Castle McDuck

Castle McDuck (alternatively called McDuck Castle) was the seat of the Clan McDuck and the residence of the McDuck Family which was built sometime before 946 as a fortress for the Clan McDuck. It first appeared in the Carl Barks comic story “The Old Castle’s Secret“. It is located in Dismal Downs, which is located in the Rannoch Moor of Scotland.

 

Background

Long ago, the castle was in excellent condition when Clan McDuck was still strong. However, as revealed in the comic “The Hound of the Whiskervilles”, the McDuck’s rival clan, the Whiskervilles drove them off the castle using a “Hound” that was actually simply a disguise worn by a Whiskerville. After the McDucks were scared off, the castle was slowly abandoned and forgotten during the fall, leading it to dissolve in ruin. The great clan lost power, leading up to the birth of Scrooge McDuck, the last of the Clan.

 

Layout

Outside

  • The small moat at the left and right side of the castle
  • Castle cemetery at the left and right side of the main path where most of the McDucks were buried.
  • Fake grave of Sir Swamphole McDuck, with an emergency secret passage leading into the sealed Dungeon and the castle.
  • A path leading to a gateway with a large wooden gate that leads into the interior of the castle, the Ground Floor.

Dungeon

  • Multiple rooms and cells for prisoners
  • A locked cell with Sir Quackly’s treasure
  • Door disguised as a pillar with Sir Quackly’s armor
  • A sealed door that once led to the Ground Floor

Ground Floor

  • Hallway leading up to the Great Hall with various mannequins and armor stands on the sides.
  • Great Hall with dining tables

Top Floor

  • Private Lounge with a furnace, a chair, a table, and a window at the left side
  • Meeting room, accessible through Private Lounge
  • Four turrets

 

Appearances

DuckTales

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In the DuckTales continuity, the history of the castle and the clan is greatly altered. The show first peeks into Castle McDuck in the episode “The Curse of Castle McDuck“. The castle was built by Sir Silas McDuck, but to avoid higher prices, he built it around an ancient Druid stone circle. This attracted the wrath of the druids, and during the grand opening of the castle, the Hound appeared, the murderous dog of the Druids. The McDucks were driven out and lived in a fear of the Hound.

DuckTales (2017)

Castle McDuck

Castle McDuck appears in the episode “The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck!“. Its portrayal is more faithful to the comics, being the ancestral home of Scrooge and the resting place of all of the McDucks. Additionally, it houses the spirits of deceased McDucks, who are proven to be protective of their living kin when they appear to protect Huey, Dewey, and Louie from danger. Scrooge bought it back sometime after acquiring enough gold, but because he rebuilt the castle from discount Druid stones, his parents were cursed with immortality and remained inside the castle.

The Money Bin

The Money Bin is a large storage building where Scrooge McDuckhouses his three cubic acres of cash. Scrooge has a great affection for his money, and his favorite hobby is to dive and swim around in the money in his bin. The building and the surrounding lot are full of booby traps, burglar alarms and other contraptions to fight off Scrooge’s countless uninvited guests, like panhandlers, beggars, door-to-door salesmen and, most importantly, crooks who try to break into the Bin (most often the Beagle Boys). It was originally featured in the Uncle Scrooge comic book stories created by Carl Barks. It has also been featured in many of Scrooge’s animated appearances, such as Scrooge McDuck and MoneySport Goofy in Soccermania and DuckTales.

Location

On top of Killmotor Hill in Duckburg

Owners

 

Employees

 

Appearance

Feature films

 

Television programs

 

Background

As shown in Don Rosa‘s 1994 comic The Invader of Fort Duckburg, the Money Bin was built shortly after Scrooge moved to Duckburg. In the DuckTales episode “Once Upon a Dime“, Scrooge reveals that he built the bin because he had entered the diamond market and could no longer sleep at night because all the money he was storing under his mattress raised his bed too close to the ceiling, necessitating a more suitable storage facility for his money. Scrooge’s favorite pastime is to dive off a springboard into his money and swim through it.

The traditional location of the Money Bin is on top of Killmotor Hill. The money bin sits atop Futterman’s Fault, a fault line which would prove catastrophic in the event of an earthquake. In the 2017 reboot series, the bin was moved to a secluded island located off the coast of Duckburg. It also features a boardroom where Scrooge meets with his executives and two basements floors. The first known as the McDuck Archive and the second is Gyro Gearloose‘s underwater lab.

 

Design

Dan Shane’s floor plans

The 2001 story “The Beagle Boys vs. the Money Bin” contains two pages with detailed plans for the Money Bin. These drawings were done by Dan Shane.

Basement

Plans of The Money Bin 1

  • A large room, with doors leading to all the other rooms on this floor
    • Employee Coal Donation Bin
    • Existing Well
    • Furnace
    • Stairs going up to the Ground Floor
  • Generator Room
    • Main Generator
    • Backup Generator
    • Redundant Backup Generator
    • Backup Redundant Backup Generator
  • Pump Room
    • Skunk Oil Vat Room (see Fall-Away Floor in the Ground Floor) (this room is located behind a locked door)
    • Storage and Intruder Trap Workshop

Ground floor, with various traps  Plans of The Money Bin 2

  • A welcome mat at the entrance (which is ironic, considering the number of traps on this floor)
  • Carpet tacks
  • Bear traps
  • Cannon
  • Electrified flooring
  • Free-range spiders and snakes
  • Acid pool
  • Mines
  • Fall-Away Floor, which causes “guests” to fall on the Skunk Oil Vat Room in the Basement
  • Chute Exit and Ash Can (see Trap Door in the Eleventh Floor)
  • Guard post, between the employee stairs, the private elevator and a locked gate which is the only access to the rest of the floor
  • Employee stairs, leading up and down
  • Private elevator

Second Floor — Bullion Bins

  • A corridor, leading to all rooms on this floor
  • A room with gold bars
  • A room with silver bars
  • A room with platinum bars
  • A segment of the Intruder Ejection Chute (see Trap Door in the Eleventh Floor)
  • Guard post, in the same place as in the Ground Floor
  • Note: This floor is inaccessible through the employee stairs because they are walled
  • Private elevator

Third Floor — Precious Gems Cribs

  • A corridor, leading to all rooms
  • Fifteen rooms, each with one type of gem: Rubies, Sapphires, Star Sapphires, Jade, Turquoise, Fire Opals, Black Opals, Amber, Topaz, Emeralds, Pearls, Black Pearls, Diamonds (Big), Diamonds (Bigger) and Diamonds (Really Huge)
  • A segment of the Intruder Ejection Chute (see Trap Door in the Eleventh Floor)
  • Guard post, in the same place as in the Ground Floor
  • Note: This floor is inaccessible through the employee stairs because they are walled
  • Private elevator

Fourth Floor — Important Documents

  • A corridor, leading to all rooms on this floor
    • The corridor contains a larger segment with file clerks
  • A room with slightly used carbon paper
  • A room with half used pencils
  • A room with contracts
  • A room with stocks and bonds
  • A room with deeds
  • Two toilets
  • A segment of the Intruder Ejection Chute (see Trap Door in the Eleventh Floor)
  • Employee stairs, leading up and down
  • Note: This floor is not accessible through the elevator, because the elevator is walled

Fifth Floor — Communications

  • A corridor, leading to all rooms on this floor
  • Mail Room
    • Non-Canceled Stamps Reclamation Bin
    • Erased-Address Envelope Reclamation Bin
    • Eraser Dust Reclamation Bin
  • A room with the Switchboard
  • Wireless Room
  • A room with the Mailbag Carrier Recovery Station
  • Two toilets
  • A segment of the Intruder Ejection Chute (see Trap Door in the Eleventh Floor)
  • Employee stairs, leading up and down
  • Note: This floor is not accessible through the elevator, because the elevator is walled

Fifth Floor — Communications

  • A large room with tables, each table having a Ticker-Tape Placement (TYP)
  • Two toilets
  • A segment of the Intruder Ejection Chute (see Trap Door in the Eleventh Floor)
  • Employee stairs, leading up and down
  • Note: This floor is not accessible through the elevator, because the elevator is walled

Sixth to Tenth Floors

  • These are unpartitioned areas, similar to the fifth floor, that allow for numerous employee desks and file cabinets
  • These floors and not shown in the project, but presumably they also have this, like the previous floors:
    • Two toilets
    • A segment of the Intruder Ejection Chute (see Trap Door in the Eleventh Floor)
    • Employee stairs, leading up and down
    • The elevator is probably walled

Eleventh Floor — Executive Office

  • An entrance room
    • Employee stairs, leading down only
    • Private elevator (last stop)
    • Very hard chairs
    • Another toilet
  • Storage Room
  • Worry Room
  • Assay Lab
  • Library
  • Armory
  • Scrooge’s office
  • Spiral stairs, leading up to the Twelfth Floor
    • Scrooge’s desk and chair
    • Trap Door, leading to the Intruder Ejection Chute (the intruder passes through all the floors, exits through the Exit Chute at the Ground Floor, and lands in the Ash Can outside the building)
    • Number One Dime display
    • Map of the world
    • Ticker-Tape
    • A toilet
    • Vault Door, leading to the Cash Vault
  • The Cash Vault, which is a huge single room, containing money all the way from the Eleventh Floor to the Ground Floor
    • Platform
    • Ladder
    • Depth Gauge
    • A hatch in the roof
    • See also the Secret Entrance in the Twelfth Floor

Twelfth Floor — Private Quarters

  • Living Room
    • Dollar sign carpet
    • Couches and sofas
  • Bin Defense Control Room
  • Utility Closet
  • Pigeon Roost
  • Kitchen
  • Bath
  • Bedroom
    • Drapes
    • Closet
    • Secret Entrance to Cash Vault
  • Study
  • Trophy Room
  • Spiral stairs, leading down to the Eleventh Floor
  • Elevator Service Room

Thirteenth Floor

  • Coin Hopper for Master Bath Shower

Other design elements

  • In “The Trouble with Dimes” (1951) by Carl Barks, Scrooge’s Petty Cash Vault is shown. It is a separate room with millions of coins, accessible from Scrooge’s office.

Here is a guy that build a giant money bin out of lego. 😀