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Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (formerly Cinderella's Golden Carrousel) is an authentic 90-horse carousel in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Similar attractions under varying names can be found at two other Disney Parks including Tokyo Disneyland as Castle Carrousel and Hong Kong Disneyland as Cinderella Carousel. The calliope plays organ-based Disney classics during the two-minute ride period. Hand painted scenes from Disney's Cinderella can be seen on the top.

Attraction Premise[]

  • Climb aboard an ornate carousel horse and gallop through a whirling backdrop of color and sound.
  • Make you way beneath a vibrant medieval tent within the Castle Courtyard and select one of 90 wood-carved ornate horses or one intricately carved chariot. Bedecked in golden helmets, decorative shields and flowing flower garlands and feathers, each magnificent steed is unique.
  • As an old-fashioned calliope plays, parade up and down in a gentle counterclockwise direction atop your majestic horse. Spin around and feel a cool breeze brush across your face as you behold a menagerie of classic Fantasyland attractions in the not-too-far-off distance—including Cinderella Castle and Mickey's PhilharMagic.
  • Command your prancing horse as the prince or princess of your very own fairy tale by day or embark on a journey at night, basking in the magical glow of the carousel’s 2,300 shimmering lights.
  • During your whimsical journey, relive the classic Disney animated film Cinderella through a series of 18 illustriously hand painted scenes on the top above the horses.

Magic Kingdom version[]

The carousel was originally built by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company, one of the most prestigious carousel companies, in 1917. In 1967, Walt Disney purchased it from Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey. Its original name was "Liberty Carousel", and the maidens can still be seen on the top. Every horse is different.

Cinderella's Horse[]

There are conflicting stories regarding whether one of the horses on the carousel is "Cinderella's Horse". The one in question is in the second rank, and is the only one that has a golden bow on its tail.

Cast members refer to this horse as Cinderella's and it has been referred to as such in various Disney publications. Cinderella has been depicted as riding a horse in various pieces of collectable sculpture and artwork, such as a 2001 Limited Edition lithograph.

However, in an interview with Isle Voght, a cast member responsible for restoring the carousel along with John Hench, she gives her own reasons for doubting the veracity of the Cinderella's Horse story, namely that Cinderella would not have a horse on an inner row, and that hers would be decorated much more elaborately than the others. Also, she states that Cinderella never rode a horse in the film.

The Disney Imagineers did not include the story of Cinderella's horse in the 2010 rewriting of the carousel backstory.

Name change[]

On June 1, 2010 the name was changed from Cinderella's Golden Carousel to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. The name change helps tell the rest of the Cinderella story that inspired it. Here’s the official story behind it: "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 carousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carousel 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 carousel 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.

Hong Kong Disneyland version[]

The carousel was built by Chance Rides of Wichita, Kansas. It came with four rows of Bradley and Kaye horses and Columbia chariots.

Trivia[]

  • Built in 1917, the "Liberty Carousel", as it was originally named, first called Belle Isle Park in Detroit home. Measuring 60 feet in diameter, it was constructed by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Rediscovered in 1967 at Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey, it was acquired by Disney Imagineers, who performed an extensive renovation before introducing it to the Magic Kingdom in 1971, where it has continued to be a favorite for over 40 years. This technically makes it the oldest attraction at the park.
  • A carousel resembling this one or the King Arthur Carrousel makes a cameo appearance in the opening Disney logo used at the very beginning of The Jungle Book (2016) inside an amusement park briefly seen before the castle is shown.
  • The music loop plays in tandem with an orchestral loop heard at the entrance to Fantasyland from Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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See also[]


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The Disney GallerySkywayMickey Mouse RevueCinderella Castle Mystery TourWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki RoomThe Enchanted Tiki Room: Get the Fever! • Lilo's Luau & Fun • Minnie Oh! Minnie!Magic JourneysMeet the WorldMircoAdventuresStarcadeCircle-Vision 360° (The Timekeeper) • Donald's Wacky Kingdom • Feel the MagicOnce Upon a MouseStar ToursCaptain EOGrand Recruit RacewayHercules the HeroIt's Magical!Star JetsOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! • Goofy's Bounce House • Jolly Trolley • Super Duper Jumpin' TimeOnce Upon a TimeDisney's FantillusionJubilation!Happiness is Here ParadeDreaming Up!Fantasy in the SkyCinderellabration: Lights of Romance

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Media
Films: Cinderella (video/soundtrack) • Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (video) • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (video/soundtrack) • Cinderella (2015 film) (video/soundtrack)

Shows: A Poem Is...Chibi Tiny Tales
Video Games: Disney Princess (video game)Cinderella's DollhouseCinderella: Magical DreamsDisney Princess: Enchanted JourneyKingdom Hearts Birth by SleepDisney InfinityDisney Princess: My Fairytale AdventureDisney Magical WorldCinderella Free FallDisney Emoji Blitz
Books: Royal WeddingsDisney Princess Beginnings
Cancelled projects: Cinderella Stories
Albums: The Lost Chords: Cinderella

Disney Parks
Castle of Magical DreamsCinderella's Fairy Tale HallCinderella CastleCinderella Castle Mystery TourDisney Animation BuildingFairy Tale ForestIt's a Small WorldMickey Mouse RevuePrince Charming Regal CarrouselPrincess PavilionStorybook Land Canal Boats

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Restaurants: Cinderella's Royal Table
Shops: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
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Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy ParadeCinderella's Holiday WishDisney Winter Magic CavalcadeRoyal Christmas Wishes

Characters
Original: CinderellaJaq and GusPerla and SuzyMiceBirdsPrince CharmingFairy GodmotherBrunoMajorCinderella's FatherLady TremaineAnastasia TremaineDrizella TremaineLuciferThe KingThe Grand DukeHeraldMaryRoyal Guards

Sequels: Pom-PomPrudenceBeatrice and DaphneCountess Le GrandeThe BakerFlower VendorThe Queen
Remake: Cinderella's MotherLizard FootmenMr. GooseCaptainTown CrierSir Francis Tremaine
Deleted: JabberProfessor LeFoofSpink

Locations
Cinderella's CastleCinderella's ChâteauVillageKing's Castle
Objects
Glass SlipperPumpkinPumpkin CoachMagic WandCinderella's Dress
Songs
Films: CinderellaA Dream is a Wish Your Heart MakesSing, Sweet NightingaleWork Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly)Bibbidi-Bobbidi-BooSo This is LovePut It TogetherFollow Your HeartThe World Is Looking Up to YouIt's What's Inside That CountsPerfectly PerfectMore Than a DreamI DoAt the BallI Still BelieveLavender's BlueStrong

Deleted: Dancing on a CloudThe Cinderella Work SongThe Face That I See in the NightThe Dress That My Mother WoreSing a Little, Dream a LittleI'm in the Middle of a MuddleThe Mouse SongI Lost My Heart At the Ball
Twice Charmed: All Because of a ShoeIt's Never Too LateIn a MomentBelieve in Me
Miscellaneous: The Art of Dressing Well

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