The recently released #71040 LEGO Disney Castle is big, very big. According to the official description, it is 29” (74cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide, and 12” (31cm) deep, so we are talking about a foot-and-a-half wide, and almost three feet tall display model. That’s huge! And while it is fairly easy to find some space to display a smaller set, for something this large, you do need to plan where you are going to put it. So let’s talk about this. 🙂
I don’t know if this was done by design, but the LEGO Disney Castle is 38 studs (or one foot) deep, which is the exact width of most shelving units. This definitely makes placing the castle somewhere a bit easier. And if you have an adjustable shelf system you can even accommodate the height of the castle, or just place it on top of the shelves. The width of the foundation is 60 studs from edge to edge, which is actually almost 19 inches (instead of the 17 mentioned in the official description).
The LEGO Disney Castle has a gorgeous frontal view, but the back is basically cut off, so the set will look best flat against a wall. However the back is where all the play-features and neat details are, and they would be very difficult to access if the castle is placed against the wall. So how to accommodate showcasing the front of the LEGO Disney Castle, while also having access to the back?
One solution is to use a turntable that will allow you to easily turn the castle around, even when placed against a wall. Turntables can range anywhere from a simple Lazy Susan to various swiveling TV stands, and professional turntables made for photographers. If you are handy with tools and know a bit about woodworking, you can make your own turntable, or you could just purchase a ready-made one. Below I will show you some options that you might like.
➡ LAZY SUSAN DISPLAY-STANDS FOR LEGO DISNEY CASTLE: A Lazy Susan is the simplest and most inexpensive stand that can turn. They are basically a rotating tray – usually made of wood, glass or plastic – that can be turned around manually. Smaller ones are used on tables and countertops to hold condiments and spices, and large ones are common in some restaurants to share dishes amongst people around a table. And they can also work great for displaying LEGO models. Keep in mind that for the LEGO Disney Castle you will need a sturdy Lazy Susan. It will need to be at least 19 inches wide, and should be able to support 13 pounds. Here are some examples on Amazon: LAZY SUSAN TURNTABLES ON AMAZON
➡ SWIVEL TV STANDS FOR LEGO DISNEY CASTLE: Swiveling TV stands are another great option, and they are surprisingly cheap. They are made to hold heavier weight, and their footprint is just right for the LEGO Disney Castle. Some are shaped like a half-circle (perfect for the LEGO Disney Castle in my opinion), and others are round. They are usually made of durable black plastic, so not as pretty as a Lazy Susan, but you can always put some kind of cover over it if you don’t like the black. With TV stands you don’t have to worry about the weight of the LEGO Disney Castle, but remember that you will need an at least a 19 inch by 12 inch surface. Here are some examples on Amazon: ROTATING TV STANDS ON AMAZON
➡ PHOTOGRAPHY TURNTABLES FOR LEGO DISNEY CASTE: This is the most sophisticated option for displaying the LEGO Disney Castle. Photography turntables are round, very slick looking, with a white or black finish. They are specifically meant to showcase products, so they are subdued and elegant. Many of them are electric, so they can be set to turn on their own. They can carry quite a bit of weight, but there is a wide range of products they are marketed for, so you should definitely check their capacity listed in the product description. While you can get a very nice Lazy Susan or TV stand for $20-$50, expect to pay $100 and up for larger good quality photography turntables. Here are some examples on Amazon: PHOTOGRAPHY TURNTABLES ON AMAZON
The LEGO Disney Castle is such a gorgeous set, it can definitely be the highlight of any room or even office space. And such a pretty set deserves a pretty display. The size of the castle accommodates that it can be placed on most standard size shelves, but if you would like access to the back as well, a turntable can be a great solution. I hope they examples above gave you some good ideas that you might try. And if you don’t have the LEGO Disney Castle already, you can find it at the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? Do you have the LEGO Disney Castle already? Have you built it? How are you displaying it? And how do you like the idea of using a turntable to showcase its beauty? Feel free to share your thought and own ideas in the comment section below! 😉
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OMG! You have read my mind! I was just looking for a lazy susan type contraption online yesterday! I’ve been figuring what would be the best way to display the castle. I knew I wanted to showcase the back as well. So thank you, thank you, thank you for providing these excellent options for us.
Dianne, glad the article helped. Hope you find a perfect stand for your castle! 😀
Thank you for this article!! The only place we currently have to display this magnificent set is on a cabinet top in our dining room. A round lazy susan would stick out the front and get bumped (imagine seeing this crash to the floor) so I was thinking I would have to make my own irregular shaped one – I had no idea those tv stands existed – I will now look for one of those!
This one looks pretty good. It’s at Amazon but available to Australians through ebay. I will look in our shops first though: https://www.amazon.com/Prosumers-Choice-Natural-Bamboo-Surface/dp/B01K0RJSPA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2KH23XRZK8YES1BDBQKV&ref_=pd_aw_sim_sbs_23_3&linkCode=sl1&tag=thebriblo-20&linkId=87d55f143af9103cc40f7ad3aff07817
Yes, that’s a nice one! 🙂
Alison, yeah, those TV stands are a nice option. And they are very sturdy too! 🙂
Did you glue the castle base to the lazy Susan??
Melissa, if the platform is large and sturdy enough, there is no reason to glue anything. 😉
The rotating platforms are a GREAT solution. Thanks so much. Now I’d like a glass or acrylic dome for it, as well. Any ideas, anyone? Much appreciated!
Hm… a dome! That would be awesome! I don’t think I have ever seen anything like that though. Rectangular glass or Plexi glass is more common.
Santa just brought this for my 7 year old. I think he’ll likely need some help with this (even though he does the architecture sets alone–this is beyond anything he’s ever done). Should he build it on the swivel surface, once I get one?
Awww… your kiddo must have been really good this year! A swivel surface is definitely nice for this set, but it is not required. And you can always just transfer it over later. Have fun with this awesome set! 🙂
Thank you so much for the t.v. stand ide i received this set for christmas from my sons ages 8-24 whom i have bought a lifetime of leggos for. They thought it was time i had a set of my own!! What do you suggest i put the t.v. stand on top of?
Laura, I’m glad you found the article helpful. TV stands are normally put on top of low cabinets like a nightstand or low dresser. It really depends on what height you would like to have the castle. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, it just has to be sturdy, so it doesn’t tip over. You could even build your own! 🙂