Although some are reproductions of the original Disneyland and Disney World castles, each worldwide castle has its own distinct features that make it worthwhile to see. Since the day the Anaheim park debuted in 1955, the original Disney castle has stood at the center of Disneyland. It was built using hand-hewn lumber and finished with more than 7,000 pieces of glass. The castle cost $1 million ($10 million in today's dollars) at the time it opened. Although it wasn't the first wooden structure in California (that honor goes to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello), it is regarded as one of the first modern American castles. The fact that it still stands after 55 years is proof of its durability.
The second Disney castle was built for Walt Disney's private home near Lake Tahoe. It was designed by John Hench and completed in 1977. This replica of the original fairy tale castle was meant to be used as a setting for themed parties but it was never actually rented out. It sits on five acres of land and costs over $3 million to build. The third Disney castle is located in Japan and is called Marceline. It opened in 1982 and is based on Mickey Mouse's hometown in Minnesota. This castle costs $20 million to build and takes about two years to complete. There are also two other Disney castles under construction right now: One will be in Florida and the other in Paris.
Anaheim Disneyland Since the day the Anaheim park debuted in 1955, the original Disney castle has stood at the center of Disneyland. The red-orange sandstone structure was designed by William Van Alen with inspiration from French châteaux and Italian palazzi. The castle features a large courtyard with four towers: one at each corner and one in the middle. The central tower is larger than the other three and contains several rooms including a dining room, lounge, and guard station.
After years of service as the home of the Disney characters, the original castle was replaced in 2004 by a replica based on Walt's original drawings. The new castle features more modern design elements including gray stone instead of red-orange, which is used for the character houses around the park.
The castle remains an iconic part of Disneyland and it's popular merchandise. It also appears in many Disney movies including Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, and Tarzan. In addition to its role at Disneyland, fans can visit the original Disney castle site near Los Angeles where parts of the movie were filmed.
Disclaimer: Information about opening dates may not be accurate. We cannot verify the exact date that the original Disney castle opened in Anaheim.
Each of the five Disneyland parks has its own castle.
The Magic Kingdom's castle is the most popular attraction in the park. It is a reproduction of King Arthur's Court and features several attractions inside including a ride based on Walt Disney's classic film, Beauty and the Beast. The New York City castle in New York City is an exact replica of the original located in Central Park. The Tokyo castle is also based on the original located in Ueno Park and features several attractions including a roller coaster. The Paris castle is located in Disneyland Paris near Marne-la-Vallée and features rides and shows inspired by French culture.
Yes, all of the Disney theme parks have spectacular nightly fireworks displays. The Magic Kingdom's nightly show is called "Wishes," and it is one of the most popular attractions in the park. The other four parks' nightspots are named after their respective cities (Tokyo, Paris, New York, and Hong Kong). Each display is unique and features songs, special effects, and video clips selected by the creative team behind the scenes.
The Various Castles Surrounding Disneyland Theme Parks 1 Disneyland in Anaheim Since the day the Anaheim park debuted in 1955, the original Disney castle has stood at the center of Disneyland. Tokyo Disneyland is officially ranked second. Disneyland3 in Shanghai Disneyland in Hong Kong. Disneyland Paris is ranked fifth. The Disneyland Hotel stands near Disneyland Park (see picture below).
Disneyland features eight unique kingdoms including Fantasy Land, Adventure Land, Frontier Land, Tomb Raider Land, Marine Land, Critter Country, and New York City Streets. Each kingdom includes its own castle-like structure that serves as a hub for rides, shows, and merchandise. The eight kingdoms of Disneyland are surrounded by five different types of castles: King Arthur's Court, Sleeping Beauty's Castle, Peter Pan's Flight, Tom Sawyer Island, and New York City. The Disneyland theme parks share a central hub called Town Square which includes a clock tower, restaurant, theater, and more.
Each castle has its own unique history and design based on Walt Disney's imagination.