Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel Name Change: “Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel”

Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel will change its name to Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel on June 1.  We’ve updated the Carrousel’s review, touring plans and cheat sheets to reflect this name change.  No word from Disney on whether the theme or structure of the carousel will be affected.  We think the name change is in response to all of the new princess- and fairy-themed attractions going in to Fantasyland; there’s not a whole lot in that land specifically targeted to boys.

Today’s changes to the website also include minor updates to all park cheat sheets to reflect our new crowd calendar scale.  The new calendar is a hit with our readers – give it a look if you’ve not yet done so.

Len Testa

Len Testa is the co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, and has contributed to the Disneyland and Las Vegas Unofficial Guides. Most of his time is spent trying to keep up with the team. Len's email address is len@touringplans.com. You can also follow him on Twitter: @lentesta.

17 thoughts on “Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel Name Change: “Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel”

  • May 29, 2010 at 10:54 am
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    If it’s now Prince Charming’s Carrousel is the horse with the gold ribbon on its tail still Cinderella’s?

    • May 29, 2010 at 4:53 pm
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      I think Prince Charming got it in the divorce when he left to do the Shrek sequel.

      Or at least that is what TMZ said…

      • May 30, 2010 at 9:56 am
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        Almost spit my coffee out on the computer reading this Adam! Too funny!

  • May 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm
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    This is stupid. Most boys do not want to ride on a Merry-go-Round no matter the name. If they think they need more attractions for young boys maybe they should have thought of that when they were designing the expansion. Renaming a classic ride is not going to cut it.

  • May 29, 2010 at 7:42 pm
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    “We think the name change is in response to all of the new princess- and fairy-themed attractions going in to Fantasyland; there’s not a whole lot in that land specifically targeted to boys.”

    You think? I bet the average guest couldn’t tell you the proper name of the attraction if you offered them a lifetime supply of mickeybars and handed them a park map. What’s more, I don’t think the name change would encourage your average boy to ride it unless you also handed him a lance when he got on and told him to have at it.

    I’m guessing there is some overall WDI story for the addition that requires this change for some odd obscure reason. When the 3rd edition of the Field Guide comes out, it will all make sense. Maybe.

    • May 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm
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      Brian, you’re the second person this week who’s suggested jousting as the theme for this attraction. All they’d have to do is turn half the horses around to face the other way.

      • May 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm
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        Disney in their own announcement suggested it right? They said it’s a “tamer” recreation of a jousting simulator. They’re like one step away.

  • May 31, 2010 at 6:52 am
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    I’m sad about the change. I’ve looked forward to riding Cinderella’s Carrousel for over 20 years each time we visited WDW. And Yes I”ve always known the name. My son had ridden it many times as well as Dumbo. Now that my kids are older Fantasy Land doesn’t have much appeal for them. They cruise through it for me and we always ride Cinderella’s Carrousel.

  • May 31, 2010 at 7:32 am
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    I don’t believe this is an attempt by Disney to attract more boys to the carrousel. Disney is not naive enough to think that a name change alone will attract more boys to a ride. This change is about the story line that Disney has always created when building a new attraction or repurposing or “plussing” or “retheming” an attraction or area of the parks. I’m pretty sure Disney knows what they’re doing when it comes to story line and theming. I know when this whole thing is done it will all flow seamlessly. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • June 6, 2010 at 6:23 am
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