Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Disneyland Construction Series: King Arthur’s Carrousel

Poor King Arthur Carrousel; couldn’t even get its own attraction poster. It had to share with Dumbo and the Teacups. Not only that, it has suffered the indignity of having to be moved almost 30 years after its construction. Nevertheless, it is still a guest favorite and stands in the heart of Fantasyland. The concept art and the final production are very close in detail:

The horses that the Disney team gathered for the Carrousel were not exactly what Walt wanted, so much work had to be done to them. Some had to be converted to jumpers, and obviously, a little bit of paint had to be added, too. Here are some shots of the horses in their scrubbed state, with the markings of what color was to be applied where.

After the conversion process, these beauties sat at the Burbank studio awaiting their move to Anaheim; note the Casey Junior vehicle and carriage in the background. These photos are from June 1955.

And here is the Carrousel itself under construction:

The Carrousel is still a jewel in Fantasyland, especially at night:

Meanwhile, Disneyland fanatics should check out this new DVD, recently released:

Giving you a tour of Disneyland in Anaheim, this DVD uses photos from my collection as well as Matterhorn’s & The Major’s. It blows away the low-budget looking Extinct Attractions stuff and is as educational as it is entertaining. Daveland highly recommends it! Follow this link to order it!

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Thufer said...

very nice captures of the horses in burbank prior to opening.

very good informative post.

Major Pepperidge said...

I still love the Carousel, even though it isn't a priority ride anymore. It sure was fun to ride with my niece and nephew though!

Peter said...

I'm going to admit a secret.. I never knew the carousal at Disneyland was King Arthur’s Carousel. I always thought it was tied to Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty somehow.
But this is why I visit your blog, to further my Disney education.