Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
When it comes to classic Disney park rides, King Arthur’s Carrousel is definitely up there. There are Carrousels in five of the six Disney theme parks across the world but only two are themed to The Sword in the Stone.
I love Carrousels. They’re a nice and peaceful and give you a few moments to contemplate where you are and the magic that surrounds you. Disney carrousels are magical and I always try to give them a ride when in the parks!
King Arthur Carrousel is located in Fantasyland in Disneyland park, Anaheim California. This carrousel was originally built in 1875 and was located at Sunnyside Beach Park in Toronto, Canada. It operated here from 1922 onwards. This carrousel was then relocated to Disneyland. It was refurbished ready for the opening of the park on July 17th 1955.
King Arthurs Carrousel at one point only had one white horse. This horse was so popular with guests that in 1975, all horses were painted white to match it. Each horse has it’s own name and you can find a list of these at City Hall on Main Street USA. Jingle is the lead horse and was Walt’s favourite. For the 50th anniversary of the park, Jingle was repainted in 18k gold leaf from nose to tail.
Prior to 2006, Merlin would host a ceremony near the carrousel to determine which guest would be king for the day.
Le Carrousel de Lancelot is located in Fantasyland in Disneyland Paris. The ride plays organ music as it turns, featuring songs from Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more. The ride also includes carriages for those who do not wish to climb upon a horse.
The 16 horses o the outer ring all feature different armour, using 24 karat gold leaf. The 70 horses of the inner ring all have unique coloured ribbons and were positioned in order of the rainbow. Disneyland Paris has the second largest carrousel in any Disney park.
Like Anaheim, Merlin used to host a ceremony to see which guest would pull the sword from the stone.
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below