When you see Disneyland’s horses trotting down Main Street, have you ever stopped to think about where they might live when they’re not making appearances in the park? Disneyland’s horses have their very own ranch to call home nearby the park! Circle D Ranch is a beautiful 5.5 acre property where all of the horses Guests see live and train, and they recently welcomed some new horses!
Five new horses recently joined the team of Cast Members at the Disneyland Resort, where they like their human “coworkers” will soon be making magic for Guests in the parks.
Dublin, a four-year-old Belgian and Percheron cross just arrived at Circle D from Ontario California. Disney Cast Members shared that he is already showing lots of affection to his caretakers and he has an enormous personality. Another Percheron is Pumpkin, who is only one and a half years old. Cast Members have noted that she is very sweet and we love her long ears!
There are also two Clydesdales, Champ and his half brother Chip, who came to Disneyland from Montana. And then there is Lily, from Ohio who Cast Members say is always thrilled to be in the spotlight (perfect for a Disneyland horse!)
The horses you see in Disneyland and who live at Circle D Ranch can be any breed, as they are chosen for the role based on their intelligence and willingness to learn new things. They also of course, need to love spending time with people.
All of these horses, and the others who already call the ranch home, go through a training process that is totally individualized to each horse taking about six months to a year to complete. The training includes exercises that build trust and respect between themselves and the other horses and their fellow human Cast Members while also strengthening their coordination and learning commands.
Keep an eye out on your next trip to Disneyland, you may just see some of their newest horses!