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6 Interesting Disney Castles


When you think of any of the Disney parks, the first thoughts that come to mind are the food, their signature rides, fun characters, and an overall escape into your imagination.

What really creates a unique atmosphere at any of the Disney theme parks are the Disney castles. From Disneyland Paris to Disneyland in California, the castles each have unique elements that act as the foundation of the Disney park settings. No matter where you are in any of the Disney parks, you can look up and probably see a Disney castle on the horizon.

Typically, the castles act as a key part of the environment. As fireworks light up the sky at night, the castles are lit up and are just as much a part of the show. From Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Beast, each castle has their own unique qualities that set them apart.

Did you know about these Disney castles

Sleeping Beauty Castle, Paris France

The Sleeping Beauty Disney Castle is the highlight of Disneyland Paris. The castle itself creates the park’s signature look. The castle in Disneyland Paris can be found in Fantasyland. However, due to it’s epic size, you can get a glimpse of it from almost anywhere in the park.

As if it was almost plucked out of your imagination, the fairytale Disney castle was developed to resemble the castle from the Sleeping Beauty movie. Constructed on a hill, which is surrounded by a moat. Classic.

The entire ground level is built in real stone, with the upper levels made with bright pink stucco. What makes this Disney castle so unique is that you can climb to the top of it to see an amazing view of Disneyland Paris.

Shanghai Disneyland Castle

The Enchanted Storybook Castle in Shanghai Disneyland is the largest Disney castle in the world. At 60-meters it’s also one of the most realistic looking castles out of all the other Disney castles. What is also special about this castle is that it is meant to represent all the Disney princesses.

The design of the castles was inspired by things you would find in classic renaissance castles. Disney Imagineers also merged Chinese influences into the design by including a golden peony on top of one of the castle towers.

This castle is also quite functional as an attraction too. We recommend taking advantage of the walk-through experience. Which is called, Once Upon a Time. In this experience you will be guided through the tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Also, keep an eye out for the starry night ceiling.

If you just want to get a glimpse of the castle, the best spot is to head to the Alice in Wonderland Maze. Here you’ll find an unobstructed view of the castle. Another option for getting a clear view of this Disney castle is to stay at the hotel next to Shanghai Disneyland.

Cinderella’s Castle in Disney Tokyo

Tokyo Disneyland’s castle is based on Cinderella’s Castle. It used to be an identical replica, but it was repainted in 2005 to differentiate itself from other Disney castles, namely the one located in Magic Kingdom.

The new design wasn’t well-received by many loyal fans because the changes were hardly noticeable.

However, approximately 10 year ago, Cinderella’s Fairytale Hall opened inside the upper level of the castle as a walking attraction for visitors. This experience takes you through Cinderella’s story via various interactive displays and exhibits.

What makes Tokyo Disneyland’s castle so interesting is how guests are able to interact with it.

Cinderella’s Castle in Walt Disney World Florida

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World must include experiencing Cinderella’s Castle. Located in the Magic Kingdom, it is considered one of the most photographed spots inside Disney World.

The castle is a sight to see, at 189-feet high. Complete with spires, turrets, a moat, bridges, and nearby gardens and Cinderella’s wishing well. Interestingly, Cinderella’s Castle was cleverly built using a technique called forced perspective. Which makes visitors think it’s bigger than it really is.

The design of this Disney castle is mostly based on Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. A castle built in the late 1800’s.

Out of all the other Disney casltes, this one is also one of the only Disney castles you can sleep in. However you must be a winner of a giveaway to sleep there. If you aren’t a lucky winner, no worries, you can still eat at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Some consider the food there some of the best in all of Walt Disney World. While eating you can also take in the amazing stained glass windows and muralled walls.

Sleeping Beauty Castle in California

The Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, California, is the first castle Disney ever constructed. It was built in 1955 and is a lovely castle. It is the park’s main feature and is based on a German castle. Using the forced perspective approach, this Disney castle serves as a welcome gate into Fantasyland. Which is where most people go when they visit Disneyland in California.


Disney castles are amazing feats of architecture and engineering. No matter which one you visit, you’re sure to be impressed by the size, detail, and history behind each one. Disney castles are more than just pretty buildings – they’re also a big part of the Disney experience.




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