Cinderella’s Castle at Disney Will Light Up Blue to Honor Healthcare Workers
As we all know, Disney has had to close its doors, but that doesn't mean the magic has stopped. Cinderella's castle might be the most iconic Disney structure ever... what they did to it yesterday will leave you speechless. Keep scrolling for the emotional tribute...
Disney's iconic castle is set to display the most meaningful message.
Considering the current pandemic, this tribute is going to be an emotional one for sure.
But first, let's take a look at what makes this castle so important...
Cinderella’s castle has served as the focal point of DisneyWorld, Florida, for nearly fifty years. Since it’s completion in July 1971, it has become one of the main attractions of the park’s Magic Kingdom.
In fact, it's impossible to go to Disney World without snapping a pic outside the iconic castle.
The 183-foot spectacle is a truly magical (and Instagrammable) sight. Keep scrolling to see the castle in all its glory…
Sadly, some of the plans for the castle remained unfinished at the time.
Walt Disney passed away 5 years before the park opened its doors, so, while there were plans in motion for a suite for the Disney family and executives to be added to the infamous castle, they were never seen through.
The park has developed massively over the years.
Both Disneyland and Disney World are now home to several acres of land that contain themed areas of the park, including Mickey’s Toon Town, Adventureland, Fantasyland, and many more.
But when it comes to Cinderella's castle...
There’s one thing for certain… surely one of the most iconic aspects of the park deserves some much needed TLC too?
Of course, since the '70s, Cinderella's castle has undergone renovations.
One of the most notable changes came with the addition of the Disney Dream Suite back in 2006.
The suite had always been there inside the castle...
But it was made over to be livable for guests.
The suite was added as part of the park's Year of a Million Dreams
… A promotion which ultimately ran longer than the planned twelve months – concluding in December 31, 2008.
Now, it's been converted into the 21 Royal experience.
And a dining experience in the private suite comes at the upscale price of $15,000 per table!
Unfortunately due to the current global crisis, Disney have had to close its doors.
But that didn’t stop them from sprinkling a little fairy dust to brighten everyone’s spirits.
Disney parks around the world are honoring doctors and nurses for World Health Day.
It is celebrated annually on April 7, paying tribute to healthcare teams working tirelessly to keep us healthy.
It takes on an extra special meaning this year.
Despite being closed to visitors, all Disney’s world-famous theme parks are “uniting across the globe with a message of thanks and appreciation to celebrate the brave healthcare providers who are helping so many,” according to their blog post.
It all kicked off at Shanghai Disney Resort.
The Enchanted Storybook Castle lit up with the words “thank you,” written in different languages across the building.
Walt Disney World was a sight to see.
It lit up the iconic Cinderella castle, glowing bright blue, as a beacon of hope and gratitude to all those risking their lives.
Cast members also showed their heartfelt gratitude.
Some held up signs and waved, while others at the Paradise Gardens Park at Disney’s California Adventure, wrote “thank you” in flower petals.
Shanghai Disneyland has announced something surprising...
They made a statement on their website that they will “partially resume operations on March 9,” opening “a limited number of shopping, dining, and recreational experiences” across the park, including Disneytown (a shopping and dining area), Wishing Star Park (a public park owned by the resort) and Shanghai Disneyland Hotel. Just like Disney’s other parks, the actual theme park itself is not yet reopening. Keep scrolling for more Disney news…
Matthew McConaughey has been well and truly been stepping up during this pandemic crisis.
While millions of us remain in quarantine as a result of the ongoing medical pandemic, the actor has decided to help out those who are less fortunate than himself.
But firstly, let's rewind a few years.
Matthew is best known for being one of Hollywood’s most loved actors and he has graced our screens since the 1990s.
He has made quite a name for himself...
He has starred and co-starred in movies such as How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days (2003), Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), Magic Mike (2012), Dallas Buyers Club (2013), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) which have all demonstrated how he is such a versatile actor.
But alongside his talents on-screen...
Matthew is also known for being a generous and compassionate person.
And his most recent acts have certainly shown that...
We are all more than aware of the global pandemic that we are currently living through.
The virus has now infected more than a million people...
And the death rate is rapidly rising day by day. People are now living in fear and despair, and it’s safe to say that things are getting out of control.
Our elderly residents are by far at the highest risk from the deadly virus.
The virus is considered most dangerous to the elderly and those who suffer from existing health issues – which is a lot of the world’s population.
These people are more likely to suffer from serious, and potentially deadly, health issues as a consequence of the virus.
So it is of the utmost importance that they remain quarantined and away from other people.
Our nursing homes have taken a huge hit during the pandemic...
With many members of staff being unable to come into work, they have been needing all the help they can get.
People have been helping out as best as they can...
And thousands of volunteers have been pitching together to somehow assist their elderly neighbors in any way possible.
And, while most have been helping out in more practical manners...
Others have been focusing more on bringing a simple bit of happiness to the lives of the residents.
Now we introduce Matthew McConaughey's first act of kindness...
The actor wanted to give a little back to the quarantined residents at The Enclave at Round Rock Senior Living facility in his home-town of Texas.
While other celebrities of his status have been filming themselves singing and complaining about being isolated in their mansions...
McConaughey decided to use his voice to spread joy in a slightly different, yet more effective way to the others.
He devised together a plan to lift the spirits of those residing at The Enclave...
And what’s more uplifting than a good, old fashioned game of bingo?
The actor, seen here towards the bottom right corner, decided to host a virtual version of the game...
Where residents who were self-isolating in their rooms could all join in via a giant Zoom video call.
Joined by his mom, wife, and 2 children, McConaughey hosted the virtual game...
Where he enthusiastically called out numbers and declared any potential winners.
"We've got an I-24, an I-24..."
As he clarifies the lucky drawn number, 2 residents suddenly shout out “Bingo!”, in which the actor and his family yell in celebration.
It was the most heartwarming moment.
And the look of joy on the residents’ faces was simply undeniable.
And, once their game had finished, the residents had their own words of thanks for the actor...
They wanted to pay tribute to an important message the actor had given to the world last month.
In March, the actor took to Twitter to offer some very wise words regarding the ongoing pandemic.
He reminded everyone that all red lights eventually turn green, saying: “I just want to say, in these crazy times… Let’s take care of ourselves and each other. Let’s not go to the lowest common denominator and get paranoid. Let’s do our due diligence and take the precautions that we need to, to take care of ourselves and those around us.”
So, as a thank you, the residents decided to hold up their own "green lights."
One of the facility’s workers said: “I wanted to say, from all of us, we want to continue to turn a red light into a green light,” as all the players held up their own green pieces of paper with inspirational messages written on the front.
As they held up their signs, the actor exclaimed loudly...
And sat back in his chair, slowly clapping with a huge smile on his face.
Matthew's kindness has gone such a long way...
And the actor didn’t stop there.
Matthew and his wife, Camila, made a special delivery recently.
The couple has been working closely with Bethenny Frankel‘s disaster relief initiative BStrong to ensure first responders across the United States are getting masks and supplies they need to stay safe throughout this crisis.
They have donated 80,000 face masks to organizations in between Austin and New Orleans.
“Matt and I were able to get approximately 80,000 masks, and it’s a combination of surgical masks and KN95 masks that will be distributed between Austin and New Orleans, where they were getting hit pretty hard as well,” Camila told PEOPLE.
They want to make sure that everyone on the front line is covered...
“It was important for us to make sure that here in Austin, not just the hospitals got them, but also the police department and the fire department as well. In this moment, we’ve got to find ways to help both sides because they’re all on the front line right now and we can’t afford to lose any of them,” she went on to say.
The couple aren't interested in making the most money...
“This is not about raising the hand and saying, ‘Hey, I’ve put this much money in it.’ This is about raising the hand and making people aware that this exists,” Camila explained. “It took me over two weeks to find this cause, so it’s about raising the hand and saying, ‘This exists and guess what? Still time to help.’ And if you can’t help with this, find your own avenue where you can help and feel useful during this time.”
Matthew and Camila went out on Thursday to personally make sure the donated supplies made it to their final destination in Austin, where they live.
Camila posted the video to Instagram, saying: “Our mission is to protect those who protect us, by providing healthcare workers, firefighters, police officers, and others with approximately 80,000 masks needed to battle the virus. Matthew and I, our friends Bill and Tracey Marshall have teamed up with the organization #BStrong. We are passionate about helping first responders from our hometown Austin – Texas, Louisiana and nationwide as we combat this national pandemic. #thisisacrisis.”
It's refreshing to see a couple who truly care about this cause and making a difference to others...
Rather than boasting about the amount of money they have risen and low-key showing off their wealth – which is what a lot of celebrities have been doing in the last few weeks.
For more on the McConaugheys...
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