Castle Secret Passages (Plus Bonus Hidden Princess) Part 1: Frontierland

I seem to be making a habit of very long post titles as of late. I’d file this one under “Things I knew existed but never actually looked closely at,” but my Categories over there —–> are getting a little crowded.

Anyway. The castle holds some secrets within its walls, or just outside of its walls as the case may be, two of which are secret passages to other parts of the park. In this post I’m going to talk about Frontierland. You probably knew that if you read all the way to the end of my very long post title. Also the post title gives away the surprise. Maybe I should be more vague.

So when you’re heading North through the hub and cross the drawbridge, right as you come through the castle, look to your left and see the secret passage to Frontierland.

It's a passageway I never ONCE walked through before I took these pictures. Why? No clue. I'm too cool for secret passageways, I guess.

If you’re thirsty and/or want to see a lovely little statue of Princess Aurora and the Prince who woke her up, there’s a water fountain right there. According to my Standard Research Methodology (3 minutes on Google), the Prince does not have a name. As such, he will henceforth be known as Prince Biff.

Princess Aurora and Prince Biff enjoy a lovely waltz or equally romantic dance

Oh crap, I just utilized my SRM again, and Prince Biff does have an actual name. It’s Prince Philip. What a shame–Prince Biff was so catchy.

Anyway, the passage itself is rather unassuming.

There's a light at the end of the (very short) tunnel!

But the exciting thing is what’s directly on the other side.

It's Princess Aurora sans Prince Biff/Philip

Not only that, there was also

Belle sans Beast or, according to my SRM, Prince Adam

This is very significant.

Why is this significant?

Glad you asked!

Princesses are pretty much the Holy Grail of character meet-and-greet. In fact, back at the Princess Fantasy Faire, people wait in line for well over an hour at times to meet a mere 3 princesses. However, when I stumbled across Aurora and Belle, there were exactly 8 other people there, not counting this guy:

The exact words he was saying into his phone were "Honey, come quickly! It's Belle and...the pink one!" I'm totally not joking here.

Belle and the pink one indeed! Two princesses with virtually no wait for pictures and autographs. SCORE! I believe the variousĀ  princesses frequent these secret passageways quite often, so it’s always a good idea to take a look. In the following picture, the yellow line is the secret passage and the circle is where I saw the princesses (I always feel like that should be princessii).

Aren't you impressed by my skillful use of Microsoft Paint?

Tune in tomorrow for Part 2. I’ll give you 3 guesses where the other secret passage leads. If you said “Tomorrowland,” you’re right.

Sorry to spoil the surprise there. I’ve never been very good at suspense.

14 responses to “Castle Secret Passages (Plus Bonus Hidden Princess) Part 1: Frontierland

  1. Mandy May 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    If that guy would just use your SRM, he’d know the name of the “pink one.” ;)

  2. BruinKristin May 8, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    Did you go into “Sleeping Booty’s” (as Annika calls it) castle? We never knew you could go in until Sleeping Booty at the Princess Fantacy faire told us about it.

    • Shelby May 8, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Haven’t hit the castle yet. I think it’s not stroller-friendly, and I didn’t want to take him out.

    • msjencarlson May 10, 2011 at 9:36 am

      KP – oh yes! You have to go through the castle! The opened it back up several years ago after they redid it (it was closed for a while). It was here last Dec. that a cast member followed Laci and I through the castle, saw what a great time we had in there and personally escorted us to any ride we wanted in Fantasyland through the secret “princess entrance” (back way) to skip the line! We, of course, picked the longest line EVER of Peter Pan, enjoyed the ride and the cast member was waiting for us when we got off with a hug and special “Honorary Citizen” button. Made my day and probably made me a passholder for life. Make my kid smile = happy mommy. Shelby – maybe you can do something on the “Honorary Citizen” button – or any of the buttons. Do they mean anything or what do you have to do to get them?? ;)

  3. susan May 9, 2011 at 12:38 am

    ariel hangs out there sometimes too. I usually see them there around 10am or so. Can’t wait til you do the garden, its on the right side of the castle, in front. Very pretty, often ignored.

  4. Lisa May 9, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Oh this is truly DL insider knowledge! I would do just about anything to avoid having to wait in line for the princess fantasy fair again. There is nothing like waiting for an hour in a non-moving queue, just to have DS refuse to go anywhere near the princesses once we got through. Of course Tiana wasn’t there that time, and I think he’d definitely violate his no princess rule in order to talk to her.

  5. Lyn Miller-Lachmann May 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Of course now that you’ve uncovered Belle’s hiding place, w the cast is going to have to dig a secret bunker under the castle to protect the ochlophobic princess.

  6. Wendy Komori Stager May 9, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    You obviously do not have a girl. You would know all the princesses and the colors of their dresses by now.

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  11. Justin September 16, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Snow White’s prince is the one with no name. I’ve heard he signs autographs as “The Prince.” (no joke!)

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