Do You Know How to Ride Cinderella’s Horse at Disney World?

A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes… and if your wish is to ride upon Cinderella’s Horse, we’re sure Fairy Godmother can help you!

When you’re visiting Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to look for a few specific details when arriving at Prince Charming’s Carousel to find the right horse!

Originally created by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for the Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan in 1917, the carousel is number 46 of the 89 manufactured by this company. It has changed somewhat since it was originally created.

When it was moved to Florida prior to Magic Kingdom’s opening in 1971, the carousel had 72 horses. In order to maximize the riders, the company removed some chariots (benches that don’t move) and added more carved horses purchased from carousel manufacturers Dentzel Carousel Company and CW Parker Company. It now holds 90 horses, and each one of them jumps, as some were modified from their stationary positions.

The carousel in Magic Kingdom is a staple to the most visited Theme Park in the world, and for good reason. A duplicated idea from its sister Park, Disneyland Park, Walt Disney was inspired to build theme parks after watching his daughters play on a merry-go-round at Griffith Park in Los Angeles, California. It is only fitting that each Disney park offers a carousel!

Originally Cinderella’s Carousel, it was renamed in June of 2010 as part of the Fantasyland Expansion. To go with the new name, a new backstory was given to the attraction. According to the backstory, after Cinderella married her prince, peace reigned in the kingdom. With no need to host a jousting tournament, “the prince created a carousel to practice ring spearing instead. The village people loved it so much, he had one created for them.” – Secondstogo.com

So how does one find and ride this special carousel horse? When you’re waiting in the queue to board this magnificent carousel, watch the ornately decorated prancing steeds pass by carefully. You may notice the large bench adorned with an eagle that Disney Guests ride on in a stationary manner. Just three rows of horses ahead of this bench, look at the second horse from the outside (typically there are four in a row).

Cinderella’s Horse has a special detail you should look for! On the second row from the outside, a gold ribbon identifies this special horse! The harness is a myriad of colors, with purple feathers and red and yellow ribbons. The neck of the beautiful white horse is adorned with roses and flower garlands! This is the only horse on the carousel with a golden ribbon around its tail.

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A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes… and if your wish is to ride upon Cinderella’s Horse, we’re sure Fairy Godmother can help you! When you’re visiting Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort, be sure to look for a few specific details when arriving at Prince Charming’s Carousel to find the right horse!…

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