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Disney Frozen Mini Carousel - Wind-up version (4 1/2" tall)

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  • As we all know, Walt would take his young daughters Diane and Sharon to Griffith Park in Los Angeles where he would sit nearby as they rode the merry-go-round. As the story goes, this was how the idea of Disneyland first came to him. So it's no surprise that Walt wanted a carousel to be included in his new park. It's interesting to note, all of the horses on the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round are jumpers, something Walt insisted upon when searching for a carousel for Disneyland. The first picture is of the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, the second, an early concept drawing for Disneyland.

    Despite the many thrill rides that fill the Orlando park, the carousel at Disney remains a popular draw, and Morgan is not surprised. To many, he believes, it brings back the nostalgia of their childhood, when they were too young to ride roller coasters — and the classic merry-go-round was both scary and exciting.

  • Despite the many thrill rides that fill the Orlando park, the carousel at Disney remains a popular draw, and Morgan is not surprised. To many, he believes, it brings back the nostalgia of their childhood, when they were too young to ride roller coasters — and the classic merry-go-round was both scary and exciting.

    I remember (I think!) seeing a carousel in the magic journeys 3D movie that used to be shown at the imagination pavilion in Epcot. The young boy was riding it and trying to grab a spinning gold ring. So there was another carousel in Disney World and that one also highlighting the original use with the ring.
    The mention of the smaller horses made me smile at the memory of my wife (then fiancée) getting on one of the smaller horses on her first carousel ride at the Magic Kingdom. She would be the first to admit that she is below average height so chose the “lower” smaller horse, unfortunately for her when the ride ended her horse was at the top or it’s rise, so it was now a long way down for her to get off. We still laugh at that.
    Thanks for the memories Jack.

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