Day 6, Part 2: Cinderella Castle Suite + CAKE!!!

We bid the Roots farewell for a couple of hours (til our dinner reservation at California Grill), changed our clothes, and sprinted off to the Magic Kingdom for our D23 Cinderella Castle Tour.

Still running…

Where we were headed


They kept us cooling our heels in the tunnel while the group before ours ran long, so we added to our voluminous collection of Dorthea Redmond mosaic photos.

The door is on the right hand side just inside the passageway as you’re entering from Main Street (IF you’re entering from Main Street—is it ever *not* blocked off?)

I "C" my initial in the door!


At last, the door opened and the previous group was slowly pushed out, their fingers clawing at the doorjamb and heels digging into the carpet.

Our turn!


I can’t remember how many of us there were—maybe 8?—but the reason the group was so small is that the suite is so small. This anteroom is where the 24-hour attendant hangs out, ready to service the every whim of the family of pin sharks who kept winning nights in the suite during Disney’s (two) Year(s) of a Million Dreams contest. (Pin sharks: “Less toilet paper!!!”).

"OK, you pin sharks, the toilet is there for a REASON!"


Now, The Roots had earlier taken what I consider to be the definitive photos of the Cinderella Castle Suite, so I’ll sprinkle theirs in with ours just so you can see how absolutely gorgeous the place is when you see it through your eyeballs and not just the lens of our point-and-shoot camera.

After telling us, basically, DON’T TOUCH ANYTHING, the guide lead us into the elaborate elevator. This is the most awesome elevator you will ever ride because it’s actually a tiny gallery, complete with display cases and REAL Mary Blair concept art!

None of us wanted to get out of the elevator cuz we were still ooooohing and aaaaahing over everything in it, but then the door slid back to reveal THIS!

I was dying to swipe some of this stationery for Jensey!


This magical portrait can show you Cinderella or, like, ESPN SportsCenter…

The bedroom is nice, but the sitting room is where I’d be hanging out. The afternoon light made it so inviting!


Why look, they put my initial up in honor of my visit!

The bathroom is the pièce de résistance. You see a lot of photos of the spa tub, with its beautiful light-up starry-night ceiling, but the rest of the place ain’t too shabby either…

The Imagineers thought it would be funny if every time you looked in the bathroom mirror, you saw a couple of tourists…

Towel Art: Is it a glass slipper? Or a bird wearing Groucho Marx glasses?

The Royal Throne

I wanna disco tub too!

They even put out a towel for me!


When our time was up, they stuffed us back into the elevator and sent us on our way.

"Hope you enjoyed it, cuz you'll never get in here again!"


We went around the back and tried to spot the sitting room windows.

The Cinderella Castle Suite tour was definitely the highlight of D23’s Magic & Merriment event for us. It’s just a shame there’s no way any of us will ever get to stay there.

After getting booted out of Eden, we had a few minutes to kill before dinner, so we wandered around enjoying what little time we had left together before Patrick flew back to LA to build puppets for Pee-wee.

I was really excited about our dinner date with The Roots. For one thing, we were introducing them to yet another of our fave restaurants, but also it was going to be nice to have a chunk of time to just sit and talk (my 6-year-old self would shudder to think I’d ever find it interesting to just sit and TALK <eyeroll>). Oh, and also I had a surprise for them.

Here’s what they saw on the way back to the Contemporary:

They started with one of those flatbreads, which I refuse to order because it’s just bread with cheese on top that you have to PAY for!

Triple Cheese Brick Oven Fired Flatbread: Pecorino, Asiago, and Provolone with Sun-dried Tomato and Arugula Pesto*

*And you thought it was just the décor that’s stuck in the ’90s!

I had the Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli because at least one person in your party must order it or they’ll slap you in the face.

Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Pesto, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Basil


Patrick had a salad because he is a better person than I am.

Hearts of Romaine with Roasted Garlic Dressing, Marinated Anchovies, Olives, Aged Parmesan, and Croutons


The Roots decided to order what we were splitting, and we were so glad/relieved when they loved it as much as we do!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Goat Cheese Polenta, Roasted Mushrooms, Zinfandel Glaze, and Sage


As we got closer to dessert, I got more and more excited for the surprise. Nathan and Jensey had THE most romantic elopement ever, on Christmas Eve, in the woods, with their best friend officiating. However, they never had a wedding cake! Which I think might be illegal… So, projecting my own obsession with cake onto them, I decided that they needed to be surprised with a really over-the-top Disney cake that combined their anniversary and Jensey’s favorite holiday.

I scoured Flickr.com for Christmas cake ideas and then had Patrick cut out all the best parts and reassemble them in Photoshop. I asked Nate what Jensey’s favorite flavor was (chocolate). I called Private Dining at the Contemporary and was given the email address of the pastry chef, so I sent him a message with the picture, the size we wanted and a request for chocolate cake with chocolate chips in it (to keep it from being dry) and chocolate mousse filling.

When our waiter brought the cake out, Nathensey got very confused, but then when Jensey realized it was for them, she freaked out—hooray!

The cake was AMAZING-looking! Check out the inspiration picture we sent…

And the finished product!

It completely broke our hearts to have to cut into the thing…

Can you tell how much my heart is breaking at the thought of cutting myself a big honkin' piece?

…So our waiter cut it for us!

Classic!


Taste-wise, I thought it was just OK, but everyone else seemed to really like it, which is what matters. The chocolate chips did keep it from being dry—I just thought it was kinda bland. But then, my all-time favorite cake recipe is a milk chocolate one, while most places seem to do dark chocolate, so maybe that’s the difference.

The Wreckage


At the end of the meal, they boxed up the cake for Nathensey, who, I believe, ate it for breakfast all the next week.

You think this day is over? Think again! Up Next: Carriatrick take on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Christmas Party!!!

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13 Responses
  • Emily Hendrix
    October 28, 2014

    I know this post is really old but I’m dying to know what all of the little notecards sitting out in the room said. I assume it was basically “Keep your tush off here, you’re only visiting.”

    • Carrie
      October 28, 2014

      That is EXACTLY what they said. It’s like you’re psychic! 😀

  • GranderGirl
    June 6, 2012

    I knew I recognized that cake! The decorator is a FB friend, and it stuck in my mind as being sooooo cute! He said he loved it, and the guests did too! How funny, small world (after all).

    • Carrie
      June 6, 2012

      What a coincidence! Well, he does great work and is in high demand among DIS Boards members. 🙂

  • Hope
    December 21, 2011

    I don’t know if I’d want to stay at the Castle Suite after reading about what the pin shark family allegedly did (*shudder*), but it would definitely be cool to walk through and enjoy for a few hours. Maybe they thought the restroom was “too nice” to go there? lol

    You are such a sweet friend to surprise the Roots with a cake. It came out so cute!

    • lurkyloo
      December 22, 2011

      And you are sweet to give the pin sharks the benefit of the doubt! 😀

  • Cindy
    May 25, 2011

    Hi! thanks for answer my questions 🙂 but i have more doubts, i don’t know a cast member… and i don’t know what’s D23’s magic & merriment, i’m planning to go in December because of my birthday 22 and.. oh i don’t know i’m so confused :S if you can help me giving me a url or something to know about the d23 it would be so helpful for me.. 🙂 again thank you for reading and sorry for my english

  • Cindy
    May 22, 2011

    Heeey!! I LOVED THE PICTURES YOU TOOK AT THE CASTLE SUITE, I’M TRAVELLING TO DISNEY WORLD THIS SUMMER AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU CAN TELL ME WHERE DO I HAVE TO CHECK THE CINDERELLA CASTLE SUITE TOUR,WHERE DO I HAVE TO CALL TO MAKE A TOUR TO THE CINDERELLA’S SUITE. DID YOU PAY FOR GOING TO THE SUITE? WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO GO TO THE CASTLE, HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME, AND SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH, IT’S NOT MY FIRST LANGUAGE

    • lurkyloo
      May 25, 2011

      Hi Cindy! Unfortunately, there are no regularly scheduled tours of the Cinderella Castle Suite. The only way to see it is to know a cast member who can get you in or to attend D23’s Magic & Merriment event each December. This year’s event will be held December 17 & 18—you could try joining D23 and see if you can get in. Just know that tickets usually sell out within minutes.

  • Chilly
    January 17, 2011

    The castle suite is sooooooo beautiful, and given that i’m a C as well, I think I should get to visit.

    So nice of you to get the cake, didn’t they do a brilliant job in copying the photo you sent.

  • ATG
    January 17, 2011

    A great update! Just what I needed to see – the most ADORABLE cake known to man — and chocolate, too!!

    Someday I want to tear around WDW with you guys – with many chances to eat cake!

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