When one visits Alton Towers, one likes to arrive in style. And what could be better than a troop of the queen's finest horses?
Take a spin on one of these fine steeds through The World of David Walliams and you'll be at The Tower to see the crown jewels before you know it.
The carousel arrived at Alton Towers in 1991 and was located in the plaza outside Doom & Sons on Talbot Street in the area which would later be home to the great glass elevators of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
The original rounding boards fo the ride were decorated with images of attractions from around the park and below the canopy were a team of traditional fairground horse, complete with real horsehair tails.
In 1993 Talbot Street became The Land of Make Believe and the area around Doom & Sons was closed to the public so the ride was moved into a more central location and was renamed Gallopers Carousel.
This would not be the last time the ride moved and in 1997 The Gallopers relocated to Adventure Land, along with the Beastie. The ride lived here until 2004 when it moved back to Cred Street, in order to make way for Spinball Whizzer.
In 2008 the carousel briefly relocated to the hotels as part of The Elves' Playground during the 2008 Christmas event. For 2009 Cred Street was transformed into Cloud Cuckoo Land and the carousel received a vibrant new colour scheme.
The arrival of The World of David Walliams gave the carousel a regal makeover, becoming the Royal Carousel. However, the ride did not operate in 2020, reopening in 2021 with the rest of the new area.