Mztress’ Disney News Articles


July 9, 2012

Do you remember the first time you ever saw Cinderella’s Castle or Sleeping Beauty’s Castle?


I will never forget the first time I saw the Castle at Walt Disney World. I was 12 years old on a journey far from home with my cousin who insisted that I would not have a proper life unless I started out by visiting Walt Disney World. Little did I know then how much of an impact Walt Disney World would have on my own life. Walking down Main Street USA for the very first time was an experience that I will never forget. The sights and smells, echoing laughter, and smiles on everyone’s face are imprinted in my memory forever.


It is a very true statement that when I visit Walt Disney World even to this day I am delighted to see the Cinderella’s Castle at the end of Main Street, for it is a vision to behold and represents so much for so many, including the fact that dreams really do come true. Not only is Cinderella’s Castle an iconic fortress, but it’s romantic beauty does indeed represent the Walt Disney company itself.

From viewing the 14 karat gold tiles in the Cinderella Castle mosaic to dining like royalty inside the restaurant Cinderella’s Royal table, Cinderella Castle holds something dear for every visitor to the Walt Disney World resort.


One of my families favorite memories includes one of Cinderella’s mice taking my husband’s hat off and playing with it while we were dining at Cinderella’s Royal table. Another favorite memory that occurred in the same eatery is that of my honeymoon. I will never forget being seated next to the window inside Cinderella’s Castle while watching the Wishes fireworks spectacular going on outside, sharing a very special moment with my new husband.

I have a unique perspective of Cinderella Castle however, since I actually was Cinderella for two years while employed with the Walt Disney company. Although I will not give up any trade secrets, I can tell you that the experience changed my life. Portraying a Disney character day after day is more challenging than you think. I never allowed reality to enter my mind while I was on Disney’s clock. Allowing this to occur would have had devastating consequences. There is no way I would have ever let down a child or allowed a child to view Cinderella as anything but the actual Cinderella. Inspiring scores of children to believe in their dreams was my number one goal, and I achieved that.

Regardless if you are East Coast Disney or West Coast Disney, your perspective of your respective Castle matters. So which Castle is it for you and what does it represent?

June 28, 2011

Fantasyland Expansion Update: Part One
Walt’s Basement WDW Reporting Team
Written by Mztressofallevil
Images by Mousejunkiedrew and Mztressofallevil

Fantasyland is one of the seven themed lands of the Magic Kingdom and is inspired by the Disney animated classics. Fantasyland was built to look somewhat like a medieval fair that is a rather expansive courtyard to Cinderella’s Castle. It has been developed with fun and Disney magic for the entire family in mind.

Announced in September 2009, Fantasyland at Walt Disney World is currently in the process of undergoing a massive expansion that will double it’s size. This was super news for those of us who just can not get enough! Since our update last fall, plans for Fantasyland have changed. Some of the princess’ houses have been scrapped and a Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride has been added. With two phases scheduled to open in 2012 and 2013, the land will offer new and richer experiences and will introduce a wider array of characters. To make way for the new attractions, the expanded Fantasyland is taking over the area of the less-than-stellar Mickey’s Toontown Fair. The classic dark ride, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, is also being removed as part of the Fantasyland expansion. But don’t become “grumpy” on us! There is a major new Snow White attraction planned. Have a look at some of the progress that has taken place in the last several months.

These are some early photos from December. You can see the trees being staged and here they are lined up along the fence.

Here are some images of the old Skyway. The wall literally went up overnight.


Everyone seems to love the new queue for Winnie the Pooh.

We are all eager for the new Beast’s Castle and Be Our Guest Restaurant, among other things. The Beauty and the Beast adventure will begin at Belle’s Village where guests will visit her father’s cottage. A magic mirror will transport guests to the Beast’s castle where they will have an opportunity to retell the Beauty and the Beast story by performing it for Belle.

Hungry guests will be able to dine in the elegant, 550-seat Be Our Guest Restaurant inside Beast’s castle or grab a quick snack at Gaston’s Tavern. The restaurant will offer quick-service meals during the day. At night, however, it will transform into a table service restaurant with a more refined menu.

Here are some images of the area near Enchanted Tales with Belle and where these other Beauty and the Beast attractions will be before long.


WDW’s own version of Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid will be completed before long. This version of the ride will be similar to it’s California Adventure counterpart, yet the word is that it will not be identical. Here are some pics of that area taken in May.

New in May 2011, this was the old entrance into Toontown. Reports say that even this has been moved up to the Tea Cups to where you are unable to walk around.

The new Dumbo is going to be located just beyond the old Toontown entrance on the right, behind the Speedway. It looks like it will be a tight fit between the Speedway and the coaster. A second Dumbo platform will double the capacity of the ride, and the queue will snake through a big-top circus tent complete with interactive games to entertain guests. The dueling Dumbos will be located in the Mickey’s Toontown Fair land, which will be renamed “Storybook Circus”. As a side note, the Barnstormer coaster will remain, but it will get renamed and also slightly re-themed as “The Great Goofini” to correspond to its Storybook Circus home.

Just before the new Pooh queue opened. The photo, taken from Dumbo are just before they added the trees along the fence to “hide” construction.

There’s no word whether the Evil Queen/Old Hag and the dreaded poison apple will reappear in the new Snow White ride, but it seems that the emphasis will be less on scary adventures and more on the resident dwarfs and their work in the diamond mine. Disney says that the cars on the prototype coaster ride system will swing to and fro as they navigate the track. A good thing to keep in mind is the fact that this is Fantasyland, so it is a good bet the ride will be less of a thrill ride and more of a relatively relaxing ride with a focus on the sets and detailed themes that Disney does so well.

In addition, there will be a new Princess meet-and-great area known as Princess Fairytale Hall. There will be lots of excitement as guests will get to greet Cinderella, Tiana, Aurora, and all of the others in one location.

Walt’s Basement will bring you more news and images as construction progresses- we are working on Part Two of this as we speak! Excited? What are you most looking forward to in this new area?


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