|About this Attraction
Duration: 2:18 minutes
Ride Capacity: 72 horses, one guest per horse
time to visit: Morning or later in the day.
Tips & Fun Facts
On the horse known as "Jingles," a hidden Mickey can be seen on the hindquarters, made up of gemstones.
The merry-go-round that was to become the King Arthur Carrousel was found at Sunnyside Park in Toronto, Canada, where it was scheduled to be demolished to make way for a freeway.
Since Walt Disney wanted only jumping horses – not the other animals which were part of the original– additional horses were found on other old carousels, including one at Coney Island.
The metal finishes on the carrousel are real gold, silver and copper.
Most of the carrousel horses were carved in Germany in the 1800's.
Most are Dentzels, the most-prized of carrousel horses because of the intricacy and workmanship. A few are Murphys.
No two horses are alike.
Each horse is repainted almost every year, a job that takes around 40 hours.
Because of the time involved, only about 10% of the horses are stripped to bare wood each year.
Disneyland carpenters undertake the major repairs. Broken legs, for example, are split open and reinforced with steel rods. Steel plates are used to strengthen stress points like leg joints.
Mounts suffering from bad cracks or holes are turned over to the staff shop for patching. The detailing of each horse is re-accentuated by careful routing of the edges that inevitably wear down during the year. Next, the first of many coats of paint is applied by hand. Sanding follows, and then as many as a dozen undercoats—each separated by more sanding—to achieve the glossy finish that belies the wood underneath.
Each horse receives a coat of white, a standard that replaced the multi-color coats the horses wore until about 10 years ago. Then the artful trappings are brushed on in bulletin colors. The colorful gear of each horse was designed by art directors at Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney’s planning and designing firm. Altogether, more than 30 colors are used on the animals, no two of which are alike.
Sleighs were taken from the Carrousel and used as train carriages on Casey Jr. Circus Train.
Guests may remain in their wheelchair or Electric Convenience Vehicle to experience this attraction.
Wheelchair Access: Enter through the entrance to the left of the standard queue.
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