After Elsa injured Anna with her powers, King Agnarr decided that the castle gates were to be closed and that the staff were to be reduced in order to keep Elsa's magic hidden from everyone. The castle remained isolated from the rest of the kingdom for thirteen years; however, three years after King Agnarr and Queen Iduna perished at sea, the castle was opened up for one day to accommodate Elsa's coronation. Though Elsa intended to return the castle to its isolated state, her order went unfulfilled after she fled the kingdom and plunged it into winter.
During Elsa's winter, Hans had the castle opened so that the citizens of Arendelle could obtain food and shelter. As weather conditions worsened, ice began to permeate the castle, blocking some of its hallways. But ultimately, Elsa attained control over her powers and reversed the effects of her winter upon the castle; she decided to keep the castle gates open thereafter. Following summer's return, the castle was adorned with icy features, including decorative pillars and a snowflake on the spire.
The castle is located between an inlet of the sea and a series of cliffs. Beyond its borders, connected by a bridge, is the village where Arendelle's citizens reside. Access to the castle is provided by two sets of gates that are opened and closed by the royal guards.
The castle consists of multiple structures enclosed by walls, and each wall has towers spaced along its length. The wall and towers at the front of the castle are decorated with a series of crests, including Arendelle's official crest. Navigation throughout the castle is provided through at least two sets of staircases, one of which is a spiral staircase.
The audience chamber is where the reigning monarch meets with the citizens to hear and help solve their problems.
- Main article: Castle bedrooms
Prior to their deaths, Agnarr and Iduna had a shared bedroom. For the first few years of their lives, Elsa and Anna also had a shared bedroom; however, following the accident with her powers, Elsa was moved to a separate living space.
- Main article: Chapel
The chapel is where the coronations of prospective monarchs take place. While the majority of the castle's features are housed within one large structure, the chapel is a separate building.
The council chamber contains a long table with a series of chairs and is reserved for meetings. Hans met with the Duke of Weselton and dignitaries in the council chamber to deliver news of Anna's death in order to secure control over Arendelle for himself.
- Main article: Courtyard
Immediately past the gates is a vast courtyard. It is a mostly open space aside from two fountains designed around a crocus motif. The courtyard is where Elsa's powers were exposed to the kingdom's citizens. Later, the courtyard was transformed into an ice rink through Elsa's magic. It also played host to Anna's nineteenth birthday.
- Main article: Dungeon
The dungeon is a holding area for prisoners. It is where Elsa was held captive after being brought from the North Mountain; however, the dungeon suffered damage when Elsa escaped from it.
- Main article: Great Hall
The Great Hall is a large room that doubles as a throne room and a ballroom. It is where Elsa hurt Anna with her magic and revealed her powers after striving to conceal them for thirteen years.
- Main article: Library
The library is a space containing books, including one about the trolls. It has a painting of Agnarr's coronation, to which Elsa looked to calm her nerves prior to her own coronation.
LighthousesThere are two lighthouses that stand on both sides of an entryway to Arendelle via sea. Both lighthouses are connected to the castle by walls.
- Main article: Portrait room
Within the castle walls is a network of passageways that can be accessed through hidden entrances throughout the castle grounds. Though their full extent is not known, the passages are used for storage and contain full-functioning rooms in between corridors.
- The castle was originally meant to only incorporate certain motifs from stave churches, but John Lasseter encouraged artists to "go all the way" and holistically celebrate their unique qualities.
- ↑ All Hail the Queen, page 77 (E-book version).
- ↑ Lee, Jennifer (September 23, 2013). "Frozen Final Shooting Draft", page 97.
- ↑ Lee, Jennifer (September 23, 2013). "Frozen Final Shooting Draft", page 20.
- ↑ Lee, Jennifer (September 23, 2013). "Frozen Final Shooting Draft", page 15.
- ↑ Frozen: Stories from Arendelle, page 17.
- ↑ Frozen: Stories from Arendelle, page 116.
- ↑ The Art of Frozen, page 42.