Large crane arrives at Cinderella Castle as 50th decor removal continues at Magic Kingdom

May 09, 2023 in "Cinderella Castle"

50th decor removal at Cinderella Castle - May 9 2023
Posted: Tuesday May 9, 2023 10:30am Et by WDWMAGIC Staff

A large crane is now in position behind Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom to assist in removing the 50th-anniversary decorations.

The crane is parked just behind the castle and is mostly out of view during park hours. The walkway is closed when approaching from Tomorrowland, and in Fantasyland, the crane area is walled-off.

With the moat drained, crews have been working on removing the decor from the lower sections, with most of the sides now cleared.

The large crane will be working on the large pieces on the upper spires.

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LittleBuford11 hours ago

I loved it! Watched it three times during my trip this summer.

ToTBellHop11 hours ago

Way to end your celebration with class and optimism toward the future.

Sir_Cliff14 hours ago

Definitely had the same impression. I'm kind of curious to understand what made Dream and Shine Brighter hit just the right spot. I'm normally not a big fan of the castle shows featuring the characters, but this one just felt like pure joy. I suppose a lot of credit needs to go to the performers, who were fantastic.

Disney Analyst15 hours ago

The 50th could never.

NotCalledBob15 hours ago

I'd take Natacha for next Chair of DPEP over Ken or Jeff.

SpectroMan9315 hours ago

After visiting this past June, it was very apparent how much more heartfelt and vibrant Disneyland Paris’ 30th was than Walt Disney World’s 50th. Paris did an incredible job at centering the celebration on meaningful experiences for their guests. I’ve never experienced so much joy at a park as I had watching Dream and Shine Brighter. And Disney D-Light was just pure magic. Paris felt grateful and genuinely appreciative of the guests that have entered the gates over the last 30 years. Disney World made it very apparent that they just wanted our money.

Sir_Cliff16 hours ago

Another particularly nice touch:

Sir_Cliff16 hours ago

I think the main problem was that everything they did was so passionless. The new fireworks show felt like a lazy version of the previous one, the songs seemed like pandering AI-produced generic Disney songs, etc.

TTA9416 hours ago

If only MK could have drones 🙄.

Squishy16 hours ago

WDW is currently planning the Diamond celebration just for the plans to get all budget cut last minute

Sir_Cliff16 hours ago

Today was the end of Disneyland Paris' 30th anniversary celebration, which provided another stark comparison with WDW's 50th in that they gave it a very big send off and it looks like the crowds showed up to celebrate. It seemed like they started packing up WDW's 50th before it even finished! One nice touch was a short extra tag after the Disney Dream's fireworks show to farewell the celebration:

Bocabear9 days ago

I don't mind them staying, I just think unless the repainting is necessary because they are in bad shape, then sure, repaint them, but don't change the color just because the 50th promo is over... The park has hit it's 50th milestone... that is wonderful and doesn't necessarily need to go away. The statues are fine in gold.... I would rather that budget go to repainting the castle and removing it's "Sunburn Pink"... That is more of a reminder of the 50th than gold painted statues....

James Alucobond10 days ago

It’s paint. If they stay, they have to be painted regularly anyway, and painting them is honestly probably cheaper than removing them and reworking the landscaping.

MrPromey10 days ago

There are but you have to ask for them.