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Which theme park carousel do you consider to be the most beautiful?

There are all kinds of carousels.

From Daniel Etcheberry
Posted April 25, 2011 at 9:08 PM
My favorite is the one in Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure. Beautiful design and lots of detail.


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From Randall Peek
Posted April 25, 2011 at 10:05 PM
I am partial to the carousel at Disneyland. I have not been there in many years, so I don't know the current name. 72 white horses, all individualized through their livery and their various poses, and all of them in motion. One of my biggest complaints is merry-go-rounds that claim to be carousels. Does it have benches? Sorry, not a carousel. Are there animals other than horses? Sorry, not a carousel. Are some of the horses stationary? Sorry, not a carousel. Nothing wrong with being a merry-go-round, but just as not all sparkling wines are champagne, so too for merry-go-rounds and carousels.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted April 26, 2011 at 2:56 AM
Six Flags Over Georgia has a stunningly beautiful carousel, which was re-located from Riverview Park, in or near Chicago. It's very old, and extremely well kept. Some of the carvings are quite erotic, and the ride is housed in a wooden pavilion, an oasis on a hot day down south. There are wooden chairs/lounges throughout the structure.

Although I didn't ride it, there was a carousel at Kentucky Kingdom that was crafted as giant musical instruments. Bear Mountain has a great one with really unusual animals. I'm partial to Cedar Point and Rye's racing horse rides, but I really don't consider them carousels.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 26, 2011 at 9:24 PM
I am going to say Six Flags Great America's is pretty impressive. Its two floors!

Intersting about the SFGa one, especially since SFGA is MUCH closer to Riverview than GA

From Lauren Hayhurst
Posted April 27, 2011 at 1:12 AM
The only one I can really remember clearly and that made a massive impressive when I was 6 years old, is Cinderella's at Magic Kingdom. I've heard (or read) that one particular horse belongs to Cinders, does anyone know how to identify it?!

From Elizabeth Gray
Posted April 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM
Of the Traditional, Hands down goes to The Knoebels Antique Carousel.

Non-Traditional, the one in Seuss Landing in Islands of Adventure.

From TH Creative
Posted April 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM
Saw the topic and KNEW RIGHT AWAY what Aye-Murf was gonna toss on the thread!

From Adam Nodjomian
Posted April 28, 2011 at 7:07 PM
Lauren, Cinderella's horse can be identified by a golden ribbon on the tail. Fun to try and find if you get the chance. I can tell you from expereince that it is not the easiest thing to find.

From Hermione Potter
Posted April 28, 2011 at 7:21 PM
Lauren, the carousel has changed hands - it belongs to Prince Charming now! So I don't know if Cinderella still has her own horse on it anymore...

Edit: Guess I wasn't fast enough! That's good to know. It's my favorite too, I should've mentioned.

From Andrew Swanson
Posted May 3, 2011 at 1:03 PM
Caravan Carousel at Tokyo DisneySEA. It's a double deckered piece of eye candy themed to characters and creatures from Aladdin. The ride is surrounded by its own show building whose theming and facade rivals some of the best dark rides out there. And it's tucked in the corner of the courtyard that also includes the Magic Lamp Theatre, a middle-eastern inspired food court, and a beautifully decorated water fountain. The fountain is converted in summer time to the stage for the bonfire dance, which can be seen from the top deck of the carousel. This is truly a theme park experience worth much more than the sum of its parts.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted May 3, 2011 at 9:41 PM
Well, SFGA DOES have a nice one! Its one of the few things that they can compete with other parks. Its really hard to screw up a merry go round.

Then again, I wanted to try to be a little different since I knew Cinderella (or Prince Charming's) Carosel was going to be menntioned.

From Scott B
Posted May 4, 2011 at 11:46 AM
To me this is easy. The Crescent Park Carousel located in East Providence RI. I think it was built around 1895. The detail is jaw droppingly amazing. They have done a great job preserving all of the original rich detail. Pictures don't do it justice. You have to see it in person.

Less of a ride and more of a work of art.

From David Sutter
Posted May 4, 2011 at 12:44 PM
I'll go with Great Adventures. Its was bulit in 1881 by Fredrick Savage fir Patrina Q
Williams Circus Show in England. It rotates counter clock wise. And has a 89 key gavioli Pipe Organ. The Attraction openned with the park and at the time was run buy steam. And for safty reasons converted in in 1977 to electric. As the ride picks up speed the gallopers swing out about 10inchs to keep you planted in seat. In the beginning you needed to climb up 4 stairs to the ride platform before being made accessable to all guest with the instalation of ramps and platform. The poles are all turnned brass, and the topper is hand painted with wild animals. This turly is a wonderful feast for the eyes and while beautiful durning the day it becomes spectaculer at night. Once can amost see victorians of england flocking to it in their finery.

From Mike Gallagher
Posted May 4, 2011 at 4:36 PM
David,

GA's carousel runs clockwise, not counter-clockwise as you stated. That's what makes it unique..I think there may be only one other in the U.S. Stateside carousels run counter-clockwise pretty much as a rule.

From David Sutter
Posted May 5, 2011 at 4:39 AM
Sorry Mike your right ...my bad! didnt know what I was thinking

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