Hello horse fans! It’s time for another inside look at some of our four-legged cast members at Circle D Ranch at the Disneyland Resort.
This is Danny.
Danny is a Clydesdale draft horse. He is 9 years old, weighs 1700 lbs and stands 17.3 hands or almost 5’8”. He came to the Disneyland Resort from Somewhere Farms in San Diego, Calif.
Fun fact: Danny is very affectionate with his Circle D pals when they are turned out in the corral. He uses his face to scratch and groom his friends and loves it when they reciprocate!
This is Lucky.
Lucky is also a Clydesdale draft horse. He is 11 years old, weighs 1640 lbs, and is the same height as Danny at 17.3 hands. And like Danny, he came from Somewhere Farms. Lucky shares Danny’s enthusiasm for playtime in the corral and has been known to cause quite the commotion! Lucky works on Main Street, U.S.A., and at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm, where he enjoys an occasional nap when not meeting our Disneyland park guests. Disney Parks Blog readers will also recognize Lucky from his recent gig as the Valentine’s Day carriage horse in the Downtown Disney District.
Reggie is a shire draft horse. He’s 13 years old and weighs 1800 lbs. He stands 17.1 hands, or 5’7”, at the spot just at the end of his neck.
Fun fact: Reggie and his coach partner, Brother, were in the “Give a Day, Get a Day” television commercial along with Miss Piggy, Taye Diggs and a few of their Muppet friends. He also competes in horse shows for the Disneyland Resort and really seems to enjoy any kind of special attention that comes along with it!
This is Brother.
He’s also a shire draft horse. Brother and Reggie have the same dad and came to the Disneyland Resort together from Blackpark Farms in Canada. Brother and Reggie are the same age, and have the same height and weight, which is why it’s often hard to tell them apart. (Hint: Brother is the one with the pink nose).
Fun fact: Brother is not a “morning horse” and prefers to spend the morning sleeping in the sun and working the later shifts.
I’ll be back soon to introduce you to more of our equine cast members, so keep an eye here on the Disney Parks Blog.
Still searching for a Valentine’s Day treat for your loved one? Would a romantic ride in a horse drawn carriage fit the bill? This weekend at the Disneyland Resort, you can snuggle with your loved one as hooves clip clop on the path through the Downtown Disney District and the gardens of the Disneyland Hotel. The ride fee of $25 includes a souvenir 5” x 7” photo. Rides are offered tonight and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Your equine chauffeur for a Valentine carriage ride is Circle D’s own Lucky. Lucky is a Clydesdale who can also be seen pulling the Horse-Drawn Street Car on Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland park. The stately white carriage behind him is a known as a “vis à vis”, which is French for face to face, but we have a feeling true Valentines will sit side by side!
For this occasion, Finn is wearing a special saddle blanket adorned with the Chinese symbol of good fortune. Finn is relatively new to the Disneyland Resort, but he’s very friendly and loves to have his picture taken; guests can even have their photo taken with Finn throughout the celebration.
In addition, guests who visit the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration can see a variety of performers as well as some favorite Disney characters. And for snacking, there’s a special Year of the Horse sourdough bread!
As an animal lover and cat owner, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to produce a video with Grumpy Cat showing her Disney Side. You may have heard the warning about working with animals, but Grumpy Cat (despite her name) was delightful. With the help of ace cameraman, Mike Uribe, and our other top-notch crew members, we were able to tell the story of Grumpy Cat’s visit to Disneyland park.
When Grumpy Cat (whose real name is Tardar Sauce) met Grumpy for the first time, the visuals were so magical, we had a hunch that the video might be popular. But we never imagined how much. To date, “Grumpy Cat Finds Her Disney Side” has more than 1.2 million views, and it rose to the top 10 all-time videos on the DisneyParks YouTube channel in less than a week.
I guess you can’t underestimate the power of a frowning feline to make people smile.
A tradition since 1924, the Anaheim Halloween Parade delights viewers with spooky surprises, festive floats and energetic musicians. This year, parade-goers had a special treat: Minnie Mouse!
Seated in a regal carriage, with Disneyland Resort Ambassador Megan Navarette at her side, the seasonally attired duo were pulled by Circle D horses, Reggie and Brother. We were there as Circle D cast members prepped the handsome steeds for their strut down the streets of Anaheim. Look closely to see Reggie’s ears perk up at the mention of a certain mouse!
For many of us, meetings are a part of our everyday life. But for horses, goats, sheep and even birds? You wouldn’t think so – unless those very animals are the lucky cast members of Circle D Ranch. As part of their training, these furry and feathered friends regularly “take a meeting” with the cast members behind the scenes at the Disneyland Resort. Check out the video from one of these unusual gatherings below, hosted by the Disney Parks Blog’s own Erin Glover.
When I heard that “The Lone Ranger” world premiere at Disney California Adventure park would include a live appearance from the equine star, Silver, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to meet the handsome steed and his veteran trainer. In this video, trainer Bobby Lovgren, whose impressive credits include “War Horse,” “The Legend of Zorro” and “Seabiscuit,” tells us what it takes to get a great performance from a four-legged thespian. And you’ll want to take a look at Silver’s (that’s his real name!) red carpet style … no, not stilettos, but the calm presence of a true professional.
Note: Trainer Bobby Lovgren was assisted at the premiere by his son, Tanner.
Read these posts for more about the world premiere of “The Lone Ranger” at Disney California Adventure park:
Just like all Disneyland Resort cast members, the animal cast members at Circle D Ranch want to look their best for our Disneyland guests. Our horses are brushed until their coats gleam and their tails and forelocks often sport elaborate braids. Our goats are also brushed every day before they play with guests at Big Thunder Ranch Petting Farm. And, both our horses and goats are bathed regularly to maintain healthy skin and coats. On a beautiful day recently, I watched as Pongo, our senior goat and leader of the herd, received his beauty bath. Please take a look at the music video we created, starring Pongo, then let me know in the comments section below if you agree with the lyrics!
The folks at Circle D Ranch are very excited about the recent arrival of two new horses, Bug and Finn. This pair of Brabant Belgian draft horses came to the Disneyland Resort from a farm in the Midwest.
Known for their robust, muscular builds and excellent dispositions, Brabants also have trademark physical features that distinguish them, such as black-tipped ears and black stocking feet. While Bug and Finn aren’t brothers, they are very good friends and will work together as a pair, and also pull the Main Street Trolley. Over the next few months they’ll be completing their training at the Circle D, but guests can meet these two gentle giants now during their weekend “shifts” at Big Thunder Ranch.
Current hours at Big Thunder Ranch are Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.