For years, little girls have dreamed about coming to Walt Disney World, running to the Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom to ride Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel. They feel like princesses riding their steeds, especially if they were lucky enough to get what was supposedly “Cinderella’s Horse”. This past week, Disney made a move to change this vision from just little princesses to young princes flocking to the carrousel. This new vision was made a possibility by a simple name change, from Cinderella’s Golden Carousel to Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel.
Along with this new name obviously had to come a new storyline for the carrousel. The story takes place after the wedding of Cinderella and Prince Charming. The prince and princess are living very happily in their castle and Prince Charming has begun practicing for Jousting tournaments. The carrousel is what he invented, a spinning horse device to help train with. The villagers in his kingdom found the device to be very unique and enjoyed riding on it. The Prince ordered a second one made and had it placed in the castle courtyard for all of his subjects to enjoy and thus, we have Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel. Of course, the carrousel in the courtyard is much fancier than the one used for training, with feathers and shields adorning the horses.
The general consensus floating around about this change to the classic attraction is that it was completely unnecessary and some are even quite upset about the change, saying that even with the storyline, there is nothing very masculine about a carrousel. The change has been made official though, with new signs adorning the attraction, so us visiting “villagers” to the Prince’s courtyard will just have to go along for the ride.
And, for those of you who were always wondering why Disney spells “Carrousel” the way it does, it is because it refers to a French form of horsemanship that replaced jousting called carrousel with the two “r”s. This game had man and horse performing routines with fancy costumes for royalty. This spelling was originally used because of the French origins the Disney’s Cinderella came from, but with the new name and storyline, it seems to be an even better fit.
Contributed by: Jessica C. (NDI#21). Jessica is our resident “Gossip Girl” and creator of The True Disney Fan Blog.