Slow Rides, Spinning
1955 Original Ride
Climb aboard an ornate carousel horse and gallop through a whirling backdrop of color and sound.
Make your way beneath a vibrant medieval tent within the Castle Courtyard and select one of 68 wood-carved white horses—or one intricately carved chariot. Accented in soft pastel and jewel tones, each magnificent steed is posed in a fanciful leaping position. Once chosen, hop atop your charger and prepare yourself for a royal ride as if you were a part of King Arthur’s royal army.
Test Your Horsemanship
As a classic Disney tune echoes to the sounds of an old-fashioned fairground organ, parade up and down in a gentle counter-clockwise direction atop your majestic horse. Spin around and around and feel a cool breeze brush across your face as you view a menagerie of classic Fantasyland attractions in the not-too-far-off distance—including Sleeping Beauty Castle and Pinocchio’s Daring Journey.
Command your prancing horse as the prince or princess of your very own fairytale by day or embark on a journey at night, basking in the magical glow of the carousel’s 3,328 shimmering lights.
A Fairytale Come To Life
During your whimsical journey, relive the classic Disney animated film Sleeping Beauty through a series of 9 illustriously hand-painted vignettes on the inner rounding board above the horses.
One of the original Opening Day attractions at Disneyland in 1955, the carousel and most of its horses date back more than 90 years.
King Arthur Carrousel is a handcrafted Dentzel carousel built in Philadelphia in 1922. When Walt Disney first purchased the carousel from Sunnyside Beach Park in Toronto, it featured horses, giraffes, deer and other animals. Walt wanted everyone to ride a galloping horse like King Arthur, so additional antique horses were located and used.
Watching his daughters ride the merry-go-round at Griffith Park in Los Angeles inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland Park. Later, when Walt began turning his ideas of constructing a theme park into a reality, a carousel became the cornerstone of his future design—and has remained that way ever since.