Merry-Go-Round
Knotts Berry Farm
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Merry-Go-Round

Unaccompanied Height: 46 inches
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The height requirement is:
  • 46 inches tall to ride
  • or accompanied by a supervising companion to ride

Posted Friday April 1st 2022

Merry-Go-RoundOne of the world's oldest working Dentzel carousels

Knott's Berry Farm Merry Go Round
Merry Go Round

Knott's Berry Farm Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round at Night

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Dentzel Carousel
Dentzel Carousel
Knott's classic wooden carousel was carved at the turn-of-the-century in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shop of Gustav A. Dentzel. The young Dentzel had come to America in 1864 after learning the carousel carving trade from his father Michael in their native Germany. Seven years later, Gustav produced America's first amusement park carousel.

The carousel pioneer died in 1909, but one of his sons, William, took over the business and continued the family tradition for twenty years. At the time of William's death in 1928, the Dentzel shop had become the model and benchmark by which all other carousel makers were Judged.

Dentzel carousels were characterized by the excellence of their craftsmanship and were famous for their intricately carved menagerie animals and realistic looking horses.

Of the many carousels produced by the Dentzel family from 1867 to 1928, fewer than two dozen remain today.

Knott's carousel has a two level platform with 52 animals and two chariots and is considered to be one of the finest examples of the golden age of the carousel still In operation. It is 52 feet in diameter with a 25 foot high center post made of Canadian spruce. All of the brass poles are original.

Among the famous carvers whose work is represented on this carousel are Daniel and Alfred Muller, Salvatore Cernigliaro, and E. Joy Morris.

The carousel was originally located at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In 1936 it was moved to Brady Park in Canton, Ohio. It was brought to Buena Park by Walter Knott in 1955 and was placed in its present location in 1987.

There are two antique band organs to provide music, manufactured by the famed Wurlitzer Company.

Knott's Berry Farm is pleased to let you share-for one wondrous, whirling moment-the magic of this American treasure.

The Jester's head mounted above is from a carousel made by William H Dentzel, Gustav's son, circa 1920.

Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round Lion
Lion

Merry Go Round Camel
Camel

Merry Go Round Camel

Merry Go Round White Horse
White Horse

Merry Go Round White Horse

Merry Go Round Brown Horse
Brown Horse

Merry Go Round Brown Horse

Merry Go Round Black Horse
Black Horse

Merry Go Round Black Horses

Merry Go Round White Horse
White Horse

Merry Go Round Dark Brown Horse
Dark Brown Horse

Merry Go Round Dark Brown Horse

Merry Go Round Giraffe
Giraffe

Merry Go Round Giraffe

Merry Go Round Giraffe
Giraffe

Merry Go Round Giraffe

Merry Go Round Tan Horse
Tan Horse

Merry Go Round Chariot
Chariot

Merry Go Round Rabbits
Rabbits

Merry Go Round Patriotic Horse
Patriotic Horse

Merry Go Round Pigs
Pigs

Merry Go Round Cowboys and Indians Horses
Cowboys and Indians Horses

Merry Go Round Goat
Goat

Merry Go Round Ostriches
Ostriches

Merry Go Round Osctriches

Merry Go Round Zebras
Zebras

Merry Go Round Art San Antonio De Padua
San Antonio De Padua

Merry Go Round Art Santa Ines
Santa Ines

Merry Go Round Art Discovery of Gold Sutter's Mill
Discovery of Gold Sutter's Mill

Merry Go Round Art San Juan Batasta
San Juan Batasta

Merry Go Round Art Fremont
Fremont

Merry Go Round Art Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz

Merry Go Round Art Spanish Governor of California
Spanish Governor of California

Merry Go Round Art La Purisima
La Purisima

Merry Go Round Art Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara

Merry Go Round Art San Buenaventura
San Buenaventura

Merry Go Round Art Father Serra
Father Serra

Merry Go Round Art Santa Clara De Asis
Santa Clara De Asis

Merry-Go-Round Safety Guide
Safety Guide
  • Riders must be 46" tall to ride or accompanied by a supervising companion to ride.
  • Remain seated facing forward in an upright position and hold on until the ride comes to a complete stop.
  • Guest standing next to a child must stand on the interior side.
  • Hand held infants permitted only in chariot.
  • No side-saddle, backwards or double riding.
  • Service animals are permitted.
  • The state inspection certification for this attraction can be viewed at the security office.
  • Failure to comply will all posted safety rules may result in ejection from the park.
  • Alternate access via the exit to the right. Ambulatory: Guests must be able to walk independently or be assisted by a member of their party.