King Arthur Carrousel

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    King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland California

    King Arthur Carrousel
    Courtesy of Paul Hiffmeyer, Disneyland Resort

    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 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.

    What You Need to Know About King Arthur Carrousel

    We polled 108 of our readers to find out what they think about the carousel. 61% of them said It's a must-do or ride it if you have time, making it the lowest-rated ride in Disneyland. According to the Disneyland blog, about one out of five Disneyland visitors ride it.

    • 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:  Wheelchairs and ECVs can go on the carousel, but need to enter through the exit (near Peter Pan's Flight). More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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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.
    • Even though it seems tame, keep your kids safe: use the seat belts - and lots of parents like to hold onto their very small kids, too
    • The carrousel is perfect for kidsFind more rides for your children.
    • King Arthur’s Carrousel closes before and during the fireworks.
    • The carrousel stops where it starts. If you get onto a horse that's high, you'll have to get off at that same height.

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    Fun Facts About King Arthur Carrousel

    Horses on the King Aruthur Carrousel
    ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    The carousel is one of the original Disneyland attractions that were in the park on opening day in 1955.

    The 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. Its original train cars became part of Casey Jr. Circus Train, but the horses Walt Disney wanted everyone to ride a galloping horse like King Arthur. Other animals were removed, but they kept the horses, adding more of them from other carousels and converting them all to jumpers by repositioning their legs.

    The spelling with two R's is not my typing mistake. That's the French word that the American spelling came from.

    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.

    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 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.

    According to the tour guide on my 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.

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