During any other year, many Disney fans would’ve already traveled to the place Where Dreams Come True; they would’ve explored Magic Kingdom, met the characters and eaten iconic Disney food. (Fortunately, Disney released a ton of its most popular recipes, like Dole Whip, churros and a Hawaiian cheeseburger). But COVID-19 turned our worlds upside down, and we had to put that Disney magic on hold until it was safe to return to the park.
Now, since Magic Kingdom reopened on July 11, Disney announced that it’s making a design change—and fans of this iconic landmark will definitely want to know more. Here’s an update about Cinderella Castle!
Disney is waving a wand and transforming the splendid Cinderella Castle. The official Disney Parks Blog outlined how the castle will be different for those who visit the park in the coming weeks, and honestly, we think it sounds pretty wonderful.
The most noticeable change will be an update to the color scheme. Now they’ve added a “sapphire dusting” and gold trim to make the building sparkle in the sun, and we’re smiling just imagining it! It seems like they’re drawing inspiration from Cinderella’s gorgeous dress and glass slippers, and we’re all about it. It really is a castle fit for a princess. Disney will put finishing touches on the castle soon.
Psst… Cinderella’s Royal Table, the restaurant inside Cinderella Castle, is closed for now. Here’s where to eat at Disney instead.
What Can I Expect If I Go to Disney World?
You’ll notice some changes, that’s for sure. For now, face masks are required for guests over the age of 2, there will be temperature checks and park capacity will be reduced. Here’s a closer look at what to expect when Disney World reopens.
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Inspired by: Mickey Waffles
A staple both in the parks and at Disney resorts, Mickey waffles are the ultimate morning pick-me-up. Recreate the magic at home with this recipe from No. 2 Pencil. The secret? Using a Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker to imprint that iconic design. Don’t forget the powdered sugar! Get Recipe at No. 2 PencilKatie Bandurski/Taste of Home
Inspired by: Aloha Isle’s Dole Whip
On a hot Florida (or California!) day, nothing hits the spot quite like a refreshing Dole Whip. And luckily, this iconic treat is super simple to recreate at home. You just need a few ingredients and a blender—Tiki attire optional. (We love this tropical kitchen decor, too.) Go to RecipeTaste of Home
Inspired by: Turkey Legs
If you haven’t walked around the Magic Kingdom while biting into an enormous turkey leg, have you even been to Disney? This recipe features that juicy, smoky flavor you love—and adds a tropical marinade, too. Psst! Did you know these Disney food secrets? Go to RecipeMerrill Images/getty Images
Inspired by: Churros
Hold on to your ears because Disney shared its OFFICIAL churro recipe. Yep—this recipe comes straight from the big man, err, mouse, himself. As an added bonus, it’s made with pantry staples you likely have on hand. Want to make some more magic at home? Check out a Disney+ subscription. It has all of your favorite films in one place! Go to RecipeCourtesy of Jenny Flake/Picky Palate
Inspired by: Mickey Beignets
Grab a stack of napkins—you’re going to need ’em! This copycat Disney treat from Picky Palate couldn’t be simpler. You need just three ingredients. (Plus a Mickey Mouse cookie cutter, of course!) Get Recipe at Picky PalateTaste of Home
Inspired by: Little Red Wagon Corn Dogs
You won’t have to wait in line to get one of these bad boys. These corn dogs are hand-dipped, battered and fried right at home. Pass the mustard, please! Go to RecipeTaste of Home
Inspired by: Be Our Guest French Onion Soup
You’re definitely going to want to tie a napkin ’round your neck before tucking into this delicious meal. This soup features the same savory flavors as the one served at the Be Our Guest restaurant. Speaking of Beauty and the Beast, check out these Disney movie copycat recipes. Go to RecipeCourtesy of Magical Treats at Home
Inspired by: Mickey Krispie Treats
Whether you pick one covered in candies, sprinkles or some other sweet topping, Mickey krispie treats are a classic park snack. Magical Treats at Home shows us how to recreate ’em in the comfort of your own kitchen. Get Recipe at Magical Treats at HomeTaste of Home
Inspired by: Blue Bayou Monte Cristo
Snagged a coveted reservation at Blue Bayou? Lucky you! For the rest of us, there’s this copycat Monte Cristo. The only thing missing is the powdered sugar sprinkle. Round out your meal with these New Orleans-inspired recipes. Go to RecipeTaste of Home
Inspired by: Woody’s Lunch Box S’more French Toast Sandwich
You’ve got a friend in this French toast. Filled with chocolate and marshmallow—and dipped in graham cracker crumbs—this sweet breakfast is reminiscent of the one found at Woody’s Lunch Box. You can also learn how to make the Totchos and Grilled Cheese from Toy Story Land. Go to RecipeTaste of Home
Inspired by: Gaston’s Tavern Cinnamon Rolls
You’re going to need Gaston’s appetite to devour one of these fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon rolls. Now if only we had a LeFou’s Brew to go with them… Go to RecipeTaste of Home
Inspired by: Funnel Cakes
No trip to a theme park is complete without a funnel cake, and Disney is no exception. This simple recipe will help you create the deep-fried favorite at home—but don’t stop there! Go ahead and get creative with your toppings. Whipped cream, fruit, cookies, ice cream—anything is fair game! Go to Recipe Next Up: Here’s what Disney parks looked like through the years. ⓘ