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New Details on the Show Replacing Cinderella Castle Lighting

New Details on the Show Replacing Cinderella Castle Lighting

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The Cinderella Castle lights are a thing of the past. See what Disney has in store for us this year during the holidays.

No More Lights on the Castle

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For years, Guests loved to watch Cinderella Castle come alive at night during the holidays. The stage show that accompanied it every night was a fan-favorite event that people loved to watch over and over.

Cinderella Castle Dream Lights debuted in 2007. Over 200,000 Christmas lights covered the Castle in holiday magic each year.

Originally, the Fairy Godmother turned the lights on every night in a stage show with Cinderella and Prince Charming. However, in 2014 Anna and Elsa took over the tradition of lighting the Castle each night using Elsa’s powers to transform Cinderella Castle.

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However, in 2020 that all changed. Instead of castle lights, we now have projections. While many hoped this would be temporary once all the 50th anniversary decor was removed, it appears that castle lights are gone for good.

Read more about that in this post.

New Show

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This year, guests will join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and the Snowgies in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom for “Frozen Holiday Surprise.”

This is a brand new “Frozen”-inspired entertainment experience that will illuminate the castle in a whole new way. This delightful new offering can be seen during regular park hours and during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

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Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and Kristoff will appear in NEW OUTFITS and bring something special to the gathering. Instead of lights, the castle will look like a frozen ice palace with projections.

It debuts on November 7, 2023. Check out a first look below:

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Frozen Holiday Surprise will run every night beginning November 7.

Will you be visiting Magic Kingdom this holiday season? Will you miss the lights, or do you think this show looks great? Or maybe both? Let us know in the comments below and share this post with a friend.

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Paul James Headley

Wednesday 25th of October 2023

Another example of Disney going g against the desires of guest and pass holders. Just another cheap trick. I won't be attending. Extremely sad. The Dream Lights were the highlight of the holiday event


Monday 23rd of October 2023

I loved the lights! I did not love the cranes during the long weeks it took to put them up and take them down. If you are going to love Disney, you have to come to terms with the fact that everything changes at some point. The projections do look great with the current castle colors.


Monday 23rd of October 2023

I don't think anything will ever be as pretty as the lights. So sad that they are gone and so glad that my family got to see them several times over the years. The projections are nice but not the same feeling at all!

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