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The Grand Carousel

Enjoy a Timeless Classic

The Carowinds carousel is a living piece of amusement park history. Built in 1923 during America’s “carousel golden age” by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (#67 of 87 ever made), it features 68 hand-carved wooden horses and chariots.

Throughout the ages, this popular amusement park ride has gone by many names – carousel, roundabout and merry-go-round. But one element never changes – the world’s love for a simple ride that goes around and around to a soundtrack of cheery music. The setting is a treat in itself: when you step onto the carousel’s platform, you’re engulfed in amazing artistry with hand-painted murals overhead and intricately crafted characters just waiting to be chosen for a ride. After taking special care to choose the host ride that’s perfect for them, guests young and young at heart will experience pure joy and delight as they spin on this timeless ride. What’s more, it’s a great place to grab a bit of shade on a sunny day. Fun idea for parents: Ask your children what type of energy they think makes The Grand Carousel go around. Solar? Steam? Magnetic?

Height Requirement: 46" minimum, or accompanied by a supervising companion. Hand-held infants must ride in a chariot. 

Rider Safety Information

Min Height Accompanied <46"
Min Height Alone 46"

Rider Safety Information

  • A carousel ride which features stationary and jumping animals along with chariot seating mounted on a circular platform that rotates counter-clockwise.
  • Guests under 46” tall must be seated in a chariot or on the middle row of horses and be held by a supervising companion who is standing on the platform between the horses; only one rider per horse.
  • Guests who cannot hold onto a horse with one functioning arm must be seated with a supervising companion in a chariot.
  • Guests must have the ability to straddle the horse on which they are riding.
  • Guests with only one functioning leg that are unable to straddle the horse must ride in a chariot.
  • Guests who cannot enter or exit the ride safely, do not have seated postural control, an appropriate center of gravity, or do not demonstrate appropriate observed behavior must ride in a chariot and be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Guests with a full leg cast must ride in a chariot. 
  • Alternate Access is available at the ride exit. Riders will have to take several steps, on their own or with the assistance of a companion, and be capable of stepping up onto an unsteady platform.
  • Service animals are permitted to accompany the rider on the ride platform or in a chariot.
  • Visit our Guest Assistance Guide for additional accessibility information.
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