“How much does a night inside Cinderella Castle Suite cost?” That’s a common question from readers in response to our Photo Tour of Walt Disney World’s Most Lavish “Hotel Room.” We’re about to have the answer to that, as Disney has “sold” a 1-night stay in Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle Suite. In this post, we’ll cover how that works, and what additional magical extras the suite stay includes. (Updated May 20, 2020.)
We’ve visited the Cinderella Castle Suite in Magic Kingdom twice, and it’s incredible–definitely the coolest accommodations (if you can even call it that) at Walt Disney World. For those unfamiliar with it, the Cinderella Castle Suite was created by Walt Disney Imagineering a little over a decade ago. Its purpose at that time was to serve as a daily prize for randomly chosen guests during the Year of a Million Dreams.
Prior to that, it was a utilitarian backstage storage space; before that, Walt Disney World phone operators used it as a workspace. (Talk about the ultimate office!) The Cinderella Castle Suite is seldom used these days, save for giveaways about once per year or when celebrities like Mariah Carey or Tom Cruise make a special visit.
As for the cost, last year ESPN offered a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite as part of its annual fundraising auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the V Foundation. This is a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer by generating broad-based support for cancer research and urgent awareness among all Americans of the importance of the war against cancer. (V Foundation has a 94.69 out of 100 on Charity Navigator.)
However, the auction was not just for a single night in Cinderella Castle Suite. It also included a vacation package for three nights and four days at Walt Disney World, including the following:
Four round trip coach airfares
Ground transfers between Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World via Disney’s Magical Express Service
Room accommodations consisting of one standard room for two nights at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, selected by Disney in its sole discretion.
Four 4-Day Theme Park Tickets with Park Hopper Plus
One Disney Gift Card with a value of $2,000.
One night stay inside the Cinderella Castle Suite in Magic Kingdom with select food and beverage snacks, breakfast at either Cinderella’s Royal Table or Crystal Palace.
Disney VIP Tour Guide for 8 hours one day
There are a bunch of other disclaimers, rules, and requirements (including the necessity of pre-qualifying to bid) that can be found in the auction listing.
The most important two things are that the estimated retail value of the vacation package is $10,644.80, which is the estimated value of all of the Walt Disney World vacation package add-ons.
This means that we can take the final winning bid and subtract $10,644 to determine the per night fair market value of a night in Cinderella Castle Suite by itself.
With that said, this ultimately a “for fun” exercise to answer the age old question of “how much is a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite worth?” In actuality, it won’t even be able to provide a definitive answer. For one, this goes to charity, so bidders might be more generous than if the sole beneficiary were Disney.
For another thing, there’s the matter of scarcity. To my knowledge, this is the first time since the Cinderella Castle Suite opened that you could buy your way into it. There’s likely a lot of demand and disposable wealth that would evaporate quickly if the Cinderella Castle Suite were available to be booked 365 days per year.
With all of that in mind, I think it’d be fun to make some guesses about where this will end up. Prior to the auction ending, my prediction was that the winning bid would be $64,499.49.
That’s an obscene amount of money, but there are plenty of incredibly affluent Disney fans willing to blow their money. Of course, if the Lopez brothers and John Stamos catch wind of this, it could result in a six-figures bidding war!
UPDATE: Bidding has concluded for the Cinderella Castle Suite auction. In the end, there were 114 bids placed and the winner paid $75,600 (plus $7.75 for shipping…for some reason). Not too far off from our original guess!
We’re guessing that if a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite were auctioned off every single day, the average price would drop considerably below that…but still likely around $10,000. After all, there are suites at the Grand Floridian and Four Seasons Orlando that fetch nearly that nightly rate!
In that, we cover why it’s not realistic for Walt Disney World to use this on a nightly basis for Make a Wish families or even cash bookings. Nevertheless, it feels almost criminal that it just sits empty most nights.
It’d be cool if there were a more egalitarian approach to Walt Disney World offering nights in the Cinderella Castle Suite on a regular basis, such as the random giveaways like during the Year of a Million Dreams. It was always incredibly exciting to see someone who was randomly selected return from their trip and post about it. You couldn’t help but feel happy for the winners, albeit with just a bit of good-natured jealousy.
With Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary coming up next year and the Royal Makeover of Cinderella Castle playing a part in that celebration, now would be the perfect time to revive the Year of a Million Dreams type giveaway. Perhaps add some golden flourishes for the occasion, and make a big deal of it. Few prizes at Walt Disney World are quite as exciting as a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite!
What would YOU pay to spend a night here (assuming no budgetary limitations)? Do you wish that Walt Disney World bring back random, daily giveaways of the Cinderella Castle Suite? Think it could happen for the 50th Anniversary? Any questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!