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Differences Between a Carousel and a Merry Go Round | Explained

In this page we will solve the age-old question, what's the difference between a Carousel and a Merry Go Round?

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Differences Between Carousel and Merry Go Round

A Carousel and a Merry Go Round are almost the same with one major difference, the direction that they go. A Merry Go Round in Europe turns close-wise, while a Carousel in the United States turns counter-clockwise. The two phrases are so identical that in fact, Carousels and Merry Go Rounds can be used interchangeably. 

Don't Believe us? See for yourself.

In the below video, you'll see a Carousel located in the UK spinning clockwise throughout the entire ride.


In the next video, you'll see a Carousel in SeaWorld Orlando (United States), spin counter clockwise for the duration of the ride.


Fortunately for you now that you know the difference, you can answer it for anyone who ever wonders, and/or correct anyone who gets it wrong.

Perhaps unfortunately for you, if you're anything like us, now you will never be able to unsee this and be left forever wondering why they don't turn the same direction in both parts of the world.

How Do Carousels and Merry Go Rounds Work

According to madehow

The carousel revolves around a stationary center pole made of metal or wood. An electric motor drives a small pulley that is controlled by a clutch for smooth starts. Horse hangers are suspended from the cranks, and as they turn, the horses move up and down about 30 times per minute.