In January of 2013 I learned that I would be operating one of the few original attractions that remain at the Walt Disney World Resort, Prince Charming Regal Carousel.
This particular carousel is one of the oldest, and largest, operating ‘merry-go-rounds’ in the country. Built in 1917, by the Philadelphia Toboggan Family, this attraction is 97 years old. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking and, yes, this means that this attraction is older than Walt Disney World. Disney found the carousel in New Jersey. The decision was made to bring the carousel to the upcoming Florida Project. Once it arrived, 87 horses and one chariot were refurbished and now you won’t find two horses that look the same.
Originally named Cinderella’s Golden Carousel until 2010, the mosaics on the exterior of the motor room (a.k.a the circle thing in the middle) go through the story of Cinderella, depicting key scenes from the film. There is also a special horse that many a guest search for when riding the carousel. Cinderella’s horse, known to be her own personal horse, resides on the carousel with a yellow ribbon tied on the horse’s tail. So next time you visit the Magic Kingdom and take a ride (all of 90 seconds of your time) on this classic attraction, make sure you search for the Princess’ horse!
“Even miracles take a little time.” -Fairy Godmother
-Buzz & Woody