Castle Secret Passages Part 2: Tomorrowland

Yesterday I introduced you to Castle Secret Passages Part 1: Frontierland, with two bonus princesses (Belle and the pink one) thrown in. Today, I’m going to talk about the other secret passage.

This one is on the right as you walk through the drawbridge, and goes to Tomorrowland.

Portrait of a smart woman taking a shortcut

Compared to the secret passage to Frontierland, the passage itself is a little more interesting and also more of a straight shot to Tomorrowland. By interesting I mean a little more windy.

Doesn't this look like it's going somewhere interesting?

The nice thing is that you pass the very charming Snow White’s grotto and wishing well.

Oh look! There it is!

The first thing you’ll notice about Snow White’s wishing well is her dulcet tones ringing through the air. Unless the first thing you notice is the fact that there’s a wishing well at all. This is one of the most hidden charms in the park.

One of two wishing wells in the park. Anyone know where the other is? I do.

Apparently they clean out all of the coins and send them to some charity or something. The sign was non-specific.

Also in the grotto are all seven dwarves.

Dwarves in their natural environment--water.

It has been at least 20 years, maybe a good 30, since I saw Snow White. As the original Disney animated feature, I’m a little nervous to see it again. Oh, and am I the only one who remembers this–way back in the day before VCRs, Disney used to release the classics in the actual movie theaters periodically? So if you wanted to see Cinderella, you just waited a certain number of years and then you could go see it in the theater. In some ways I long for that simplicity. Then I turn on my DVR and watch 6 episodes of the same show commercial-free.

In a rather sickeningly sweet touch, the bridge leading to the grotto is festooned with hearts.

The word "treacly" comes to mind

And although I did not catch any this visit, I have also seen princesses hiding on this side too. Here’s your obligatory map. Circle denotes princess area.

You're welcome.

23 responses to “Castle Secret Passages Part 2: Tomorrowland

  1. mackenzimeetsengland May 10, 2011 at 3:56 am

    I have definitely walked down this before without realising it led to tomorrowland. I hit the snow white grotto, thought “well, that’s cool,” and then turned around and went back to fantasyland. awesome.

    • Shelby May 10, 2011 at 10:31 pm

      Yeah, I had approached Snow White’s grotto from the Tomorrowland side (it actually splits the difference between Fantasyland and Tomorrowland) and then never went further because I thought it was a dead end–LOL.

  2. msjencarlson May 10, 2011 at 9:33 am

    We caught Peter Pan and “the pink one” here on our passage through here. Good tip! I’m going to have to try the other side now!

    • Shelby May 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      I had no idea they were there, but I think they do pop in there frequently! Definitely a great place to look. And I really want to catch up with Peter Pan! It seems like he’s not out as much as the others are.

      • Justin September 16, 2011 at 9:41 am

        I saw Peter Pan by the hub once with some teenage girls. One of them would give him an autograph book and as he was signing he’d hear something and run off! They all chased him around, it was quite a sight!

  3. Kelli the trouble maker May 10, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    and on the hour, the fountain lights up and sings Snow White’s song “I’m Wishing”……it is also the spot we have run into Snow White herself, taking adorable photos with Princess Katie…good times, good times

  4. Bill May 10, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    So where’s the other wishing well?

  5. Kat S. May 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I seriously love this wishing well! I like how you can hear Snow White’s singing “echo” in the well.

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  7. Chad May 28, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Awesome! Wrote about this passage myself recently. One of our favorite ways to move from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland 🙂

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  13. CJ February 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    What year do you guys live in?

  14. CJ February 21, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Because on my map that place doesn’t exist

    • Shelby February 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

      The castle passages posts were posted in May 2011. Disneyland is constantly changing, and the passage from the castle to Frontierland is now closed for construction of the new Princess Fantasy Faire (I blogged in August 2012 that the passage to Frontierland via Carnation Plaza was closed at that time, and in September 2012 I posted a picture of the concept art of the new Princess Fantasy Faire). The castle passage in this post is still there and open. Try looking on your map or asking about Snow White Grotto. There’s a fun fact about forced perspective there :).

      Because the Disneyland Resort is always changing, some of my older entries are now outdated–for example, the secret passage to Frontierland, the old Princess Fantasy Faire, the old Carnation Plaza garden and stage, the Blue Ribbon Bakery (now the expanded Carnation Cafe and Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor), and the annual passholder processing center/Plaza Pavilion (now the Jolly Holiday Bakery). Two great places to keep up with the most recent news from the parks are Micechat.com and DISboards.com, and the Disney Parks Blog itself. Hope that helps! 🙂

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