The Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has always been magical, and now the 17-story atttraction is about to become even more regal.

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A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle © Matt Stroshane/Bloomberg via Getty Images

It's getting an external makeover in honour of the 70th anniversary of the classic Disney film Cinderella. Located in Magic Kingdom Park as the centrepiece of Fantasyland, the castle is one of the most recognizable structures in the world and is surrounded by colorful flowers and whimsical topiary. Disney has released a concept image that shows that hues of pink, navy and gold will replace the castle's existing blue and grey colour.

A concept image of Cinderella Castle in Disney World
The Cinderella Castle is getting a makeover © Walt Disney World

The upcoming renovations were announced by Jason Kirk, the vice president of Magic Kingdom, in a Disney Parks blog post. "Cinderella first transformed into a princess 70 years ago this week when the animated classic was released, and ever since, her courage and kindness have been inspiring guests and cast members alike," he says. "We are excited to share that her story has inspired a bold, shimmering and royal makeover of her namesake castle at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort."

An illuminated Cinderella Castle in Walt Disney World
Illuminations at the Cinderella Castle © Walt Disney World

The castle was built in 1971 and its chief designer was Herbert Ryman. It has 27 towers and when the sun sets, it is illuminated by LED lights. The renovations will begin soon and should be completed by the end of the summer, but they won't affect the daily life of the castle. Favourites like “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” and the “Happily Ever After” fireworks show will still run during the period of renovation, and visitors will be able to enjoy special signature experiences that include dining with Disney princesses and staying overnight in the castle.

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