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Prince Charming: It's so... gold.
Abigail: After a time, you'll stop noticing.
Prince Charming and Abigail src

The Golden Castle, also known as King Midas' Castle, is an Enchanted Forest location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It first appears in the twenty-first episode of the third season.

History

Before First Curse

Taking the place of his deceased twin brother, David impresses King Midas after slaying an invading dragon. As a reward, King Midas gives his daughter, Princess Abigail, to him in marriage. Coerced by King George into agreeing to the arrangement, David then sets off with Abigail in a carriage towards King Midas' castle. ("The Shepherd")

Landing in the past Enchanted Forest, Emma and Hook find themselves witnessing the bandit Snow White waiting to ambush the carriage Prince Charming and Abigail are riding in. This encounter, as Emma knows, is the first meeting her parents, Prince Charming and Snow White, will have before they fall in love with each other. Instead, she accidentally alters history by causing them to not meet. To put things back on track, Hook tempts Snow White into sneaking into King Midas' castle and stealing Prince Charming's ring in exchange for enough money to escape from the Evil Queen. Under the aliases Princess Leia and Prince Charles, Emma and Hook enter the castle, while Prince Charming and Abigail's engagement party is underway, to ensure Snow White succeeds. Nearby, Prince Charming asks Abigail to dance with him, but she refuses due to not wearing comfortable shoes. He offers to fetch them, to which she sarcastically calls him her hero before walking away. Displeased, he retreats and disappears from the party. Suddenly, the Evil Queen arrives looking for Snow White, who has just scaled the castle walls and found the ring in Prince Charming's belongings. Unluckily, Prince Charming walks in and attempts to stop her from escaping, but she hits him with a box. Abigail, in search of her future husband, sees the commotion and alerts the guards. Having dropped the ring, Snow White then flees on horseback as Emma prevents a guard from shooting an arrow at the bandit. Vowing revenge, Prince Charming shouts at Snow White that he will find her again. While rushing out of the castle with the ring, Emma is taken into the Evil Queen's custody for helping Snow White escape. ("Snow Drifts")

Trivia

On-Screen Notes

Set Dressing

  • When Princess Abigail and Prince Charming arrive at King Midas' castle, there is a swan swimming in the lake.[1] This is a direct reference to Emma's last name. ("Snow Drifts")

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

References