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July 13, 2012

Location: Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

We all know the story of Cinderella pretty well. After Cinderella's father remarries he passes away leaving her with her evil stepmother and stepsisters. They then put her to work making her be the servant in her own household. When an invitation comes to the house inviting any eligible lady to a ball, Cinderella attends, meets the prince, and the two marry and live happily ever after.

It's a simple, but lovely story, and luckily for us its told not once, not twice, but three times throughout Fantasyland. Today we are going to be focusing on one of those retellings. Just after passing through Cinderella Castle from Main Street, USA you will find the following fountain on your left hand side:

The fountain, named La Fountaine de Cindrillon, is better known as Rags to Riches. As you can see from the picture above we see a very simple Cinderella enjoying time with her animal friends. This portion of the statue shows us the simple side of Cinderella. Even though she has become a servant in her own home she still finds pleasure in the small things in life. This portion of the statue is the rags part.

So where does the Riches portion come in? It's actually not part of the statue at all, but on the painting behind it. As you can see from the picture above a crown is painted upon the wall and if you look at the statue from a certain angle you'll see the following image:

A crown placed upon Cinderella's head making our favorite princess go from Rags to Riches. That's not all though! There is more to this area than actually meets they eye. Let's take a look at the first picture again to notice one small detail that is often overlooked. In the bottom left hand corner is a drinking fountain (or bubbler as we called them in Wisconsin).

The drinking fountain is actually set up very strategically to go along with the storyline of the fountain. You see, in the Disney world children are meant to be at the same level as Disney royalty. At the same time, adults know better and know for a fact that royalty needs to be respected. Because of this when guests approach the water fountain for a drink two things can happen. One; adults will have to bow down to reach the fountain and in the process be bowing down to royalty. Second; children won't be bowing but standing straight up keeping with the idea that they too are royalty.

Not bad for a simple fountain! So where are the other two Cinderella stories featured? Stop by a future Fun Find Friday to find out!

 

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