Thursday, January 05, 2012
Traveling Thursdays: Balboa Park Carousel
Disneyland isn't the only place in Southern California with a carousel; less than two miles from mi casa is the Balboa Park Carousel.
From their website:
The 1910 Balboa Park Carousel, adjacent to the San Diego Zoo, is a menagerie of animals and all but two pairs are original with hand-carved European craftsmanship. Also original are the hand-painted murals surrounding the upper portion of the carousel and the military band music. This carousel is one of the few in the world still offering the brass ring game for everyone taking the 5-minute ride.
The Carousel was built by Herschell-Spillman, then shipped to Los Angeles in 1910 and placed at Luna Park. Four years later, it was moved to Coronado and, later, to Balboa Park in anticipation of the Panama-California Exposition, which began in 1915. The Carousel received the National Carousel Association’s first Historical Carousel Award and is only one of 19 wood-carved carousels remaining along the West Coast as well as one of only two carousels west of the Mississippi River to still offer the Brass Ring.
Adding the brass ring feature to King Arthur's Carrousel would be a nice "plussing" of that attraction. What's a brass ring for? For you youthful readers, a brass ring feature means riders on the outside animal figurines get a chance to grab rings from a swinging arm. If a rider get a brass one, he gets a prize, normally a free ride.
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