Rare Tinker Bell’s-eye view of Disney World shown in Cinderella Castle crane photos, looking into New Fantasyland and beyond

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Ever wondered what Tinker Bell sees just before she makes her descent from high atop Cinderella Castle during the nightly fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom? It’s certainly a unique vantage point to oversee all of the Walt Disney World theme park and though it’s not a view park guests can normally get, a new set of photos offers an aerial glimpse at what it’s like to hover above the castle in the sky.

Disney occasionally uses large cranes inside the park for maintenance on Cinderella Castle, whether it’s the installation and removal of the annual Christmas time “Dream Lights” or simply for touch-ups on the spires. And during a recent sprucing up, a Cast Member snapped away a set of photographs that have since made their way around the company and were ultimately forwarded to my inbox. So now I’m sharing them with you.

Here’s what it looked like for the unnamed photographer to be standing on a crane, several stories in the air, above Cinderella Castle:

From that vantage point, you can see not only into Tomorrowland all the way to Space Mountain, but even beyond to the shores of Bay Lake and Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

It’s easy to capture all of Cinderella Castle in one shot from Main Street USA, but no guest photo has ever been taken with this unique view of the iconic structure:

But it seems the focus of the photographer’s attention was behind Cinderella Castle, with the remaining photos in the series centered on the ongoing construction of the New Fantasyland expansion, the Magic Kingdom’s biggest ever.

Here’s an overview of the entire construction site:

Closer photos reveal the progress behind construction walls, beginning with Beast’s Castle and the Be Our Guest restaurant:

Here’s the surrounding Beauty and the Beast village:

The Little Mermaid ride and Prince Eric’s castle are taking shape:

The new Dumbo is around a month away from opening in Storybook Circus:

Previous Toontown tents are getting a new look:

And the Storybook Circus train station is a lot more elaborately decorated than the former Toontown version:

It’s not clear if Disney ever intended for these photos to reach the public’s eye or if they were only meant for internal distribution, but either way they certainly do wonders in increasing the excitement for New Fantasyland, which will open its first phase in March, with more to come throughout this year and next.

Though many guests complain about unsightly cranes positioned directly behind Cinderella Castle, “ruining” photos of the landmark, when pictures like these emerge, it seems worth it to block the normally perfect view for a brief while to offer an even more incredible and unique view of the Happiest Place on Earth.


  1. Amanda Haas

    So amazing! This is a great post Ricky! I’m looking so forward to the new Be our guest restaurant because I really enjoy the food of the parks just as much as the rides.

  2. Jeff Lynch

    I think these pictures are nice. The reasons I like them are that they are different and they have good energy. I most like that the pictures show something unique. I think the photographer who took them is talented. Thank you.

  3. Steve Okeefe

    Wow, great pics. thanks for sharing Ricky ! I hope the person that took ’em and shared is still employed.

  4. Duncan

    I have great respect for Tinker Bell when she flys

  5. Eileen

    That is such a unique perspective and I love seeing the shots of the new construction. Thank you for posting!

  6. frostysnowman

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing. They make me even more excited about the Fantasyland expansion.

  7. Jarvis

    Thank you for the pics. Seeing the new attractions take shape is so exciting.

  8. Andre

    My palms were sweating looking at these photos and imagining standing up there. Great shots.


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