Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
(October 1, 1971 - present)
History and photos of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel ride in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.
Originally called Cinderella's Golden Carrousel, the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is an authentic carousel ride situated immediately behind Cinderella Castle in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.
Consisting of ninety individual horses, the carousel was constructed by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1917. Disney purchased the carousel as well as its horses from Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey in 1967. The carousel was then restored and redecorated to tell the story of Cinderella. Cinderella's Golden Carrousel was an original Magic Kingdom attraction that opened with the rest of the park on October 1, 1971.
Not only are carousels and merry-go-rounds some of the oldest amusement park rides in existence, but it was at a merry-go-round near the Disney Studios in California where the concept of Disneyland was created. It's said that Walt Disney would allow his daughters to ride the merry-go-round, and he would sit on a nearby park bench, watching his girls and visualizing a type of amusement park where families could have fun together. This concept would eventually become Disneyland, one of the first theme parks in the world. The rest is history.
Cinderella's Golden Carrousel originally started with 90 individual horses when the ride opened on October 1, 1971. There was the belief that each guest was entitled to ride a horse, and a heroic white horse, too. The problem though is not everybody who could step on to the carousel could physically climb on a horse. In 1997, the ride went through a refurbishment that included removing four horses so that a bench could be installed, thus allowing *everybody* to enjoy the ride, as long as they can transfer out of a wheelchair. Since that point, the ride has operated with its current total of 86 horses.
According to The Imagineering Field Guide to the Magic Kingdom, there *is* a special horse dedicated to Cinderella. Look in the second row of horses for a horse with a gold ribbon on its tail. Allegedly that is Cinderella's horse even though she never rode one in Disney's 1950 animated film.
On June 1, 2010, Cinderella's Golden Carrousel changed names to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. The name change went along with a new back story that helps explain the carousel and its relationship to Cinderella.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel tends to be more popular with the smaller kids, and it's also at its busiest in the early to mid afternoon. Many people tend to overlook the carousel as it's simply a carousel and the theme park has much fancier rides such as The Haunted Mansion or Peter Pan's Flight.
If you love classic amusement rides, then do not pass up a chance to ride Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. There is a surprising amount of detail (and fun) in this vintage carousel ride.
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