“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 there’s a new way to buy 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 and trip include.
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. Now, you have the chance to buy a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite!
For ESPY week, ESPN is offering a night in the Cinderella Castle Suite via this eBay listing 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.)
This listing is not just for a single night in Cinderella Castle Suite. In addition, the experience gives you one vacation package for you and three guests 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 and that the vacation must be taken between September 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020. This means a couple of things.
First, the range of dates that you can stay means that the Cinderella Castle Suite doesn’t have a variable rate chart like every other room at Walt Disney World.
If the eventual winning bidder is reading this, you should absolutely stay for New Year’s Eve, or at least the week after Christmas. Sure, the parks will be more crowded, but think of the bang for your buck. Plus, can you imagine being inside Cinderella Castle during the New Year’s Eve fireworks? Priceless.
Second, that the retail value of all vacation components here totals $10,644.80. Since this figure includes Cinderella Castle Suite and has some other high-value items, the “retail value” of the suite could be under $1,000 per night. If that were the actual nightly rate, the suite would be more difficult to book than dinner in Beast’s Castle, and would be booked solid for decades to come.
For the purposes of this ‘valuation’, it probably makes sense to 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. Things like airfare can vary tremendously based upon whether the winning bidder is coming from Atlanta or Anchorage, so that makes the math cleaner.
Besides, this will ultimately be 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. Currently, the high bid for this package is $30,300 with roughly 5 days remaining. My prediction is that the winning bid is $64,499.49. That’s an obscene amount of money, but there are plenty of incredibly affluent Disney fans willing to blow their money.
What’s your guess as to where bidding for the Cinderella Castle Suite ends? (No Price is Right rules. Closest guess wins…bragging rights.) Of course, if the Lopez brothers and John Stamos catch wind of this, it could result in a six-figures bidding war!
If you want to see more glimpses of the rooms inside the suite, check out our Cinderella Castle Suite Photo Tour post (that bathroom is beyond belief!). 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.
Charitable auctions like this are great, and Disney should offer the Cinderella Castle Suite as often as possible via this type of thing. It’d also be cool if there were a more egalitarian approach, such as the random giveaways during the Year of a Million Dreams. I remember being on forums back in the day, and it was always incredibly exciting to see someone who was randomly selected return from their trip and post about the experience. You couldn’t help but feel happy for the winners, albeit with just a bit of good-natured jealousy. Perhaps Walt Disney World will try something like that again during the 50th Anniversary? It’d be fun and would generate positive buzz!
What’s your prediction for the winning bid? 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? 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!