The centerpiece of the Boardwalk neighborhood is be a one-of-a-kind carousel – the first- ever at sea. Hand-crafted from poplar wood and especially created for Royal Caribbean International, this full-sized, traditional carousel took eight months to complete. It features 21 figures suspended from stainless steel poles showcasing a time-honored menagerie of animals such as zebras, giraffes and lions, alongside a variety of hand-painted horses including a princess horse and a crowned frog prince.
- Height: 22 ft (6.7 meters)
- Diameter: 23 ft (7 meters)
- Each figure weighs 40–60 lbs (18–27 Kilos) with the “chariot” weighing 149 lbs (67 kilos)
- All figures have glass eyes of different colors and sizes.
- 21 sets of glass eyes, each approximately 1-inch wide
- 31 gallons (177 liters) of paint and 4–5 coats of sealant to protect against salt water conditions. Shore-side carousels normally have 2–3 coats of sealant
- 130 sq ft (12 meters squared) of real gold leaf gilding
- 1,800 ft (549 meters) of wiring is used in the carousel, primarily for lighting
- Uses approximately 200 light bulbs
- Constructed by Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio.
Carousel build history
The walkway to the Boardwalk and carousel display a carousel horse in stages of creation
The earliest shape: glued-together chunks of wood
The displays show several steps in each stage.
The painting step
Finished! (And ready to gallop onto the carousel)