King Arthur's Carrousel

Fantasyland
Disneyland

King Arthur's Carrousel

Introduction | Attraction | Touring Tips | Kids/Characters | Dining | Shopping | Interesting Facts


INTRODUCTION

On this beautiful classic carrousel, all of the horses go up and down as the carrousel revolves to the music of a calliope playing a classic Disney song.


ATTRACTION

King Arthur's Carrousel is located in the center of Fantasyland -- its lights are visible from Main Street through Sleeping Beauty Castle.

The queue forms a circle around the outside of the carrousel, and much of it is shaded by the carrousel itself.

There are 68 unique horses and four stationary "chariot" benches.


TOURING TIPS

Carousel Horse at DisneylandThe wait is shortest early in the day, but generally the queue is not long and moves quickly.

The ride is about 2 minutes long -- the carrousel revolves 8 times.

There is no height requirement, and although there are belts to help secure riders to their horses, smaller children should be held on by an adult.

Wheelchair and ECV users enter through the regular queue, then proceed up a special ramp onto the carrousel.

The closest restrooms are located next to the Village Haus Restaurant, along the exit to Frontierland.

KIDS AND CHARACTERS

This is a fun ride for the young and the young at heart.

The Sword in the Stone Ceremony is held next to the carrousel, so Merlin makes frequent appearances.


DINING

The Village Haus restaurant serves burgers and pizza.


SHOPPING

Mad Hatter sells a variety of character hats, including Mickey ears and Peter Pan hats with personalized embroidery.

Heraldry Shoppe - Get your family's coat-of-arms on personalized plaques and clothing.

Names Unraveled -- personalized first name artwork, with different backgrounds and styles, and including the meaning of the name.

Once Upon a Time - Princess shop, with Princess clothing, dolls, toys and accessories.

Stromboli's Wagon - This cart offers hats, postcards, candy and other small souvenirs.


INTERESTING FACTS

King Arthur's Carrousel is an original Disneyland attraction and opened in July 1955. The carrousel was purchased from an amusement park in Canada, dismantled, and shipped to California where it was extensively madeover.

The carrousel reopened in March 2003 after an extensive one-year rehab in which it received a new motor, canopy, and paint job.

All of the horses are unique, and are repainted every two years.

Many of the horses have names. Jingles is often considered the lead horse (she was painted gold for Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration) and has bells and flowers in her hair. There are also Avanti, Dante, Daisy, Flash, and King.

The horses were originally of all different colors, but they were all repainted white in 1975.



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