Pascal is that pesky, sneaky, funny lizard-chameleon who befriends Rapunzel while she’s locked up in an isolated tower. Pascal was first introduced as a Disney character in the animated movie, Tangled, in 2010. I dare say – not many people know this, but there is a hidden Pascal in Disneyland, and I will show you exactly where.
First let’s set the stage. The movie, Tangled, is an updated version of the story of Rapunzel – a folk tale written by the Brothers Grimm and first released in 1812. Without getting into the nitty gritty of the story, a key development, and central to the story, is that Rapunzel is imprisoned in a remote and isolated tower.
Disneyland has built a replica of Rapunzel’s Tower right in the center of the courtyard of Fantasy Faire. (You can find Fantasy Faire just to the left of Sleeping Beauty Castle as you face the castle from Main Street.)
And nearby Rapunzel’s Tower is the hidden Pascal, but he is almost impossible to find.
Start by taking the walkway into Fantasy Faire from the Castle Hub, but do not enter Fantasy Faire. Instead – take the pathway to the right that leads toward the castle.
Here you’ll find a round-ish outcropping (see below).
Look at the rocks directly below the round outcropping to see Pascal’s tail and a couple of his webbed feet. It’s not easy to spot him, but look closely and you just might catch a glimpse.
The Brothers Grimm
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were born in Germany in the late 1700’s. You might be familiar with some of their other stories, which include…
- Hansel and Gretel
- Sleeping Beauty
- The Pied Piper of Hamelin
- Death’s Messenger
- The King of the Golden Mountain
- The Frog Prince
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- The Town Musicians of Bremen