Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Inside Cinderella's Castle - a story in mosaics

I practically grew up at Disney World.  And I distinctly remember walking through the castle from the hub and into Fantasy Land.  I remember the heat and the humidity.  And then, in the cool corridor of the castle, a welcome respite.  And in that corridor - I remember mosaics telling the story of Cinderella.



But going to Magic Kingdom with my own children, I don't recall walking through the castle.  It's often blocked off because of the stage for the Dream Along with Mickey show.  And.  My family tends to tour in a circular pattern, so walking through the middle doesn't typically happen.

And then on our last trip, I wanted to go back through the castle to see if things were as I remembered.  My girls didn't even realize you could walk right through!


There wasn't a lot of "traffic" on our end - but at the other end are the entrances to Cinderella's Royal Table on one side and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the other.  So I was able to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the beautiful mosaics and assure myself that I hadn't conjured up a childhood memory - that it was all real.






If you'd like to see more Disney photos themed around the letter C - check out Deb's "Focused on the Magic" blog and join in the hop!

So...what about you?  Have you seen the mosaics inside the castle?  Do you have a favorite childhood memory of Disney World?


Katrina

13 comments:

  1. They are gorgeous, aren't they? I have the same memory from my childhood and when I went back for the first time as an adult, I was so disappointed we couldn't walk through. Thanks for sharing these pictures with us and bringing back a great memory for me!

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  2. These mosaics are so detailed and beautiful. Unfortunately, it was closed the two times I've been there. I would love to see this. I didn't get to Disney World until I was an adult but have some great memories at Disneyland.

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  3. Great photos! I remember going through the Castle as a little girl and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. It still is :)

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  4. BEAUTIFUL! I have no photos of the mural, with definite plans to resolve this. I cannot believe that these are my neighbors now. And boy do they know how to party. We sit out in our front yard each night and watch their fireworks show. Living a dream here.

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  5. I vaguely remember going through the castle in 1987. But my memory doesn't do it justice. These pictures are great. I can't wait to see it in person.

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  6. What a beauty, no matter what angle. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. So beautiful! I love walking through the castle. We do it often and I rarely get good pictures because of the crowds. Your pictures are gorgeous, they bring back wonderful memories.

    Thanks so much for joining in on the Disney Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop fun!

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  8. Beautiful photos! I love the mosaics and always try to walk through the castle at least once to see them but, like Deb, the crowds have always prevented me from getting good pics - love seeing yours!

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  9. Such gorgeous shots!!! Have seen these, but your pictures are dern' near better than in person ;-D

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  10. Yes, we have seen them. So pretty. When we go to Disney we're eating in the castle again. We did that for breakfast the last time we went.

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  11. Love the mosaic inside and your photos are gorgeous :) So many favorite memories at Disney as a child. While a teen one involved para-sailing over by the Contemporary. Something I will never forget.

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  12. I too miss walking through Cinderella Castle and being surrounded by those enchanting walls. One of the bonuses at Disneyland (and Disneyland Paris) is that you can walk right through, but these mosaics are one of a kind. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Visiting from Sharefest. I've been to Disneyland seven times but not my three children or hubby. Gorgeous pictures. I'm glad you rediscovered your childhood. I like your website.

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