Cinderella's Holiday Wish

Magic Kingdom

Cinderella Castle Dream Lights crane installation dates
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PHOTOS - Castle Dreamlight installation underway at the Magic Kingdom
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Crane now onsite at Cinderella Castle for dream light removal and refurbishment
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Crane on-site next week at Cinderella Castle for Dream Light installation
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200,000 tiny white lights cover Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom in a dazzling light show performed nightly during the holiday season.

2012 Schedule

November 6 - December 31 2012

2011 Schedule

November 4 - December 31 2011
Nov 4 and 5 - 7:15pm, all other shows at 6:15pm.
Sign language interpreted performances on Mondays and Thursdays.

2010 Schedule

November 7 - January 2 2011.

Sign language interpreted performances on Mondays and Thursdays.

2009 Schedule

November 10 - December 5 2009.

December 6 - December 31 2009

Sign language interpreted performances on Mondays and Thursdays.


To mirthful holiday music, Mickey, Minnie and the gang appear onstage, admiring the festive lights illuminating Main Street, U.S.A. But what to do about the darkened, unadorned castle?

As they bandy about ideas, the Fairy Godmother suddenly appears. It is Cinderella who should rightfully decide, she insists.

Enter the princess herself, with her Prince Charming. All agree with Cinderella that her castle should sparkle the way her beloved glass slippers do -- like shimmering ice and snow.

With a wave of Fairy Godmother's wand -- and guests joining in to make the wish come true -- Cinderella Castle magically morphs into a glorious wintry confection, twinkling in the sky. "The castle suddenly shines like a glistening blanket of ice," explained Disney show writer/director Alan Bruun. "Guests won't believe their eyes at the spectacle as Cinderella's holiday wish comes true."

Show times will be nightly at 5:45 p.m. Cinderella Castle aglow will also play a supporting role in other Magic Kingdom entertainment such as live stage shows, the nighttime fireworks extravaganza "Holiday Wishes," and the after-hours Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, a specially-ticketed event featuring the new "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade."


To transform Cinderella's fairytale castle into a magical ice palace it took.
  • Five weeks and 65 elves
  • Two cranes
  • 15 miles of cables, cut and dyed castle colors, supporting...
  • 32,000 square feet of fishing nets, supporting...
  • 200,000 energy-efficient LEDs, interspersed with...
  • 500 strobes
  • One Fairy Godmother working some very special magic...