Walt Wednesday #46
Walt Disney inspecting his stable of horses that would later be installed on his King Arthur Carrousel. Not wanting anyone to feel left out, Walt insisted that everyone riding the carrousel to be on a galloping horse, also known as a jumper. After all, the infamous carrousel at Griffith Park, where Walt would take his daughters on “daddy days,” had nothing but jumper horses. The carrousel Walt purchased, with the help of Griffith Park co-owner Ross Davis, came with a mix of horses, cats, deer and giraffes for guests to ride. Walt had any other than the jumpers removed and let Davis keep them. To help achieve Walt’s wish, Davis tracked down some jumpers being stored at the Coney Island pier and George Whitney’s Playland in San Mateo, California. They were all repaired and repainted before being installed on Walt’s carrousel.
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Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".