown glass pumpkins. The guide told A Clairey Tale that these were a gift from Cinderella’s fairy godmother, reminding her of her “humble beginnings.”

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Walking into the living space you’ll see the bedroom has room for four with two large beds.

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Take a closer look at the royally shimmering bedding.


And there’s Cinderella’s crest again on the bed frame.

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There’s even a vintage-looking telephone on the nightstand. Even though the suite has a 17th century motif, it still has all the amenities of a modern hotel room.

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The chest next to the beds acts as another display case. This time it’s for photos, books, and figurines.

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The guide told A Clairey Tale that Disney likes to hide all of the modern conveniences throughout the suite to make it feel more authentic. They did it again by hiding the TV in an ornate frame, making it look like a precious painting, which hangs across from the beds.

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The fireplace — which doesn’t actually give off heat — sits right below the TV, and the faux flames can be controlled with the same remote. It’s cast off of a fireplace the designers found in an Irish castle. Disney wanted to buy it, but it wasn’t for sale, so they had a cast made and re-sized it to make it fit in the space.

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If you look closely into the fireplace beyond the gate at the inside wall, you’ll see fireworks flashing on and off every 30 seconds.

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Continuing through the suite past the bedroom is the parlor area, which has another TV, hidden mini bar, and a DVD player. The suite sleeps six people, two of whom can sleep in the parlor.

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“The royal bath chamber” is on the other side of the fireplace from the parlor. The bathroom features two sinks and more stained glass panels.

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Check out the vanity area beyond the curtains.

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The bathroom also features a jacuzzi tub …

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… surrounded by mosaic scenes from Cinderella’s story …

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… and a starry sky on the ceiling. The inlaid lights twinkle when you turn off the main lights.

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There’s also the option to turn on multi-colored lights. You may feel like you’re soaking in a disco ball, though.

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The attention to detail continues with monogrammed towels.

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The “royal throne room” is the room with the toilet. It’s actually designed to look like a throne with this structure hanging over the toilet itself.

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In addition to the suite, Year of a Million Dreams guests had access to a 24-hour concierge.

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Their guide would take them around the park for a day where they could go on any ride line-free — even the rides that don’t accept fast passes.

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And they didn’t have to worry about lugging all of their stuff on the shuttle just for one night. Instead, a driver would come to pick them up.

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They also got to dine at Cinderella’s Royal Table — the sit-down restaurant inside the castle. And the next food perk is a little sweeter …

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A chocolate carriage filled with chocolate-dipped strawberries welcomed guests to the experience.

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The chocolates in the suite are not pictured here.
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You can’t reserve or request — or even pay $1 million — to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite. But if you’re lucky enough to win a Disney sweepstakes, this experience might be all yours.

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