Disneyland Resort fans know that our attractions need a bit of scrubbing and polishing every now and then. But when the attraction in question is the world famous Jungle Cruise, and the scrubbing and polishing involves one rather hefty bull elephant … well then, you just call in a helicopter. (Of course!) I hope you’ll enjoy the video below, which proves once again that elephants really can fly.
posted on January 22nd, 2016 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
posted on January 8th, 2016 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
As we prepare to wish our Disneyland goats a fond farewell, we’re happy to announce that they have found a wonderful forever home on a farm in Murrieta, Calif. The farm’s owner, Jenelle, already cares for four former Disneyland goats on her farm: Jane, Lilo, Medusa and Penny. We spoke with Jenelle recently, and her love for our Disneyland goats is abundant. She’s looking forward to welcoming all the goats (and our sheep and donkeys, too)! Click on the video below to meet Jenelle and see the farm where the all the Disneyland goats will scamper and play together beneath beautiful open skies.
posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
For the second year in a row, Disneyland Resort horses participated in the annual Horsetown Parade of Lights in Norco, Calif. Pulling a vintage stagecoach used in Frontierland for many decades, Clydesdale team Lucky and Eddie glowed as festive decorations illuminated their harnesses. The Disneyland Resort team also had the honor of carrying the parade’s Grand Marshall, Melanie Oliver, Riverside County Teacher of the Year, who rode in the stagecoach along with her family and Disneyland Resort Ambassador, Allie Kawamoto. Take a look as Lucky and Eddie are prepped for their holiday strut!
posted on June 10th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
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.
posted on March 16th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
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!
Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Duke Prepares for His Debut – Part Three
posted on February 26th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
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.
Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Duke Prepares for His Debut – Part Two
posted on February 20th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
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!
Training the Horses of the Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park: Duke Prepares for His Debut – Part One
posted on February 12th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
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.
posted on February 9th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
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!
posted on February 5th, 2015 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort
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!