Walt Disney bought the 1875 Dentzel carrousel for $22,000 from Sunnyside Park in Toronto, Canada.
- The handcrafted Dentzel carrousel was purchased from Sunnyside Amusement Park in Toronto, which opened in 1922. Some might believe that parts of the carrousel date back as early as 1875, but definitive records do not exist before 1922.
- Since Walt Disney wanted only jumping horses for his carrousel – not the other animals which were part of the original – additional horses were added from another at Coney Island. Each horse on King Arthur Carrousel is a hand-carved antique.
- About one in every five Disneyland park visitors takes a spin on King Arthur Carrousel.
- The King Arthur Carrousel horses are touched up daily, and every year each horse undergoes a complete refurbishment. More than 30 colors are used on the horses – no two of which are painted alike. Learn more about how the horses are restored here.
- There are a total of 72 leaping horses on King Arthur Carrousel. Walt Disney himself insisted that all horses would be leaping, so some of the original horses were reconfigured to the proper pose.
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by Erin Glover, Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios