February 2001 – present
Paradise Pier – Follow the path on either side of the bay to reach the far end of Paradise Pier, where Mickey’s Fun Wheel and Toy Story Midway Mania sit. You will find King Triton’s Carousel in the center of this walkway, between California Screamin’ and Midway Mania.
King Triton’s Carousel made its debut along with the rest of California Adventure, in February 2001. Since it’s opening, the ride has gone through few changes, even when the rest of Paradise Pier underwent a complete overhaul from 2010-2012. At first, Imagineers planned to build a new façade for the carousel to match the new Victorian Boardwalk, but this project was scrapped in favor of other ride refurbishments. Since 2001, the Carousel has been a centerpiece of Paradise Pier, and serves as a boardwalk classic with its own Disney twist.
- Single Rider Line – no
- Fast Pass – no
- Height Requirement – none
- Duration – 2:00
Riders can choose to ride a number of aquatic animals, from otters to whales to everything in between. Once settled, riders embark on a two minute ride around the rear of Paradise Pier, with views of the boardwalk, the bay, and California Screamin’, accompanied by King Triton’s organ music. Finally, the carousel comes to a stop, and riders continue on their adventures through Paradise Pier.
MY RATING: ★★★☆☆
King Triton’s Carousel is a nice break from the chaos of the boardwalk. The music is lovely, and it’s fun to ride sea creatures not usually featured on carousels. However, the carousel is somewhat tucked away in the back of Paradise Pier, so the views from the ride are limited. That being said, the carousel is a fun stop in between coaster rides and arcade games.
Thanks to its somewhat tucked away location, the carousel generally has minimal lines. I like to visit after dark, to see the boardwalk’s nighttime glow, but there’s no bad time to visit if the park isn’t too insanely crowded.
The carousel’s full name is “King Triton’s Carousel of the Sea”.
Technically, King Triton’s Carousel is a merry-go-round, not a carousel. Carousels only feature horses, while merry-go-rounds can feature any number of animals.
The carousel hosts a total of 56 animals and two water chariots.
On the wall behind the carousel, you’ll find 16 pictures of famous California boardwalks, all dated between 1904 and 1958.