Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

 

After a hiatus because of various other commitments, today we are back continuing our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series.  Today we are taking a look at the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.  This attraction used to be known as Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel, but it was renamed to the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel on June 1, 2010.  Along with the name change, Walt Disney Imagineers rewrote the entire backstory of the attraction.  Here is the official story:

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.

Here are the attraction details for the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel:

Attraction Name: Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Attraction Type: Slow Ride/Spinning
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Not Available
Interactive Queue: No

This is a good ride for young children and those that like a slow moving attraction.  It’s not a very long ride, just two minutes, and it can be slow loading, so be aware that there can be long lines.  For us, my wife and I will ride it sometimes, usually when there is a 10 minute wait or less.

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan's Flight

Next up in our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide is an attraction that is at the top of the list for many people.  Peter Pan’s Flight is one of those attractions that does a terrific job of suspending disbelief and transporting you out of Walt Disney World and right into the story.  Here are the details for this attraction:

Attraction Name: Peter Pan’s Flight
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: Yes

When it comes to the attractions at Walt Disney World, especially at the Magic Kingdom, there are few rides that compare with the excitement we get when we ride Peter Pan’s Flight, which is located in Fantasyland.  With Peter Pan’s Flight, you get it all — a great trip into the classic story of Peter Pan, your own flying galleon to sail off into the night sky with, and a swashbuckling adventure! It always amazes me that the Imagineers were able to make such a realistic attraction. From the moment you take off, the use of forced perspective makes it seem as if you are truly flying! Of course, the Imagineers did create the ride so that your galleon is suspended from a track over your head, which certainly does make it easier to feel like you are flying!

What do you and your family think of this great attraction? Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic

In our next installment of the Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, today we’re taking a look at Mickey’s PhilharMagic, one of my favorite movie shows to watch in all of Disney.  Here are all the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Mickey’s PhilharMagic
Attraction Type: Movie/Song
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day
FastPass+: Available

Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of my favorite movie/shows to watch.  The music and scenes from the movies are great, the 4D technology of the movie is great, and the songs are such classic songs that you can’t help but sing along!  I know that some children are frightened by the dark and the water and whatnot, but most people seem to do just fine.

One thing that is interesting to me is that, with the implementation of the FastPass+ system, it seemed like Mickey’s PhilharMagic was much busier than it had been in years past.  We saw it two times last year, and each time the theater was packed with just a few solitary seats available.  I don’t remember a time when it was that busy.

In the end, this is a great attraction for some awesome music, great movie scenes, and in summer, a great way to beat the heat.  Do you and your family stop by?  Let us know in the comments, and thanks!

Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh

Continuing our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide series, we’ve got a second attraction for you today!  This one is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh attraction, located in Fantasyland.  Here are the details for this bouncy trip in the Hundred Acre Wood:

Attraction Name: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Attraction Type: Slow Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of Operation: All Day.
FastPass+: Available
Interactive Queue: Yes

For my family, this attraction is a little beyond our time.  With a soon to be 14 year old, bouncing in a Hunny Pot just isn’t at the top of her attraction list.  However, that doesn’t mean that we don’t experience it for the nostalgia effect every now and again!  Since this attraction is indoors, and features many of the scenes from the movie, it can be a great way to cool off from the blistering summer sun of Florida!  It’s a slow moving ride, so there aren’t any fear factors based on that, and the gentle bouncing will probably excite all of the younger audience. One thing I like is the way part of the story is outlined in book form on the walls of the queue as you approach the ride vehicles, like the picture below.

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What is your take on this classic Disney tale?  Do you ride it with your kids, do you wish Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was back, or both?  Let us know in our poll, and thanks!


Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide – Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Cups

In our next installment of our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guides series, we continue our exploration of Fantasyland by taking a look at the Mad Tea Party.  This attraction is a favorite of our daughter, as you can see in this photo from some years back!  Here are the details on this attraction:

Attraction Name: Mad Tea Party
Attraction Type: Spinning Ride
Height Requirements: Any Height
Location: Fantasyland
Hours of OperationAll Day.
FastPass+: Available

The Mad Tea Party is an original day attraction at the Magic Kingdom, opening on October 1, 1971, although the name was originally called The Mad Hatters Mad Tea Party, but the premise is the same.  The ride is based on the Unbirthday party scene in Alice in Wonderland, and as I’m sure you know, the tea cups can spin based on the center wheel in each tea cup.  In Disneyland, the attraction was an opening day attraction as well, but one bit of trivia is that the tea cups had no braking system for the first two years, so there was no stopping you from spinning as fast as you could, except, of course, your ability and strength to do so!  Do you like the Mad Tea Cups?  Let me know, and thanks!  To conclude, have a look at this picture of Sophie and my wife Cindy on the attraction — a whole lot of joy, and that’s why kids love this attraction so much!

Mad Tea Party