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Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (formerly Cinderella's Golden Carrousel) is an authentic 90-horse carousel at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Similar attractions under varying names can be found at two other Disney Parks including Tokyo Disneyland as Castle Carrousel and Hong Kong Disneyland as Cinderella Carousel. The calliope plays organ-based Disney classics during the two-minute ride period. Hand painted scenes from Disney's Cinderella can be seen on the top.

Attraction Premise

  • Climb aboard an ornate carousel horse and gallop through a whirling backdrop of color and sound.
  • Make you way beneath a vibrant medieval tent within the Castle Courtyard and select one of 90 wood-carved ornate horses or one intricately carved chariot. Bedecked in golden helmets, decorative shields and flowing flower garlands and feathers, each magnificent steed is unique.
  • As an old-fashioned calliope plays, parade up and down in a gentle counter-clockwise direction atop your majestic horse. Spin around and feel a cool breeze brush across your face as you behold a menagerie of classic Fantasyland attractions in the not-too-far-off distance—including Cinderella Castle and Mickey’s PhilHarmagic.
  • 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 2,300 shimmering lights.
  • During your whimsical journey, relive the classic Disney animated film Cinderella through a series of 18 illustriously hand-painted scenes on the top above the horses.

Magic Kingdom version

The carousel was originally built by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company, one of the most prestigious carousel companies, in 1917. In 1967, Walt Disney purchased the handmade carousel (and horses) from Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey. It original name was Liberty, and the maidens can still be seen on the top. Every horse is different.

Cinderella's Horse

There are conflicting stories regarding whether one of the horses on the carousel is "Cinderella's Horse". The one in question is in the second rank of horses, and is the only one that has a golden bow on its tail.

Cast members refer to this horse as Cinderella's and it has been referred to as such in various Disney publications. Cinderella has been depicted as riding a horse in various pieces of collectable sculpture and artwork, such as a 2001 Limited Edition lithograph.

However, in an interview with Isle Voght, a park employee responsible for restoring the ride along with John Hench, she gives her own reasons for doubting the veracity of the Cinderella's Horse story, namely that the princess would not have a horse on an inner row, and that her horse would be decorated much more elaborately than the others. Also, she states that Cinderella never rode a horse in the film.

The Disney Imagineers did not include the story of Cinderella's horse in the 2010 rewriting of the carousel backstory.

Name change

On June 1, 2010 the name was changed from Cinderella's Golden Carousel to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. The name change helps tell the rest of the Cinderella story that inspired it. Here’s the official story behind it: "Following their fairy-tale romance and happily-ever-after wedding, Cinderella and Prince Charming took up residence in Cinderella’s Castle. With peace throughout the kingdom, Prince Charming had time to practice for jousting tournaments. In the countryside near the castle, he built a training device of carved horses, on which he could practice the art of ring-spearing, a tournament event in which a knight rides his horse full speed, lance in hand, toward a small ring hanging from a tree limb, with the object of spearing the ring."

This event was known by various names throughout the lands, but generally came to be called “carrousel.”

The carousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carousel constructed closer to the Castle, where everyone could take a spin on this wondrous invention. Instead of a working knight’s training device, however, this new carousel is more befitting its regal location in the Castle Courtyard – its rustic training horses replaced with ornately decorated prancing steeds adorned with golden helmets and shields, flower garlands, feathers and other festoons. Prince Charming invites one and all to test their horsemanship skills and to enjoy their own happy ending.


  • Built in 1917, the Liberty Carousel, as it was originally named, first called Belle Isle Park in Detroit home. Measuring 60 feet in diameter, it was constructed by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Rediscovered in 1967 at Olympic Park in New Jersey, it was acquired by Disney Imagineers, who performed an extensive renovation before introducing it to the Magic Kingdom in 1971, where it has continued to be a favorite for over 40 years. This technically makes it the oldest attraction at the park.

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Television: Raw Toonage | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | A Poem Is...
Video Games: Cinderella: Magical Dreams | Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Disney INFINITY | Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure | Disney Magical World | Cinderella Free Fall
Music: Soundtrack | 2015 Soundtrack
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Graphic Novel | Little Golden Book | Read-Along | Cinderella: A Magical Tale

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Restaurants: Cinderella's Royal Table | Fairy Godmother's Cupboard
Shops: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Parade: Main Street Electrical Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Halloween: Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | It's Good to Bad with the Disney Villains | Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night


Original characters: Cinderella | Jaq and Gus | Mice | Birds | Prince Charming | Fairy Godmother | Bruno | Major | Cinderella's Father | Lady Tremaine | Anastasia Tremaine | Drizella Tremaine | Lucifer | The King | The Grand Duke | Herald | Royal Ball Herald | Mary | Royal Guards
Sequel characters: Pom-Pom | Prudence | Beatrice and Daphne | The Baker | Flower Vendor | The Queen
Remake chracters: Cinderella's Mother | Lizard Footmen | Mr. Goose | Princess Chelina | Captain | Town Crier
Sir Francis Tremaine
Deleted Characters: Jabber | Clarissa | Professor LeFoof


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Glass Slipper | Pumpkin | Pumpkin Coach | Magic Wand | Cinderella's Dress


Film songs: Cinderella | A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes | Sing, Sweet Nightingale | Work Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly) | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | So This is Love | Perfectly Perfect | More Than a Dream | At the Ball | I Still Believe
Deleted Songs: Dancing on a Cloud | The Cinderella Work Song | The Face That I See in the Night | The Dress That My Mother Wore | Sing a Little, Dream a Little
Other Songs: All Because of a Shoe | It's Never Too Late

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