New Details on the King Arthur Carrousel Refurbishment in Disneyland

Built in 1922, the King Arthur Carrousel isn’t the oldest attraction at Disneyland (that honor goes to the steam engines on the Disneyland Railroad), but it’s certainly one of the most iconic! Walt Disney famously bought and refurbished the carousel with an extra “R” from Toronto’s Sunnyside Beach Park before transporting it to Disneyland for opening day.

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland ©Disney

Now, a multi-month refurbishment has begun in Fantasyland, as this iconic attraction gets a much needed refresh. Don’t worry though; the ride will be just as you remembered it… mostly!

According to the Orange County Register, the refresh will “freshen up the hand-carved horses on the vintage merry-go-round”. While the job might be straightforward, the location and age of the attraction do complicate the seemingly simple task.

Walls have already begun to surround the carrousel.

The plan is for the team to take apart parts of the King Arthur Carrousel, removing the horses and giving them a fresh coat of paint. The construction crew will also add in sheet panels, which will be painted to match the existing design of the ride. Once that’s done, the horses will be replaced!

Jingles, the lead horse on the carrousel, is an iconic piece of Disney history.

The current scheduled reopening is around May 22nd, so we will keep you updated as the date gets closer!

Are you excited for the King Arthur Carrousel refurbishment? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Austin Lang is an Orlando local with a love of Disney, puns, and Disney puns. He's been a contributing writer for AllEars since 2019, and has been sharing his quirky view of Disney life ever since.

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