King Arthur Carrousel

Disneyland Guests Hurrying to Fantasyland After the Rope Drop

Trip Savvy/  Betsy Malloy 

King Arthur's Carrousel has been around since Disneyland opened. It's unique among Disney carousels because of its history.

The theme is King Arthur and Camelot. The 68 horses - and one chariot - ride beneath a medieval-style tent, with more than 3,000 lights. In the center, you'll see nine hand-painted vignettes showing scenes from the classic Disney animated film Sleeping Beauty.

And the two r's in its name are there on purpose. Carrousel is the French word that the American spelling came from.

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King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland California

King Arthur Carrousel

Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort

What You Need to Know About King Arthur Carrousel

According to the Disneyland blog, about one out of five Disneyland visitors ride the carrousel.

  • Location: King Arthur Carrousel is in Fantasyland.
  • Rating: ★★
  • Restrictions:  No height restrictions. Children under age seven years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Ride Time: 2 minutes
  • Recommended for: Small children and carousel aficionados
  • Fun Factor: Low
  • Wait Factor: Low
  • Fear Factor: Low
  • Herky-Jerky Factor: Low
  • Nausea Factor: Low, unless you get dizzy easily.
  • Seating: Of course there are horses, but there are also benches to sit on.
  • Accessibility:  You can stay in your wheelchairs or ECVs on the carousel, but need to enter through the entrance to the left of the standard queue. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV

Like any other attraction at Disneyland, the carrousel sometimes closes for maintenance, renovation, or upgrades. To find out, check the Park Hours tab of the monthly calendar page to see what's being worked on.

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How to Have More Fun on King Arthur Carrousel

King Arthur Carrousel at Night
©Betsy Malloy Photography
  • Adults can stand next to the horse their child is riding
  • The wait for the carrousel is short, seldom longer than 10 minutes. Don't let the line fool you into thinking it will be longer; this ride can load 100 people about every five minutes. You can also check your wait time app to confirm that.
  • Even though it seems tame, keep your kids safe: use the seat belts.  And lots of parents like to hold onto their smaller kids, too
  • The carrousel is perfect for kids but it's not the only good ride for your children at Disneyland.
  • King Arthur’s Carrousel closes before and during the fireworks.
  • The carrousel stops where it starts. At the same location and the same height. If you get onto a horse that's high, you'll have to get off at that same height.
  • Also near the carousel is the Sword in the Stone, where you can try to pull the mighty Excalibur out as King Arthur did.

More About Disneyland Rides

You can see all the Disneyland rides at a glance on the Disneyland Ride Sheet. If you want to browse through them starting with the best-rated, start with the Haunted Mansion and follow the navigation through to the end.

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Fun Facts About King Arthur Carrousel

Horses on the King Aruthur Carrousel
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Some sources say that one of the things that led Walt Disney to create Disneyland was watching his daughters ride the carousel in Griffith Park. Whether that is true or not, the carousel is one of the original Disneyland attractions that were in the park on opening day in 1955.

Today's Disneyland carousel was originally located in Toronto, Canada and was built in 1875 by the Dentzel company. Walt Disney bought it and moved it to Disneyland during its construction.

The carousel's train cars became part of Casey Jr. Circus Train. It featured horses but also had giraffes, deer, and other animals. Because Walt Disney wanted every rider to have a horse, the other creatures were removed. Horses from other carousels took their place, but just having horses wasn't enough for Disney. He wanted them all to be galloping. His engineers made it so by repositioning their legs into the air.

The lead horse is named Jingles (for the bells around its neck and on its sides). It is said to be Walt Disney's favorite. During the fiftieth anniversary celebration, it was dedicated to Julie Andrews. Walt's wife Lillian Disney reportedly loved the horse with the rose garland.

Every horse on the carousel has a name. The horse called Dubloon has a gold tooth - although some people say its name is King. Some outdated sources online say you can get a list of them at City Hall, but apparently, that is no longer true.

The horses' bodies were initially painted in colors, but now they're all white, a change made in 1975.

Maintenance crews touch up the horses' paint daily. Every year each horse undergoes a complete refurbishment. Although their bodies are white, it takes more than 30 colors to paint all the details.

Here's a fact to amaze (or bore) your companions. According to the tour guide on the Walk in Walt's Footsteps tour, this is not a merry go round. A carousel goes clockwise while a merry go round goes counter clockwise.

Next Disneyland Ride: Gadget's Go Coaster

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