Boardwalk Inn Carousel

Disney's Boardwalk Inn has plenty of "rare finds," including a beautiful scale model carousel located front and center in the entryway of the resort.

Illions Carousel in Entryway of Boardwalk InnIllions Carousel in Entryway of Boardwalk Inn

The authentic carousel was designed in the 1920s by premier carousel craftsman M.C. Illions. The miniature features figures decorated with stunning color and detail, glittering "jewels," expressions, and even hidden Mickeys.

Carousel At NightCarousel At Night

Hidden Mickey HorseHidden Mickey Horse

Carousel HorsesCarousel Horses

Carousel BenchCarousel Bench

Illions flagIllions flag

And the best part about the carousel? Every hour it comes alive, lighting up and twirling to classic Boardwalk music.

Have you watched the carousel? Let us know in the comments section below!

JeffC wrote on Fri, 04/22/2011 - 00:37:

Wow, I did not know all this! Thanks Brad! We always give it a glance in passing, but have never looked that closely. That's worth paying more attention to, especially the hidden Mickey horse and the Bench (that's cool!)

I would love to see it come to life so we need to do that next visit.

Great info!

Ramona wrote on Fri, 04/22/2011 - 01:41:

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I am a DVC member and stayed at the Boardwalk at least 6 to 8 times and have never seen it move and play! I totally enjoyed the video and will look forward to hanging around for it to play this summer!

JoAnn wrote on Sun, 04/24/2011 - 01:54:

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I will try to see this on my next Disney trip.

worldfanatic wrote on Mon, 04/25/2011 - 22:02:

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This carousel gave me a magical moment on my trip last July.
It was the last day of our stay at the Boardwalk Villas. As we prepared to transfer over to the Wilderness Lodge for the rest of our vacation, I sat on the bench below the carousel to take in some final moments in the lobby.
Even though we had stay there before, I also wasn't aware it came alive every hour. Of course it did at that moment.

Fantastic!! A great way to say goodbye to the Boardwalk.

I've stayed or visited all the Disney Resorts several times.
The Boardwalk is my FAVORITE!!!
We'll be back this December.

admin wrote on Tue, 04/26/2011 - 04:03:

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So glad you guys enjoyed this post! I've always been a huge fan of the Boardwalk carousel, but it can be a little creepy when it lights up and begins its show in the middle of the night! :-)

Marcia Salans wrote on Wed, 02/15/2012 - 01:34:

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My great grandfather was MC Illions the carver of this carousel and I am thrilled it has such a wonderful home and can be seen by so many appreciative people!

Phyllis wrote on Thu, 11/11/2021 - 15:53:

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