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King Arthur Carrousel is an authentic antique carrousel featuring 68 prancing white horses. The ride recreates the great charge of the legendary Knights of the Round Table and their brave leader, King Arthur of Camelot.
King Arthur Carrousel is a handcrafted Dentzel carrousel built in Philadelphia in 1922. When Walt Disney first purchased the carrousel 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. Many of the other animals were relocated to Casey Jr. Circus Train.
The canopy is designed to evoke a royal crown. Trimmed with 3,328 sparkling lights and ornate filigree, 9 hand-painted vignettes from Sleeping Beauty were added to connect the carrousel to the nearby Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Inspiration for Disneyland Park
Disneyland Railroad and King Arthur Carrousel are key to the creation of Disneyland Park. Two of Walt Disney's original inspirations were his love of model trains and the merry-go-round at Griffith Park — which Walt would visit regularly with his 2 young daughters.