Funko POP! vinyl figures have risen in cost over the course of the recent pandemic. From $12.99 CAN before to $17.99 now, that’s a significant increase! So when I saw a promotion for a $5.00 Funko when you bought three at the regular price, I decided to splurge.
The third Funko I purchased to get my discounted one was this POP! Walt Disney World 50 Minnie Mouse on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel vinyl figure:
I have a love-hate relationship with Funko. I don’t think they nail the look of the characters all of the time, and sometimes, they just seem light, uninspired, and cheap. But when they get it right, it is a magical thing!
Again, the 50th Anniversary packaging is quite nice with the reflective foil logo.
Just picking up this figure was enough to tell me that it had more value than the usual Funko. It. Is. Heavy! And the little carrousel horse it beyond cute:
I had seen this Funko earlier and passed on it because I only really noticed Minnie, which I wasn’t too taken with. But seeing the who figure together, Minnie on the horse, sold me!
Prince Charming Regal Carousel is indeed found in The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. But it began life in 1917 and was originally known as ‘The Liberty Carousel’ when it was delivered to Belle Isle Park in Detroit, Michigan. The Disney company bought it in 1967 and refurbished it before installing it at WDW in 1971.
It was originally called ‘Cinderella’s Golden Carousel’. The name was changed to better fit the continuing story of the Land the carousel is found in. According to the Disney Parks Blog, this is the current story: “Following their fairy-tale romance and happily-ever-after wedding, Cinderella and Prince Charming took up residence in Cinderella’s Castle. With peace throughout the kingdom, Prince Charming had time to practice for jousting tournaments. In the countryside near the castle, he built a training device of carved horses, on which he could practice the art of ring-spearing, a tournament event in which a knight rides his horse full speed, lance in hand, toward a small ring hanging from a tree limb, with the object of spearing the ring. This event was known by various names throughout the lands, but generally came to be called “carrousel.” The carrousel device drew the attention of the villagers, who wanted to take a turn on this amazing spinning contraption. So Prince Charming had a second carrousel constructed closer to the Castle, where everyone could take a spin on this wondrous invention. Instead of a working knight’s training device, however, this new carrousel is more befitting its regal location in the Castle Courtyard – its rustic training horses replaced with ornately decorated prancing steeds adorned with golden helmets and shields, flower garlands, feathers, and other festoons. Prince Charming invites one and all to test their horsemanship skills and to enjoy their own happy ending.”
And now you know. Who would pay to see Princess Minnie take a stab at Prince Charming’s original training carousel?