You may want to ride this charming (pun intended) carrousel until way past midnight, but hopefully, you will not turn into a pumpkin!
Climb aboard one of 90 unique wood-carved ornate horses at this classic attraction as you bask in the beauty of Cinderella’s Castle.
It will have you singing, “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!”, so keep reading for our complete guide to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel Quick Facts
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is located in Fantasyland, across from Mickey’s PhilharMagic. If you walk straight through the front gates of Cinderella Castle, you cannot miss it.
How to Ride Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel has a Standby Line. There is no Single Rider Line.
Do I need to use Genie+ at Prince Charming Regal Carrousel?
Genie+ is not available at Prince Charming Regal Carrousel.
Rider Switch/Child Swap
As there is no height requirement for Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and because it is one of the ultimate kid-friendly rides, this attraction does not offer Rider Switch.
Rider Switch is Disney’s system that allows guests with small children to take turns riding bigger rides, while another person/people wait with the little one.
What to Expect When You Ride
Guests wanting to ride Prince Charming Regal Carrousel wait in a mostly covered queue (though on particularly busy days the line can extend into the sun).
You’ll wind your way back and forth before mounting your choice of horse or bench seat.
To ride Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, climb aboard one of 90 hand-carved ornate wooden horses or you can choose to ride one of the benches that are stationary and wheelchair accessible.
Each horse fits one guest, whereas several guests can sit on the benches. The largest horses are on the outside and the smallest horses are on the inside. You will need to take a step up and lift your leg over to board the horse.s
For those in ECVs, you must transfer to a wheelchair to ride as there are benches that are stationary and wheelchair accessible.
Service animals are permitted on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel with caution.
While Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is far from a thrill ride, the continuous circular motion may cause motion sickness. For more on rides that cause motion sickness throughout the parks, check out our handy guide.
On the Ride
If you prefer to experience Prince Charming Regal Carrousel without any spoilers, you may want to skip this part.
Mount your very own ornately decorated horse and take a ride to the sounds of organ-based versions of Disney music.
For two minutes you’ll feel the wind in your hair as you gallop past hand-painted scenes from Cinderella.
Is Prince Charming Regal Carrousel Kid-Friendly?
This classic ride is appropriate for guests of all ages!
Strollers are not allowed in most queues at Disney World, including for Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. They can be left at the designated stroller parking area near the attraction.
The attraction that would eventually become Prince Charming Regal Carrousel was built in 1917 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Co. It was originally called the Liberty Carrousel and it was located at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan.
At the end of the 1920s, the carousel was moved from Michigan to Olympic Park in New Jersey. There it was repainted in red, white, and blue and covered in patriotic symbols like the bald eagle and flags.
The carousel was purchased by Disney in 1967. Imagineers renovated the original attraction so that no two horses on the attraction were alike. They decorated them with real gold, silver, and bronze. The refurbishment also included the addition of 18 hand-painted scenes from the fairy tale Cinderella.
However, when the carousel was originally put in place, Walt’s brother, Roy Disney, felt that it wasn’t centered correctly within the archway of Cinderella Castle. So he ordered crews to move it about 8 inches.
Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel debuted on Walt Disney World’s opening day on October 1, 1971.
With the 2010 renovations of Fantasyland, Imagineers re-named the attraction to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and provided a new back story for the attraction.
The carrousel is supposed to be a replica of the training device that Prince Charming created to train for jousting tournaments and when you ride, you are testing your horseman skills.
Other Fun Details
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is based on the classic 1950 Disney animated film, Cinderella.
- Walt Disney came up with the idea for Disneyland while watching his daughters ride on a merry-go-round at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
- Each of the 90 hand-carved horses are unique and no two horses are alike!
- While the hand-painted scenes from Cinderella and the gorgeous horses are beautiful to behold during the day, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is truly magical at night! Over 2,300 lights are woven throughout the attraction helping it shine and sparkle as the sun goes down in the Magic Kingdom.
- With a 60-foot diameter, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is actually one of the largest carousels in the world.
- You may have done a double take when you see the name of this attraction, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. While “carousel” is usually the accepted spelling in the U.S., “carrousel” is also correct as that is the French spelling and Cinderella is a French fairy tale.
- The embellishments on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel are actually 23k gold and the horses also have added silver and bronze details.
- After you ride, make sure to stop by The Sword in the Stone monument and try your hand at pulling out King Arthur’s fabled sword. It makes for a great photo opp!
- There is a specific horse on the carrousel that is Cinderella’s horse. Look for the horse with the gold ribbon tied around its tail.
Other Attractions in Fantasyland
- Cinderella Castle
- “it’s a small world”
- Mad Tea Party
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- Ariel’s Grotto
- Enchanted Tales With Belle
- Princess Fairytale Hall
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of the Little Mermaid
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