The Top 10 Things You May Not Know About Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – At Walt Disney World
A Fantasyland Carrousel has always been a part of the original parks in both Walt Disney World, as well as Disneyland. From the very beginning, the simple attraction sparked Walt’s interest and held that interest for years on end. A short time ago, we did an article on The Often Untold Story of the Disney Carousels detailing the big picture role the carrousel (it is spelled two different ways – more on that later) played in the development of the original Disney parks. However, today we’re taking a closer look at many elements of the Walt Disney World carrousel that go beyond it’s link to Walt Disney.
For years the carrousel experience has thrilled guests of all ages, and is typically a small piece of every guests vacation. It’s classic, it’s enjoyable, and it’s fun for guests of all ages. Fortunately, the story doesn’t end there. When you unravel the attractions past and current application in the park, a few unique details reveal themselves. So, here’s a closer look at our Two Ten Things You May Not Know About Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.
1. If you were to take a single horse from today’s carrousel and attempt to sell it individually, a rare collectors market would bid astronomical prices on the piece. The history of the horse coupled with the connection to the Disney parks leaves estimated values in the $150,000-$200,000 mark for a single horse! Try not to think about that next time you climb aboard!
2. Many believe that a single horse in the second row with a gold ribbon swirled through the tail was designed to be “Cinderella’s horse.” While many cast members go along with the story for the overall guest experience, it isn’t actually true. The carrousel was repurposed from an antique Liberty carrousel, so the horses were already built and simply repainted for Disney’s application.
3. The original attraction, as mentioned, was a Liberty Carrousel developed by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Surprisingly, despite it’s redesign and upkeep by Disney, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is one of the last remaining examples of a true Liberty Carrousel! The name itself comes from the design elements originally built into the attraction. It was developed with classic Americana in mind and if you look carefully, that subtle theming is still recognizable today.
4. When Disney repainted the attraction, every horse was intentionally painted white (supposedly). They were all done this way with the idea in mind that every guest got to ride the “heroes” horse.
5. In the beginning there were 72 horses, but when Disney started utilizing it they decided to expand that number to 90. After some time, in order to accommodate all types of guests, they removed 6 horse to allow the “chariot type” bench seat to fit the attraction.
6. As a result of the original build date, 1917, many believe this to be the oldest attraction at Walt Disney World. However, one of the steam engines, the Roy O. Disney, was built one year sooner in February of 1916. So, technically, it depends on what you consider an “attraction.”
7. When the Carrousel arrived at the Disney parks, parts of the overhanging facade were completely redone and painted to tell the story of Cinderella. In the years prior to it’s time in the park, we’re not quite sure what story (if any) it told.
8. The horses you see on display aren’t the only horses available for use. Due to the attractions popularity and ability to turnover guests at a fairly high rate, Disney has made every effort to minimize the attractions refurbishment and down time. In order to do so, the horses are held on standby. This allows individual horses to be swapped out so that the next one can be repainted or touched up.
9. According to a classic Disney Imagineering tale, when the carrousel was being installed, Roy Disney noticed that the placement was slightly off center in relation to the castle. As a result, the entire project was moved eight inches in order to center it’s orientation.
10. Carrousel can actually be spelled two different ways and Disney tends to do this across different merchandise, as well as different attraction names across the parks internationally. The two correct spellings are carousel with 1 “R” or carrousel with 2 “R”s. Surprisingly there is no true consistency except for the attraction name.