The 68 horses of King Arthur Carousel at Disneyland
As we learned during the Walk in Walt’s Footsteps Tour, the oldest attraction at Disneyland is the King Arthur Carousel.
We made it a goal to ride on the Jingles horse during our last trip.
It’s not easy because everyone wants to ride on her.
We literally had to run to Jingles once the cast member opened the ride’s gate.
Interesting fact: All the horses on the carousel are trotters.
The carousel was built by in Canada in 1875 and every horse on the carousel has a name. You can pick up a complete list of the carousel horse’s names at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. (free).
Tom Hanks, as Walt Disney, riding on Jingles in the movie Saving Mr. Banks.
Jingles is the carousel’s lead horse and was Walt’s favorite horse.
She made an appearance in the 2013 Disney movie “Saving Mr. Banks”. (We got to go to the movie’s world premier in December 2013 when we were working at Disney World!)
Jingles is named for her beautiful straps of jingle bells hanging from her saddle and mantle.
For Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, Jingles was repainted and trimmed in real 18K gold leaf.
Jingles was ceremoniously dedicated to Dame Julie Andrews on April 8, 2008.
Jingles in all her glory.
Her saddle honoring the 50th anniversary of “Mary Poppins” and Dame Julie Andrews. 18K gold! So shiny!
Close up of Jingle’s golden bells. Everyone wants to ride on Jingles! She’s the best!! We had to run to get to her first!
Jingles most famous rider, Mary Poppins.
We’ve actually gotten to ride on Jingles several times now:
Me & Jingles
Riding the carousel with Ian. ❤
Mary Poppins’ umbrella!
And look who else showed up to ride today:
Belle and the Beast!
Belle waved at us! 🙂
Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
Lions and Tigers and Strollers, Oh My!
This is not Caroline’s first time in the Disney College Program. Along with her sister, she was previously accepted into the program a few years earlier. Back in Colorado, Caroline was wishing for a little more pixie dust to brighten up her life. On a whim, she decides to apply to the exclusive Disney Alumni Summer Program.
Now that she’s back, things get wild.
Wild, as in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Caroline is assigned to work in Stroller Rental. While not the most glamorous position in the park, it’s often ground zero for humanity at its best and at its worst.
While Caroline makes many “Magical Moments” for deserving guests whose pixie dust has gone temporarily sideways, she also receives magical moments of her own through the friendships she makes, going to Disney cast member exclusive events, and all the spectacular dining opportunities at Disney World.
Caroline tells all – from the ins and outs of Disney’s secret training class called Traditions; to learning how to be a happy cast member during on-the-job training; to what it’s like to interact with fellow cast members and the guests who are ready to explore the most magical place on earth.
Join Caroline as she takes you on a wild ride through her adventures in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. But be careful, it’s a jungle out there!
Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.
Book link on Amazon.com: Adventures in the Animal Kingdom
Adventure is out there!
About the Author:
Caroline’s love for all things Disney, and desire to grow up to be a Disney princess, is the reason she always wanted to work for Disney. Her dream came true working as a cast member at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Caroline is the co-author of the book, Two Girls and a Mouse Tale, about her adventures working at Disney World with her sister.
She is currently a 7th grade middle school Social Studies teacher in Colorado.
Daily blog link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/
Welcome to Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
Two Disney Sisters