Walt Disney World’s Oldest Ride
One could argue that the oldest ride is actually a tie between all 23 opening day attractions. This is because they all opened on the same date, October 1st, 1971. However, we think there’s only one ride that can rightfully claim the title as Walt Disney World’s oldest ride.
The oldest ride at Disney World is Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Even though it was one of Magic Kingdom’s opening day attractions, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is older than other attractions because it was originally built in 1917 by The Philadelphia Toboggan Company.
Known then as “The Liberty Carousel,” Prince Charming Regal Carrousel first appeared at Belle Isle Park in Michigan and then Olympic Park in Maplewood, New Jersey before Disney acquired it for Magic Kingdom.
Since its history pre-dates any other ride, you could argue that Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is the oldest ride at Walt Disney World.
That said, the answer is open for debate.
For example, since The Jungle Cruise and Mad Tea Party were opening day attractions both at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, so you could say they’re older than other opening day attractions since they debuted at Disneyland’s opening day in July 1955.
However, if there can be only one to claim the title as the oldest Disney World ride, we’re still going with Prince Charming Regal Carrousel!