Not everyone gets to step into Cinderella’s shoes.
But perhaps the best part of the 6-year-old’s adventure has been staying in one of Disney’s most coveted rooms, Cinderella’s Castle Suite. The room cannot be booked at any price, but it’s often used by Disney for charity events and promotions, so the mystery of what it’s like to spend a night inside is part of its appeal. Suri – who wore an Ariel costume while exploring the park last Monday – loves princesses and even celebrated her 3rd birthday with a Beauty and the Beast-themed cake, so visiting the suite must have been a dream come true for the young fan.
Four stories above the Magic Kingdom sits Cinderella’s Castle Suite, which is decorated as a 17th-century chamber, with a sitting room, bedchamber and bathroom off a private marble-floored foyer. Staying in the suite includes access to a 24-hour concierge, ready to make your wish his command. Originally conceived as an apartment for Walt Disney and his family to stay in while in Florida (unfortunately, Walt died in 1966, five years before Disney World opened), two queen-sized beds and a pullout couch can accommodate up to six people.
The suite’s layout may sound modest, but its details are extraordinary. In the foyer, a mosaic of Cinderella’s coach was made with more than 30,000 tiles, including 3,400 that are 24-carat gold and more than 120 white gold pieces. In the bedchamber, a 600-lb. antique limestone fireplace utilizes fiber optics to create the likeness of a “fire” with glowing embers, two custom designed 8-ft. tall headboards display “C” for Cinderella, and a painting of the Disney princess that uses special effects to magically transform into a television.
In the sitting room, stained glass windows tell the story of Cinderella’s journey from pauper to princess. In the garden-themed bathroom, dome ceilings display a night sky full of twinkling stars, three mosaics – which feature a glass slipper, a crystal pumpkin and a mouse looking up toward the castle – made of Italian glass contain more than 30,000 tiles, each hand-cut and placed by Disney artists.
In September, Suri’s summer of fun will come to a close when she begins class at Avenues, a private school in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.