The Trick to Pulling Out the Sword in the Stone at Disney

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The Sword in the Stone at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom holds a special place in the hearts of Disney fans because the film was the last full-length animated film to be released during Walt Disney’s lifetime. There’s an actual Sword in the Stone at both Disney World in Florida and at Disneyland in California.

Most people who attempt to remove the Sword in the Stone at Disney will find that it does not budge. Occasionally, a guest will pull on the hilt and lift the sword. Some speculate that cast members monitor the sword and choose guests at random who can pull it out. It’s also possible that Disney uses Magic Band technology to allow some guests to pull the sword.

Three Youngsters Attempt to Dislodge the Sword from the Stone
These three youngsters make a valiant attempt to dislodge the sword from the stone (photo by Kirby Russell/

Is there a trick to the Sword in the Stone at Disney?

At various times throughout the day, Royal Majesty Makers appear for a special ceremony. These cast members announce that they are seeking young volunteers with the courage and inner strength sufficient to withdraw the blade from the buffed anvil. Before eyewitnesses, the chosen youngster approaches the sword and pulls on the hilt. He or she becomes the hero of Fantasyland as the sword rises out of the anvil. The sword generally doesn’t come completely out. It just rises about ten inches.

But sometimes seemingly at random, other guests can pull the sword from the stone. Rumors have circulated over the years that there is a button or switch that triggers the release of the sword. There have also been rumors related to Magic Band’s involvement. It’s conceivable that Disney could use the Magic Band technology to randomly allow certain guests to remove the sword.

My guess is that Disney has behind-the-scenes cast members monitoring Excalibur. This person may have the capability to remotely release the sword. YouTube is full of videos of guests attempting to remove the sword. Sometimes they are successful, but more often they are not. Sometimes one particular member of a group can withdraw the sword multiple times, despite their friends trying unsuccessfully in between attempts. The process makes for some magical moments for guests and onlookers.

The Sword in the Stone with the Prince Charming Regal Carousel in the Background
The Sword in the Stone at Disney World is near the Prince Charming Regal Carousel in Fantasyland (photo by James Overholt/

Where is the Sword in the Stone at Disney?

At Walt Disney World in Florida, guests can find the sword in the Magic Kingdom. It’s located in Fantasyland between Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel and Cinderella’s Castle. At Disneyland in California, the sword is located in Fantasyland in front of King Arthur Carrousel. It’s been driven into a bronze anvil mounted on a rough stone plinth. The plinth also has a plaque that reads a royal proclamation: “Whoso pulleth out this sword of this stone and anvil is rightwise ruler born of England.”

A Guest Attempts to Remove the Sword From the Stone
Adults also appreciate photo-ops with the sword (photo by James Overholt/

What is the origin of ‘The Sword in the Stone’

The film is based on T.H. White’s novel and features music written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. It is the tale of an orphan boy named Arthur, known as Wart. Wart is a lanky, awkward boy who dutifully helps his older foster brother Kay train to become a knight. While in the forest hunting deer, Wart accidentally causes Kay to lose a wild arrow. Kay threatens him, and Wart volunteers to make it right by finding the arrow. Despite his fear, he ventures deeper into the dark and gloomy woods to retrieve it.

There he happens upon an old cabin occupied by Merlin and his owl companion, Archimedes. The white-bearded wizard is convinced that Wart is destined for greatness. As a result, he prepares Wart to become a good and noble ruler. He is later proven right when Wart and Kay travel with their foster father to London for a jousting competition. Wart unceremoniously removes Excalibur from the bronze anvil when Kay needs another sword for his tourney event.

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Kirby Russell

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7 thoughts on “The Trick to Pulling Out the Sword in the Stone at Disney”

  1. Hey, I’m Kennedy and is March a good time to go to Disney world? I have always wanted to try to pull the sword in the stone. Also, does there have to be a ceremony? I thought it was just for fun! 😱😱😱😱

    • My son just tried to pull the sword at Magic Kingdom Orlando. I suggested he try pulling the handle instead of the hilt in case a cast member was as watching. He didn’t get it. But the woman after us did!! She said she made sure her “It’s My Birthday” pin was visible in case that helped.

  2. My 8-year-old grandson successfully pulled the sword from the stone at Disney World twice in one day. His older brother, for whom the sword did not budge, was aghast. 😁

  3. My 5 year old daughter Lena pulled the sword from the stone 3 times today at the Magic Kingdom Florida. It was so amazing! Everyone was going crazy . She was flexing and kissing her muscles after it was a memory we will all never forget.

  4. My daughter just pulled the sword on Monday while we were at magic kingdom. She s 7. It was her life dream. She was crying She was so so happy.


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