Take a Look at What Cinderella Castle Looked Like BEFORE Disney World Opened in 1971!

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Disney World nostalgia is real. From going on a trip down memory lane looking through old family photos to picking up your first Mickey Ear Hat, moments made in Disney are so magical.


Although the parks have gone through many changes, they’re still just as special as ever. But, there’s something extra cool about seeing Disney World before it opened to guests in 1971!

President of Walt Disney World Josh D’Amaro just shared a throwback photo of Cinderella Castle!

Cinderella Castle

You can spot the first Walt Disney World Ambassador, Debby Dane Brown, standing with Mickey on Cinderella Castle’s balcony before the park opened. When the photo was taken, the castle was still being built into the iconic landmark that it is today.

©Josh D’Amaro

D’Amaro paired with a few other Cast Members to bring the old and the new together by pairing a picture of Cinderella Castle from the past with Magic Kingdom’s centerpiece today! How cool is it seeing how far the parks have come over the years?

©Josh D’Amaro

Check out some of the wild transformations Cinderella Castle has undergone over the years!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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