The official Disney Parks Blog has revealed that Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom will become known as the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel as of June 1.
Why the name change? Disney offers this new story behind 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 “carrousel.”
The carrousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carrousel 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.
Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel has been home to many families’ memories and several celebrity photo ops, like Miss New Jersey 2008 Amy Polumbo and Miss Delaware 2008 Brittany Dempsey pictured above from Aug. 2007. (Yes, the photo is somewhat random; it was one of few available photos of the carrousel for me when posting this.)
There will be plenty of other changes around the carrousel as part of the ongoing Fantasyland expansion in the coming years. Additional castle walls are planned to be built, separating the castle courtyard from the new Fantasyland forest, which will house Cinderella’s new elaborate meet-and-greet.
Source: Disney Parks Blog