Does Disney Need More Security Around Cinderella Castle?

Whether it is the rise of social media or a real increase in Guests behaving poorly, it seems like every week reveals a new incident of a Guest finding their way into restricted areas at Walt Disney World.

Cinderella Castle specifically has had a couple of instances over the past year or so in which Guests have snuck by a restricted area to climb one of the staircases for a photo on the Castle itself.

It seems Cinderella Castle was once again the site of such an incident:


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The Guest in question climbed the stairs on the back of Cinderella Castle facing Fantasyland, which according to her comments, led to her being removed by security. While some commenters on the video were quick to point out that she could be trespassed or banned from the Parks for such behavior, the original poster noted that security only asked her to leave the castle and walked her back out into Fantasyland.

With this being only the latest incident of a Guest making their way onto Cinderella Castle, we have to wonder if more security should be placed by the stairs on the Fantasyland side. While the stairs are blocked with gates and signage, this is not the first instance of a Guest climbing them, so it would not be surprising to see additional Cast Members monitoring the area.

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Earlier this week, another Guest visiting the Magic Kingdom hopped out of the walkway on the exit of Space Mountain in Tomorrowland to pose with one of the scenes. Again this instance prompted commenters to note that she could have been removed from the Park if she were caught, and the instance caused a resurgence in social media posts from fans who fear that this kind of behavior will change how these areas look in the Parks.


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Since many of the details in Walt Disney World are meant to be enjoyed only visually, many fans are concerned that continued instances of Guests sneaking into restricted areas will prompt Disney to put up signs or barriers or remove certain features altogether to prevent this kind of behavior.

While climbing the exterior of Cinderella Castle is not allowed, there are ways to enjoy the Park icon without breaking the rules or posing a safety risk by entering restricted areas. Inside the breezeway between Fantasyland and the hub that leads to Main Street U.S.A., Guests can view a gorgeous handmade mosaic that shares the story of Cinderella. Cinderella Castle is also home to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and Cinderella’s Royal Table (and the Cinderella Castle Suite that is certainly off limits unless a Guest is lucky enough to stay there!)

Since there have been instances where Guests being escorted out of restricted areas have been trespassed from Walt Disney World, we at DisneyTips have to recommend that you avoid entering any areas that are intended to be off-limits to Guests at a Disney Park.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."