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How Many Castles Does Magic Kingdom Have?

How Many Castles Does Magic Kingdom Have?

You probably already know that Magic Kingdom is home to Cinderella Castle. After all, it’s one of the most recognizable landmarks in all of Walt Disney World. But did you know that it’s not the only castle you’ll find in the Happiest Place On Earth? Take a journey with us to find out where all of the castles in Magic Kingdom are located, including fun tips you can bring with you on your next trip. 

Prince Eric’s Castle

When New Fantasyland opened back in December 2012, the Imagineers added not one but two new castles for guests to enjoy. While we’ll get to the second one later on, fans of the Little Mermaid were overjoyed when they could finally see Prince Eric’s castle up close and personal. 

Prince Eric’s castle is located in Fantasyland and is home to Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, which is an omnimover dark ride which has you board a clam shell and journey under the sea with Ariel. During this journey, you’ll relive Ariel’s journey from under the sea to land, all of which is told from Scuttle’s perspective. On this ride, you’ll get to see Ariel, Prince Eric, King Triton, Sebastian, Flounder and of course the sea witch Ursula, who is over 7 feet tall and 12 feet wide. 

Read more: Disney Rides you Should Never Make a Fastpass For

Fun facts about Prince Eric’s Castle

  • When constructing this ride, Imagineers built the rock formations in such a way that it allows guests to catch a glimpse of a Hidden Mickey that can ONLY be seen on November 18th of each year – aka Mickey Mouse’s birthday! If the sun hits the rock formation in the right angle, a shadow of a Hidden Mickey will be cast on the wall to your left, near the shipwreck. Many people know about this little treat, especially Cast Members, so if it’s available on the day you’re visiting, you won’t miss it. 
  • If you grew up with the defunct 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, you’ll be able to spot a hidden Nautilus in the rock formation in the queue. 
  • There is a small hidden mickey on the right hand side of the ride’s signage 
  • The water that was used in the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea ride was reused in Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • The ride is home to 183 different animatronics
  • The walls in the queue feature artwork that depicts the history of a man’s journey on the sea – how fitting!

The Beast’s Castle

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Like Prince Eric’s castle, the Imagineers brought the Beast’s castle to life when they opened New Fantasyland back in 2012. The Beast’s castle is home to Be Our Guest, an enchanting restaurant that allows you to step inside your favorite scenes from the movie. Be Our Guest is home to three different rooms you can dine in:

  • The West Wing
  • The Grand Ballroom
  • The Castle Gallery

Be Our Guest is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Both lunch and dinner offer a prix fixe, 3-course French-inspired menu. For guests aged 9 and under, they can create their own 3-course prix fixe meal – all of which can end with the famous Grey Stuff that’s so delicious! Don’t believe me? Just ask the dishes!

Dining at Be Our Guest is a little on the pricy side with dinner starting at $62.00 for those 10+ and $37.00 for guests ages 3-9. 

Pro tip: If you plan on eating here, opt for dinner. Not only do you have an opportunity to snag a photo with the Beast as he roams around his castle, but you will be getting more bang for your buck. Breakfast usually consists of pastries, which you can get anywhere in the park for a much cheaper cost. 

Read more: Official Magic Kingdom Grey Stuff Recipe

Fun facts about the Beast’s Castle

  • It uses forced perspective – click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the *true* size of the Beast’s castle
  • In the Grand Ballroom section of Be Our Guest, you’ll be able to see baby photos of the Imagineers who created the Beast’s Castle – just look up at the cherubs on the ceiling!
  • Be Our Guest uses RFID technology to magically bring your food to your table
  • The stone figures leading to Be Our Guest are all named Frank and they make for an excellent photo op for Disney fans

Cinderella Castle

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And now for the most notable castle in all of Magic Kingdom – Cinderella Castle! One of my favorite feelings on a trip to Walt Disney World is the first time I turn the corner onto Main Street U.S.A. and see Cinderella Castle standing tall at the end. This iconic landmark is one of the first things you’ll see as soon as you enter the Magic Kingdom and was inspired by the 1950 film, Cinderella. 

Cinderella Castle is home to Cinderella’s Royal Table – a dining experience fit for royalty! Before sitting down for your meal, guests will enter the Grand Hall to meet Cinderella as she welcomes you to her castle. After meeting her, you’ll be brought to your table which overlooks Fantasyland. Guests will be able to dine with their favorite fairy tale princess including Snow White, Aurora and Ariel in her human form. We have also encountered Princess Jasmine and Belle here on occasion. 

Read more: Best Character Dining at Disney World

Fun facts about Cinderella Castle

  • The castle uses forced perspective to make it look bigger than it really is
  • It is home to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – a beauty salon where guests aged 3-12 can be turned into their favorite princesses and knights with the help of their Fairy-God-Mothers-In-Training
  • You can walk through Cinderella Castle. While you won’t be able to explore rooms, you’ll have the opportunity to get up close with beautiful mosaics that tell the story of Cinderella
  • You’ll be able to see Tinkerbell fly from Cinderella Castle during the Happily Ever After fireworks show
  • You get married in front of Cinderella Castle for a $30,000 ceremony fee 
  • The castle gets “Kissed Goodnight.” Every night, about 30 minutes after the park closes, a recording of Roy Disney’s dedication speed to the Magic Kingdom will play, accompanied by “When You Wish Upon a Star.” After this ends, Cinderella Castle will go dark.
  • There is a secret, super luxurious suite located inside the castle

Read more: How to Stay in Cinderella’s Castle Suite

Pro tip: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Honorable Mention: Rapunzel’s Tower

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Going back to Fantasyland and next door to it’s a small world, you’ll find an area dedicated to the movie Tangled. Because this area is mostly known to be a bathroom area and place to store wheelchairs and strollers, many guests overlook this location and actually miss one of the most magical things about it — Rapunzel’s Tower and the Village of Corona. 

Fun facts about Rapunzel’s Tower

  • If you look down on the ground near the restroom, you’ll notice hoof prints from Maximus
  • There are hanging lanterns, which glow at night – this is even home to a mostly unknown photo op opportunity
  • You’ll be able to find both Rapunzel’s frying pan and Flynn Rider’s satchel on top of the entrance to the men’s bathroom
  • There’s a hidden Pascal game where you have to locate the little green lizard in the flowers and greenery throughout the village
  • It has one of the nicest — and cleanest — bathrooms in all of Magic Kingdom and are incredibly detailed

Read more: Hunting for Hidden Pascals at Magic Kingdom

Can you meet Rapunzel near her tower?

Unfortunately, no, but don’t worry! There are two places in Magic Kingdom where you can find her: in the Festival of Fantasy parade and at Princess Fairy Tale Hall. 

Read more: The Best Places to Meet Princesses at Disney World

Honorable Mention: The Haunted Mansion

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I know what you’re thinking, the Haunted Mansion isn’t a castle and you’re right – technically – but it’s a large, sprawling estate and like the other castles mentioned on this list, we think it deserves its spot in the sun. 

The Haunted Mansion is a an omnimover dark ride that takes guests through the old, decrepit Gracey Manor. As soon as you enter, you’ll board your very own doom buggy before journeying deep inside the creepy rooms of Gracey Manor, greeting grim grimming ghosts as they start to materialize before your very eyes.

Fun facts about the Haunted Mansion

  • If the wait time for this attraction is 13 minutes, it means you can just walk on
  • In the stretching room, you will remain on the ground level as the ceiling rises up
  • The original concept for the Haunted Mansion was for it to be a walk-through museum 
  • The hitching ghosts have names: Ezra, Gus and Phineas
  • There is photo op at the end of the ride when a ghost boards your doom buggy – so be sure to smile!
  • There is a theory that you become the 1,000th happy haunt on the ride. As the theory goes, Constance Hatchaway throws you out of the attic, which is why your doom buggy turns around to face the house as you descend into the graveyard. Pretty creepy, right?

Read more: Haunted Mansion Tips and Secrets

Is the Haunted Mansion scary?

It can be, yes. While there is no gore you’ll find on the ride, it does contain some dark and frightening scenes, particularly in the attic when guests meet Constance Hatchaway and in the room with Madame Leota. If your child isn’t a big fan of the dark or anything spooky, it’s best to avoid this ride until they feel comfortable. 

Pro tip: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the stretching room in the Haunted Mansion is temporarily closed in an effort to adhere to social distancing measures. 

So there you have it, all of the castles in Magic Kingdom you have to see! Which one is your favorite? Be sure to let us know down in the comments.

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