Wednesday, September 5, 2012

King Arthur Carrousel in Disneyland

The Happiest Place on Earth

King Arthur Carrousel
Ponies prance in the evening glow in Fantasyland.  No two of this unique merry-go-round's 72 horses are alike, even though they're all white.

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Of the carousel's 71 horses and one mule, most were carved in the Dentzel factory in the late 19th and early 20th century. To add the outermost course, several carved wooden horses were acquired from a Stein and Goldstein carousel, others from Coney Island's Looff carousel, and more carved horses from various other carousels from around North America. Many horses arrived with crude repairs, such as newspaper-stuffed papier-mâché legs. Standers on the original three rows were converted to jumpers by removing the legs and carving new ones. Custom-built crankshafts were installed overhead to operate each horse as a jumper in motion.

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