Ride with beautiful horses around and up and down, while watching the story of Cinderella go by. This attraction has earned its name by being charming and regal.
|Walt Disney World Park||Magic Kingdom|
|Location in Park||Fantasyland|
|Height Restrictions||Any Height|
|Age Interests||All Ages|
|Thrill Type||Slow rides, Spinning|
|Hours||Regular park hours|
|Accessibility Information||Must Transfer to Wheelchair|
Prince Charming Regal Carousel is a classic Disney ride, having opened with Walt Disney World itself on October 1, 1971. However, the name of this attraction used to be Cinderella’s Golden Carousel. The name was changed in 2012 to Prince Charming Regal Carousel in an attempt to tell the story of the Prince and Cinderella’s happily ever after romance.
A good trick to know about this attraction, is that the horses are in order of how high they will go up and down during the ride. The horses all the way on the outside of the carousel will go up the highest, with the ones in the innermost portion of the ride will only go up and down slightly.
This ride is quite unique, as it was actually built in 1917 and was known as “The Liberty Carousel”. It has been an attraction in Detroit, Michigan; as well as in Irvington, New Jersey. Walt Disney Company purchased this carousel in 1967 to restore it for Walt Disney World.
The work on this carousel was completed in California by Arrow Development. When they received the carousel, they stripped the horses down and redid them with unique and regal designs. Once the horses were completed and in place, Disney added gold leaf, silver, and bronze to each of the horses to give them a more royal appearance. Scenes from the Cinderella film were also added onto the carousel to tell the beautiful story that Disney created.
During the process of refurbishing the carousel, Disney made molds of the newly designed horses to create a replica for the Tokyo Disneyland version of this attraction. Once all of the refurbishments and replications were completed, the finished attraction was put in place in Magic Kingdom in Florida before the grand opening.
Location & Wait Times
This attraction is in Magic Kingdom inside of Fantasyland. It is a hard to miss ride, as it can be seen right as guests walk through the castle gates. It is a central piece of Fantasyland and when guests go from ride to ride, they will almost always pass by the Prince Charming Regal Carousel.
Wait times for this attraction are medium in length. The morning is the best time to get on this ride as the wait times will be much shorter. By mid morning the wait times for this ride will have hit their peak and will stay there for most of the day.
Although the queue for the Prince Charming Regal Carousel does not include any immersive elements or storyline, it is still a really fantastic queue. The queue loops around the attraction and guests will be treated to views of Cinderella’s Castle, Princesses, and all of the other beautiful architectural elements that are inside of Fantasyland.
As guests go through the line for the carousel, they will also come across the Sword in the Stone, available for all to try to pull it out. It is the little touches that guests see in this queue that make it a fantastic experience.