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Video: Stitch Prepares to ‘Redecorate’ Cinderella Castle

What would the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World be without even more theming added to Cinderella Castle? Thankfully, a certain mischievous little alien is on top of things and ready to add some “throwback” elements back onto Cinderella Castle. Let’s take a look…

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April Fools! (Thank goodness! Disney had us worried for a second…) Stitch actually did ‘redecorate’ Cinderella Castle in 2004, though, much to the surprise of many Guests visiting the Magic Kingdom that day.

Unsuspecting Guests heading into the Disney theme park on November 16, 2004, were shocked to see Stitch’s makeover of Cinderella Castle with toilet paper strung over the turrets and even some graffiti, aptly noting “Stitch is King.” The makeover was done to celebrate the opening of the now-closed Stitch’s Great Escape attraction in Tomorrowland. While some Guests were not fans of an earlier redesign of Cinderella Castle (see below) the Stitch makeover has certainly gone down in history as one of the most perplexing decoration choices ever.

Birthday Cake Castle

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The birthday cake castle was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort, offering quite the sight for Guests visiting the Disney park from October 1, 1996-1998. This look was unveiled during a grand televised spectacular, and while it was met with mixed reviews from Guests visiting the park at the time, it has become a major part of 90s Disney nostalgia for many Guests today!

Disneyland Anniversary Castle

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Cinderella Castle was once again decorated for the 50th anniversary of Disneyland in 2005, when its exterior was dressed up with new golden accents and character statures plus a stained class “magic mirror” that changed images about every minute or so to show a different Disney park around the world.

Characters featured on the “Happiest Celebration on Earth” Castle included Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and Wendy around one of the tallest spires, as well as characters from The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and The Jungle Book, just to name a few.

For now, we are enjoying Cinderella Castle’s current look for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, which will be sticking around until next spring! And, while it was fun to take a look back at previous Castle decorations, we have to admit we’re relieved Stitch hasn’t gotten his hands on toilet paper for real since 2004.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."