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200,000 Lights Transform Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World

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    Really nice little article over at the DisneyParks Blog about how Cinderella's castle transforms into its Christmas outfit. Click the link and watch the video!

    200,000 Lights Transform Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Disney Parks Blog

    “Dipped in sugar” is how Cinderella Castle appears to Walt Disney World Entertainment’s senior show director Alan Bruun. And if you’ve seen the castle’s 200,000 holiday lights, it’s hard to disagree with the description — it’s a must see.

    But how the Castle transforms for the season is just as remarkable. It takes about six weeks and involves hundreds of hours of manpower. Cranes are brought in overnight to place the LED lights around the castle and reach the highest spires. Here’s video showing some of the behind-the-scenes work that goes into lighting the Castle each year

    The Castle lights are also attached to more than 40,000 square feet of fisherman’s net dyed to specifically match the colors of the castle. There is blue net for the roof tops and gray for the walls. After the lights are hooked up on the nets, they’re programmed and tested and then written into lighting cues for the shows, according to Bruun.

    To bring the lights together, 18 miles of electrical cable is used. And it’s all run on the amount of power that it takes to run three clothes dryers — it’s extremely energy efficient.
     

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    Isn't it gorgeous? So beautiful!
     
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    Those are some of my favorite photos from Disney. It's gorgeous in pictures, but in real life it's breathtaking.
     
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    LOVELOVELOVE the castle like this!!!
     
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    It's very magical being there when the castle starts to glisten and then transforms into this 'sugar dipped' effect with the lights. :yes:
     
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    One day I WILL see it like that in the flesh.
     
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    To think this time last week I fell asleep on the balcony watching the castle look like that :( sigh I wanna go backkkkkkkkk :cry2:
     
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    A little bit heartbreaking isn't it?
     
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    Well, we do have that guest room you keep turning your nose up at. :sigh: You can't see the castle, but you can see the high fireworks from Wishes. :yes:
     
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    oooooo that sounds nice :D full Internet access and modern iMac? ;)
     
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    Full internet access yes, ummmm...modern? Well. It works! :lol: Hot spot for wifi! :D
     
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    Ooh I got goosebumps watching that. Thank you for that XXXXX
     

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