Posted by: Sophie M. | 07/12/2011

Ride Profile – Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Ride Profile – Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

  • Name: Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
  • Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom
  • Ride Type: Carousel
  • Duration: 2 minutes
  • Minimum height: None
  • Fastpass: No
  • Single rider: No
  • Rider swap: Yes
  • Thrill rating: 1/10
  • Family rating: 10/10

Following their fairy-tale romance and happily-ever-after wedding, Cinderella and Prince Charming took up residence in Cinderella’s Castle. With peace throughout the kingdom, Prince Charming had time to practice for jousting tournaments. In the countryside near the castle, he built a training device of carved horses, on which he could practice the art of ring-spearing, a tournament event in which a knight rides his horse full speed, lance in hand, toward a small ring hanging from a tree limb, with the object of spearing the ring. This event was known by various names throughout the lands, but generally came to be called “carrousel.”

The carrousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carrousel constructed closer to the Castle, where everyone could take a spin on this wondrous invention. Instead of a working knight’s training device, however, this new carrousel is more befitting its regal location in the Castle Courtyard – its rustic training horses replaced with ornately decorated prancing steeds adorned with golden helmets and shields, flower garlands, feathers and other festoons. Prince Charming invites one and all to test their horsemanship skills and to enjoy their own happy ending.

A hand painted scene from Cinderella

Take your family for a ride on the charmingly beautiful Prince Charming Carrousel in the shadows of Cinderella Castle to a background of organ music. While this is not a ride for thrill seekers, the younger generations will delight in a ride on these galloping horses.

Carrousel horses

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is an authentic carousel ride featuring 90 horses and hand painted scenes from Disney’s Cinderella. Built in 1917 by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Walt Disney bought the carousel in 1967 from the Maplewood Olympic Park. Extensive renovation work was carried out by Disney Imagineers, painting on scenes from Cinderella and restoring or replacing the horses.

 

?? Did You Know ??

  • Each of the 90 horses featured on the carrousel are unique.
  • Only one horse has a golden bow on its tail and it is thought that this might be the horse of Cinderella although no one is sure.
  • The name of the carrousel was changed on 1st June 2010 from Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.
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