Before there was a Disney World or a Disneyland, Walt Disney used to take his daughters on Saturdays for “Daddy’s Day” activities. Frequently they would go to Griffith Park near the Disney Studio which happened to have a merry-go-round. It was here that Walt thought up the concept of having a place where he could go with his family and they could all have fun together.
This was the genesis of the idea that eventually led to the creation of Disneyland and the future Disney Theme Parks.
In 1928 the carousel went through a rehab and then was moved to Maplewood, New Jersey where it became part of Olympic Park until its closing in the mid-1960’s.
The Disney Imagineers discovered it prior to certain demolition in 1967 during a scouting trip for the to-be-built Magic Kingdom.
During a painstaking restoration process, the old Liberty Carousel became Cinderella’s Golden Carousel.
There are 18 scenes telling the story of Cinderella in panels that were added along the top of the carousel.
If you take the time you can find Cinderella’s horse which is in the 2nd row from the outside and has a gold bow on its tail.
The location that you will find the carousel located today is slightly different than its original placement.
Roy O. Disney noticed that the carousel was not centered when you viewed it through the castle opening. They repositioned it, so that now the view through the castle into Fantasyland includes a centered Cinderella’s Golden Carousel.
Take the time to check out all of the details that can be found in this special attraction and see if you can be lucky enough to claim Cinderella’s special horse for your ride.