If you’ve ever visited a Disney theme park, I’m sure you’ve noticed the gorgeous castle that is the hub of the US Disney parks! Each castle belongs to a different Disney princess. Whose castle is at Disneyland park? Sleeping Beauty! Whose castle is at Magic Kingdom in DisneyWorld? Cinderella!
Sadly, poor Snow White doesn’t have a castle. She does have her own ride at Disneyland and the Seven Dwarfs have a ride at DisneyWorld, so don’t feel too bad for them!
Each of the Disney castles is different and each has some special surprises inside. Let’s take a look at each of the US Disney theme park castles and what makes them special.
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Whose Castle is at Disneyland?
Whose Castle is at Disneyland? The Disneyland castle belongs to Princess Aurora. Sleeping Beauty herself. This fairy tale castle has undergone many changes over the years, but it’s still a Disney classic.
This castle was overseen by Walt Disney himself. Interestingly, when Sleeping Beauty’s castle was being built, the movie Sleeping Beauty had not yet been released. Walt choose to call it Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to promote the upcoming film. That seems like a pretty good reason to me!
Disney fans will also be interested in this little bit of Disney history- the castle at the Disneyland resort is actually backwards. The front of the castle that you see as you’re strolling down Main Street was meant to be the back! When it was in the model phase, Walt flipped it around and said that he liked it better that way. I agree, Walt!
Sleeping Beauty Castle Facts:
- Built in 1955
- Inspired by late-19th century Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria and Chenonceau Castle in France
- Height: 77 ft
- Working Drawbridge
What’s Inside Sleeping Beauty’s Castle?
This enchanted storybook castle right in the center of Disneyland is filled with fun surprises! Inside you will find the Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough. You can take a self guided tour through the upper levels of the grand castle to experience the story of Sleeping Beauty and the evil queen.
If you need a break from long lines or your waiting on a Lightning Lane return time for the Matterhorn ride, take a break and explore the castle. Whether it’s your first time visiting or your 1ooth, it’s always a magical experience. Expect to find some magical interactive features and of course, a happy ending for Sleeping Beauty.
Whose Castle Is At DisneyWorld?
Whose Castle Is At DisneyWorld? The Disney World castle belongs to Cinderella! Cinderella’s castle is the largest Disney Castle in the US. This iconic castle is absolutely gorgeous and if I was going to have my own castle, I’d want it to look like this one.
Cinderella’s castle took 18 months to build. The Walt Disney imagineering team used forced perspective to make the castle appear taller than it actually is.
Cinderella Castle Facts:
- Built in 1971
- Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria
- Height: 189 ft (Any building over 190 feet has to have a red light flashing aircraft beacon on the top, and Disney didn’t want that!)
- Drawbridge does not work
What’s Inside Cinderella’s Castle?
There’s so many wonderful things inside Cinderella’s Castle! You’ll find an exclusive restaurant, a salon run by fairy godmothers and a secret suite for overnight stays! You can also walk through the castle to reach Fantasyland. When you walk through you can enjoy beautiful glass windows with Handcrafted glass mosaics depicting the story of Cinderella. Keep reading to find out more!
Cinderella’s Royal Table restaurant
You can dine inside Cinderella’s castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table! This character dining experience is one of a kind! The food is delicious and the setting is right out of one of your favorite Disney movies! Just don’t lose your glass slipper! Reservations are required and can be hard to get, so snag them early!
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a royal transformation salon where kids can be transformed into Disney princesses and knights by delightful cast members who are fairy godmothers in training. This is a really fun experience! Price varies based on the package you choose. Reservations are recommended!
Cinderella Castle Suite
The Cinderella Castle Suite is an exclusive hotel suite that is as magical as they come! The suite is not open to the public. The only way to stay there is to win a contest or to be invited by Disney. The place is absolutely incredible. There’s even a grandfather clock inside that’s permanently set to 11:59pm. It never moves so that the magic of Disney will never disappear at midnight. You can find pictures and a video tour here.
I hope that helped answer your “Whose Castle is at Disneyland?” question and now you know whose castle you can find at DisneyWorld too! If you need help planning your Disney vacation, I’ve got so much information to help you! You can find my top tips for Disneyland here.