Carousel Getting a New Name?
It has come to our attention that the literally antique carousel in Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland will be donned with a new name come June 1.
The nearly 100-year-old ride, which has been named Cinderella’s Golden Carousel since the park opened in 1971, will be called Prince Charming Regal Carousel after the close of this month. Why? Nobody is really sure, except that it must fit in with the storyline of the forthcoming Fantasyland remodel, which will have a wall separating Old Fantasyland (the village) from New Fantasyland (the castle courtyard). Since Cinderella will be getting her own cottage inside the castle grounds, perhaps they decided Prince Charming deserved something of his own out in the village.
Below is Disney’s officially published “story” to explain the new name of the attraction:
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 “carousel.”
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 carrousel 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.