Sunday, September 2, 2012

DDW Pic 369. Fantasyland

Fantasyland
I took this shot a little over a month ago while giving a tour of the Magic Kingdom. I thought it was a fun angle when I lined up Prince Charming Regal Carousel with Cinderella Castle. There is an interesting story about the placement of the Carousel just before the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971. A short time before opening day, Walt Disney's brother Roy was standing on Main Street, U.S.A. looking toward Cinderella Castle. He noticed that when looking through the archway, the Carousel was slightly off center. Knowing the attention to detail that is put into any Disney park, it is no surprise that they moved the Carousel to make it perfectly centered when looking through the archway. This attraction sits in the exact same position today as it did on October 1st, 1971. Incidentally, the Carousel is the oldest attraction in all of Walt Disney World, as it was originally built in 1917.

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