Soon, the iconic Cinderella’s Castle won’t be the only castle in Magic Kingdom. As part of the Fantasyland Expansion, Disney Imagineers are hard at work on Beast’s Castle, which will sit high atop the “Be Our Guest” Restaurant. The construction of the Beast’s Castle is part of a multi-year expansion of Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. This is by far the largest expansion in the 40 year history of Magic Kingdom.
Now, for those of you who might be concerned that this new castle is going to take away from the luster and appeal of Cinderella’s Castle– don’t fret. Beast’s Castle uses something called forced perspective architecture. This means that it is being created in such away to make the size appear larger than it actually is.
Forced perspective works as sort of an optical illusion, tricking the eye into believing a structure is much larger or taller than it really is. This is done by manipulating the size and scale of a building, based on the perspective it will be viewed from.
The previously mentioned “Be Our Guest” Restaurant will actually serve as a gateway to the interior of the castle. The restaurant and castle will eventually be joined by Gaston’s Tavern, Bonjour! Village Gifts, and Maurice’s Cottage.