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.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

45 Days: Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is our selection for #Day45 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day45 of our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  Today, we are taking a look at the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, that throwback attraction that takes you back in time to the age of carnivals and carousel rides.  Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is actually an original Magic Kingdom attraction, and I’ve got a post about it that I wrote on February 4th, 2013.  When it first opened, though, it was known as Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel, the name was changed much more recently.

My wife and I like the Carrousel very much.  It is a simple, relaxing, take-me-back-in-time type of attraction, and while the line is often too long, and the ride too short, it is still something that we like to do once every trip or so.  One tip I have for you is that this attraction can be quite easy to get on when it is later at night — and if there has been rain during the day, it can be quite nice and cool too, even in the Florida summer!

In fact, it was while we were about to get on the Carrousel that we saw Mickey and Minnie getting onto Dumbo with two special Guests.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

Sophie and Riley ride the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel back in 2008!

Back on Sophie’s birthday in 2008, we invited her friend Riley to come with us for the day, and the girls had a great time.  That’s why this trip is so special to me — it’s reuniting the girls at Disney, while including Sophie’s new good friend Miss J to the fun we have on our Disney vacations, so this picture is special to me both as I look at the memories from before and look ahead to the new memories we will create in June!

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

My Mom rides on her horse on the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.

Even my Mom likes the Carrousel — as you can see in this shot from 2006.  Today is my Mom and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, and I am so proud to be their son.  I love you Mom and Dad!

So tell me, please — the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, do you ride it, skip it, or something else?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

30 Days til Disneyland – King Arthur Carrousel!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

The King Arthur Carrousel is located in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park, and is the subject of day 30 in our countdown to Disneyland series.  This carrousel, which is similar to the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, was handcrafted by the Dentzel company in Philadelphia in 1922.  When Walt Disney purchased it, he purchased it from the Sunnyside Beach Park in Toronto, where it had many other types of animals besides horses.  Walt wanted everyone to ride a horse just like King Arthur, so he located other carrousel horses — and the giraffes, deer, and other animals were relocated — many of them to the Casey, Jr. Circus Train!

My wife loves to ride a good carrousel, so I’m sure we will stop to ride this one.  What do you think about it?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks!