Today we mark the 55th anniversary of a Disneyland attraction very close to my heart. On June 10, 1960, Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland opened in Frontierland. As a child growing up in Anaheim, my family would visit Disneyland several times a year. I always asked to go on the mules first. I was excited even standing in the queue, on the wooden planks laid next to the trail, just to be close to these four-legged transports. Once in the saddle, I was transformed, dreaming my own wild west dreams, as the mules carried us over the Frontierland terrain and into the town of Rainbow Ridge. It’s not unrealistic to think that the love I have for horses was born in those moments.
For readers not old enough to have enjoyed the Disneyland mule attraction in one of its three iterations, (Mule Pack from 1955-1959, Rainbow Ridge Pack Mules, and Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland from 1960-1973) you can still share some of the nostalgia when riding on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The town of Rainbow Ridge, once home to the mules carrying would-be cowboys and cowgirls like myself, still stands in the shadow of the mountain.
Today I’m happy to share a video of our new baby goats at Disneyland park. Bernard and Bianca have been visiting with the guests at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm for a few weeks now, but we were able to capture this footage on their very first day out! We even had help from one of the herd, Lock, who proudly wore a “Goat-Pro” camera around his neck. Take a minute to share in the fun, and if you can, hurry out to Disneyland park to see the baby goats for yourself!
Today we’re sharing part three of Duke’s “Journey to Main Street.” Throughout this series, we’ve seen that Duke, in addition to being a beautiful horse, is exceptionally well-suited for his new role at Disneyland park. As it turns out, Duke had previous experience pulling a tourist trolley in nearby Temecula, Calif. This experience, coupled with his outgoing personality, helped Circle D cast members choose Duke to join the Disneyland Equine Team.
And, as you’ve seen in parts one and two, our expert trainers worked with Duke over the course of a year to ensure his onstage success. I hope you’ll take a look here, as our newest equine star takes the final steps of his journey and officially joins the Main Street, U.S.A., team.
In part two of our series on Duke’s training for Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, Lead Equine Trainer Jennifer Gable describes the next steps in Duke’s preparations to become a Main Street horse. You’ll see Jennifer and Equine Trainer Cindy Moser helping Duke gain the confidence and calm demeanor instrumental to onstage success. Don’t miss this next step of Duke’s journey!
In two previous Disney Parks Blog videos, you’ve seen Duke, one of the newest Circle D horses, doing ground work exercises and ground driving training backstage.
Now I’m happy to share with you the first of a three-part series showing Duke’s preparations to pull the street car on Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park. In this segment, Equine Trainer Cindy Moser explains the foundation for Main Street training, and you’ll see Duke experience his new working environment for the first time.
Although Disney Parks Blog readers may be most familiar with my posts focusing on our horses at the Disneyland Resort, we have other types of animals here as well. Specifically, I’m talking sheep! In today’s video you’ll meet Jacquie Keane, a Circle D Barn Lead, who’s been working with animals, and shearing sheep, since she was nine years old. Please take a look as Jacquie demonstrates the art of the clippers – sheep style!
A few weeks ago we asked you, the Disney Parks Blog readers, to help us name our new baby goats at the Disneyland Resort. With more than 4,000 votes counted, we’re pleased to announce the winning names are Bernard and Bianca! A big thank you to the readers who voted.
Bernard and Bianca will be making their debut at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm in Frontierland near the end of February. Be sure to stop by and welcome our two new cast members!
True, it’s not quite spring yet, but there are new arrivals at Circle D Corral at the Disneyland Resort. Take a look at these sweet little cuddlers, 11 weeks old today. The spotted brown goat is a boy, and the spotted black goat is a girl.
These two Nigerian Dwarf goats came to the Disneyland Resort from Amber Waves Farm in Norco, Calif. Nigerian Dwarf goats are popular as pets due to their gentle, friendly nature. We’re sure they’ll be happy to see you when they make their debut at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm in early February.
In the meantime, you can help us name the new babies, or “kids,” as baby goats are called. Choose between one of the four pairs of names below and rally your friends to make sure your favorite names win!
Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26, and we’ll reveal the winning names soon!
In the latest in our series of Disneyland Resort horse training videos, we’ll see Duke working on his ground driving skills with Circle D Equine Trainer Cindy Moser. To a casual observer, ground driving looks like the trainer is simply driving a horse without a cart, but these exercises are an ideal way to develop a horse’s strength, fitness and coordination. And for a new Disneyland Resort horse, these skills are another achievement on the path to pulling the trolley on Main Street, U.S.A.
See the posts below for more on training the horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland park:
Here in Southern California, many of our beach communities celebrate the holidays with boat parades through local harbors. But just a bit inland in Norco, Calif., also known as “Horsetown USA,” the festivities involve a different kind of transportation.
For 10 years now, Norco’s Horsetown Parade of Lights has featured equine units aglow with colorful lights and seasonal decorations. Disneyland Resort participated for the first time this year and was awarded First Place in the Horse Drawn Equestrian unit! Take a look at the festive fun as Circle D’s own “jingle horses” parade down Norco’s main thoroughfare.