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Palanquin is a living stage coach, or at least the unseen pilot of the coach, existing as a result of the Enchantress' curse.


Beauty and the Beast

Palanquin only has a brief appearance in the first film and was unnamed. After Belle sacrifices her freedom to ensure her father, Maurice was freed from the Beast's castle dungeon. The Beast, thoughtlessly dragging Maurice away before Belle even had the chance to say goodbye, threw a pleading Maurice into Palanquin's coach while telling Maurice that his daughter is no longer of his concern before telling Palanquin to take Maurice back to the village. It then did so while Maurice was still begging, also ripping its bindings, as Belle watched in despair from her cell window. Presumably, Palanquin managed to return Maurice to the village without being spotted due to the villagers not believing Maurice when he claimed that Belle was taken prisoner by the Beast.

New Adventures of Disney's Beauty and the Beast

In the second issue of the prequel comic series published by Disney Comics, Palanquin had a much larger role, and was also given its name. After Chip and Sultan discovered that Beast fell off a cliff and was knocked out (with Chip falling down the ravine), Sultan relayed Chip's message about the Beast being in danger with Mrs. Potts, Chip's mother, sending Ladle and Tureen to summon Palanquin and fetch his rig. Afterwards, Palanquin was loaded with ropes and harnesses as well as the Wheelbarrow at Mrs. Potts' command, in order to be prepared for anything. After loading Beast and Chip onto the wheelbarrow and reeling them up, Palanquin then returned to the castle. He presumably had little use since then, based on roots being placed at its feet by the time it was used again in the film.

House of Mouse

Palanquin makes a brief cameo in the series as the ride used to deliver Lumiere to the club.


  • Palanquin's role in the film had its roots from the Purdum screenplay for the film and with a larger role. In it, Beast was supposed to have owned an enchanted sedan chair that was initially used to deliver Maurice back to his cottage as well as take Belle to the castle. Marquis Gaston and his men would later steal the sedan chair in the climax so he could confront the Beast and kill him. This development, however, was cut when the screenplay itself was rejected by then-Disney Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and had the film rewritten as a result.
  • In an episode of the the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe named The Answer, Blue Diamond's palanquin resembles this palanquin.

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Films: Beauty and the Beast | The Enchanted Christmas | Belle's Magical World | Beauty and the Beast (2017 film) | Video
Television: Sing Me a Story with Belle | Belle's Tales of Friendship | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | A Poem Is...
Books: The Beast Within: A Tale of Beauty's Prince | The New Adventures of Beauty and the Beast | Winter Wonderland | Time Flies! | Sittin' Pretty! | Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Look-Look Book | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book | Disney Princess Beginnings
Marvel Comics: A Chance For Romance | Wardrobe's Big Surprise | The Wishful Walk | Almost Amour! | Lyrical Love Part 1 and 2 | Dove Tales Part 1 and 2 | A Masterpiece for the Master | Deck the Halls for Belle with Holly | Belle, Book and Castle | Bound to Surprise | The Dessert Disaster
Video Games: Beauty and the Beast (video game) | Belle's Quest | Roar of the Beast | A Board Game Adventure | Disney Infinity | Disney Infinity: 2.0 Edition | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts χ | Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ | Disney Enchanted Tales
Music: Beauty and the Beast (Original Soundtrack)

Disney Parks

Animated film: Art of Animation | Beauty and the Beast Ride | Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | Le Pays des Contes de Fées | Mickey's PhilharMagic | Voyage to the Crystal Grotto
Live action: Disney Illuminations
Entertainment: Animazment - The Musical | A Table is Waiting | Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | Disney Dreams! | Disney in the Stars | Enchanted Tales with Belle | Fantasmic! | Feel the Magic | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey and the Magician | Once Upon a Time | Royal Theatre | The Golden Mickeys | World of Color
Restaurants: Be Our Guest Restaurant | Gaston's Tavern | Maurice’s Treats Snack Cart
Shops: Bonjour! Village Gifts
Parade: Disney's Magical Moments Parade | Paint The Night Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade | Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights | Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Halloween: Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Show | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime


Original: Belle | Beast | Lumière | Cogsworth | Mrs. Potts | Chip Potts | Chip's Sibling | Chef Bouche | Villagers | Maurice | Philippe | Gaston | LeFou | Bimbettes | Sultan | Wardrobe | Fifi | Enchantress | Monsieur D'Arque | Wolves | Music Box | Gaston's buddies | Pierre | Palanquin
Enchanted Christmas: Angelique | Forte | Fife
Belle's Magical World: Webster | Crane | Le Plume | Witherspoon | Chandeleria
Deleted Characters: Clarice | Marguerite | Belle's sisters | Belle's suitors | Belle's mother
Comic and Storybook Characters: Countess de la Perle | Thunder


Original: Prologue | Belle | Gaston | Be Our Guest | Something There | Human Again | Beauty and the Beast | The Mob Song
Broadway: No Matter What | Me | Home | How Long Must This Go On? | If I Can't Love Her | Maison Des Lunes | A Change in Me
Enchanted Christmas: Stories | As Long As There's Christmas | Don't Fall in Love | A Cut Above the Rest
Belle's Magical World: A Little Thought | Listen With Our Hearts
Live-Action Film: Our Song Lives On | For Evermore | Days in the Sun


Beast's Castle | Library | Belle's Cottage | Village | Ballroom | The Black Forest | Tavern | The West Wing | Belle's Room


The Enchanted Rose | Enchanted Mirror | Maurice's Machine

See Also

Beauty and the Beast (musical) | Beauty and the Beast Jr. | Disney Renaissance | Original Screenplay

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