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Grand Carousel rider enjoying her time at Kings Island

Grand Carousel

Who doesn’t remember their first ride on a carousel?

Enjoy the charm of riding a genuine antique wooden horse on this classic and timeless ride. Kings Island’s magnificent carousel was manufactured by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Philadelphia, Pa., in 1926 and is the oldest ride in the park. It is one of approximately 90 carousels built by the company from 1904 to 1934. It was officially labelled #79, and is among the 11 rides that remain that opened with Kings Island in 1972. During the 1937 flood in Cincinnati, some of the horses were swept away, but rewards were offered for them, and parts were returned from as far away as Memphis, TN. The 48 hand-carved horses have been restored several times since then. The carousel’s band organ was built by Wurlitzer in 1918. It was purchased by Kings Island in 1972 for the park’s new and valuable old carousel.

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Rider Safety Information

Min Height Accompanied <46"
Min Height Alone 46"

Rider Safety Information

  • A classic carousel with both stationary and jumper horses, as well as two chariots.
  • Guests must be 46" tall to ride alone OR be accompanied by a supervising companion. Hand-held infants are permitted in chariot seating.
  • Service animals are welcome.
  • Guests must have at least one functioning arm. Guests must also have the ability to straddle the ride unit, maintain seated postural control, have an appropriate center of gravity, and demonstrate appropriate observed behavior. Guests who do not meet these requirements 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 into the ride unit.
  • Visit our Accessibility page for additional information.
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