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.
You may have heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona, but did you know we have our own goat version almost every day at Disneyland park?
The Disneyland goat herd, numbering 13 goats, spend their days at the Petting Farm at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. Between naps, they welcome guests with their calm demeanor and somewhat bewitching eyes. But when “quitting time” comes, the energy level goes up quite a bit. With dinner on their minds, they scoot over the hill to Circle D Ranch, where supper awaits them.
Next time you’re in Disneyland park around sunset, be sure to stop by and witness this adorable bunch scamper home! In the meantime, you can catch the “goat running” in the video below.
On Saturday, October 25, the city of Anaheim presented its 90th annual Halloween Parade. The Disneyland Resort was well-represented in the festivities by Disney Ambassador Sachiko White and Donald Duck, resplendent in his wizard costume. Pulling their carriage were two of Circle D Corral’s finest steeds. Take a look at our video, which shows the preparations necessary to get parade-ready as well as shots from the parade itself.