Fact check: Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom can't be disassembled in a hurricane

Posted Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:10 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Fact checking site Snopes published an article explaining the truth behind the long standing myth, and how it has often been reinforced.

While Florida was ramping up preparations for the arrival of devastating Hurricane Irma in early September 2017, a rumor spread that construction crews at Walt Disney World in Orlando were hard at work detaching the spires from the Magic Kingdom’s most iconic structure, Cinderella Castle, to prevent storm damage.

It was strange because it seemed to confirm a decades-old, long-since-debunked urban legend that the Cinderella Castle was designed and built such that all or part of it can be quickly “dismantled” in the event of an approaching hurricane. Disney officials say that isn’t true.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 11:33 AM

This as debunked years ago by Disney themselves in one of those Travel Channel Specials about secrets of the Magic Kingdom. Its been at least 8-9 years since I lived at home in WV where I saw it on the Travel Channel.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 1:55 PM

But Magnum is still sinking.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 4:03 PM

There were locals on Friday before Irma got here that insisted they were already in the process of taking it down.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:34 PM

The power of "I saw it on the internet" is amazing. And with the power of likes, re-posts, re-tweets, etc., info can reach a broad audience with zero thought being given to its merits.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 5:36 PM

But enough about American politics...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 6:30 PM

I saw it on our morning news.
Hook, line, and sinker. I told everyone.

Damn Fake News.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:14 PM

It still amazes me that people think a building could be or would need to be disassembled for a storm. And even then what the hell good would taking down just the spires do for it? Either way the Castle is actually a pretty safe place to be in a huge storm, especially in the center of the Castle. That is a very solid building of steel and concert that will hold up to a lot.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:22 PM

So is any house built in the last decade and a half in Florida.

Last edited by Jeff, Tuesday, October 3, 2017 9:23 PM
Thursday, October 5, 2017 12:03 PM

A couple of guys I work with went on vacation to WDW right before the hurricane hit. After the hurricane they went out and about and, among other things, saw several downed trees. I've read that for every tree you see as a guest of the resort, there's another tree, planted at the same time, that can replace trees that have downed, struck by disease or what have you.

Sorry, I love WDW trivia.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 1:42 PM

That seems likely to me, because they have what appears to be a massive tree farm and greenhouse system between Western Way and the north side of Animal Kingdom.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:06 PM

I wonder if the trees from SFGrAdv's Solar Farm can be re-located here.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:37 PM

If Disney needed trees they’d already hate poor people.

Friday, October 6, 2017 3:49 PM

slithernoggin said:
I've read that for every tree you see as a guest of the resort, there's another tree, planted at the same time, that can replace trees that have downed, struck by disease or what have you.

As Jeff mentioned there is a tree farm on property but I'm not sure at this point it's purpose. I say that because you can walk around the parks and still see many trees that have been removed or are still leaning from the hurricane. Just at Cinderella Castle alone are lots of trees that are leaning or are just stumps. So clearly they are not in any hurry if the icon of WDW still shows signs of the hurricane.

Friday, October 6, 2017 4:11 PM

I'm sure the hurricane created extenuating circumstances that is slowing down tree replacement, especially since this a less than ideal time of the year to plant or transplant trees.

Friday, October 6, 2017 4:23 PM

Yeah, and it's not even just a tree thing. The canvas covers over the boat docks on World Showcase Lagoon haven't yet been put back. (The one over the Test Track entrance ripped.)

Friday, October 6, 2017 8:37 PM

I follow a wdw facebook group, one of the lead guys of the group posted a pic of a crane installing Christmas lights on the castle with the caption- taking the spires down for irma, then it went viral and he thought it was funny as hell.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 7:18 PM

Of course I read the headline and wondered if the castle could be disassembled by a hurricane...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Last edited by RideMan, Tuesday, October 24, 2017 7:19 PM

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