With the Cinderella Castle in the background and organ music playing well-known Disney songs, a ride on the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is truly a magical experience. Located in Fantasyland, the 1917 carrousel is a nostalgic ride that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The carrousel features 90 wood-carved horses, and there are several options for riding with small kids.
You are allowed to sit on a horse holding your child strapped in front of you. If you are baby wearing, you will be asked to remove your child from the carrier. There is also a chariot where you can sit with your child.
When your child is a little bigger, you are also allowed to stand next to the horse and hold them while they are strapped in. There are five horses in each row, with the taller horses on the outside and the shorter ones on the inside. If you are short like me, it is easier to lift a child on and off the inside horses.
Finally, it’s a fun and safe way for your toddler to get to be a “big kid.” By the time my son was 2 1/2, he had to ride his own horse by himself. I am no longer allowed to even stand next to him. I now have to be on my own horse next to his. And that smile of pride and happiness each time we ride the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is always a highlight of our trip.
Tip: The carrousel does not offer FastPass+, but the wait is usually 10-15 minutes or less. Ride the carrousel in the late morning/early afternoon when wait times for other attractions are at their peak.
Pros: Everyone in your family can ride and enjoy the carrousel! Wait times are never too long. There’s also flexibility on how you ride with your child.
Considerations: The carrousel is scheduled to be closed for refurbishment 4/24/17 – 5/18/17.