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Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Marks the Year of the Horse at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

posted on January 31st, 2014 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Today marks the start of the Happy Lunar New Year Celebration, now through Sunday, February 2, at Disney California Adventure park. Since 2014 is the Year of the Horse, it’s only fitting that one of Circle D Ranch’s own steeds, Finn, is featured in the procession of performers through Paradise Gardens.

Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Marks the Year of the Horse at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend Happy Lunar New Year Celebration Marks the Year of the Horse at Disney California Adventure Park this Weekend

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!

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Grumpy Cat Meets Grumpy the Dwarf at Disneyland Park

posted on November 14th, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


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.
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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.

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Minnie Mouse and Disneyland Resort Horses Participate in Anaheim Halloween Parade

posted on October 30th, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


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!

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Circle D Ranch Furry and Feathered Friends Spend Quality Time with Their Fellow Disneyland Resort Cast Members

posted on September 3rd, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


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.

 
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Silver Makes Special Appearance at World Premiere of Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ ‘The Lone Ranger’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on June 26th, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


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.

 
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Working at the Goat Wash in Circle D Ranch at Disneyland Park

posted on May 3rd, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


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!

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Circle D Ranch Welcomes Two New Horses to the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 6th, 2013 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Circle D Ranch Welcomes Two New Horses to the Disneyland Resort

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.

Circle D cast member Aleks Phipps poses with newly acquired Brabant, Bug. Bug weighs 1,620 lbs and stands 16.3 hands (or 5 feet, 7 inches from his feet to his withers). Finn, a newly acquired Brabant, shows his profile with Circle D cast member Eveyln Valverde.  Finn weighs 1,750 lbs and stands 17.1 hands (5 feet, 9 inches)!

 
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.



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Memories and Reflections from 2012 Disneyland Candlelight Ceremony Narrators

posted on December 24th, 2012 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


One of the great holiday traditions here at the Disneyland Resort is the Candlelight Ceremony and Processional. Featuring a cast member choir, as well as a full orchestra and other choirs from around Southern California, the ceremony in Town Square at Disneyland park is majestic. I had the privilege to sing in this ceremony in 2003, and this year I had the great privilege to interview some of the celebrity narrators for this year’s performances. Please take a look at some highlights from this year as well as some very special comments from our narrators.

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New Lamb and Calf Join Circle D Family at Disneyland Park

posted on November 14th, 2012 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: The results are in! Our new calf’s name is Clarabelle and our new lamb’s name is Thunder. Thanks to everyone who came out to vote!

This summer we welcomed our new sheep, Bolt, to Big Thunder Ranch in Disneyland park, and tomorrow two more little friends will join him. A 6-month-old Babydoll sheep, born in Northern California, and a 7-month-old miniature Hereford cow, born in La Cresta, Calif., will begin appearing at the ranch tomorrow.

New Lamb and Calf Join Circle D Family at Disneyland Park

But there’s just one problem: they don’t have names! That’s where we need your help. Just like we did with Bolt, we’re asking Disneyland park guests to help us name our newest Circle D friends. So be sure to visit this Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17 and vote for your favorite names. You will be able to choose from the following:

Cow names:

  • Grace
  • Clarabelle
  • Moo-leficent
  • Minnie
  • Drizella

Sheep names:

  • Thunder
  • Rhino
  • Lightning
  • Mater
  • Frollo

Remember – you’ve got to vote in-person at Big Thunder Ranch this Friday and Saturday, so come out to Disneyland park and help give these new Circle D cuties their names!

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See Big Thunder Ranch at Disneyland Resort Through Our ‘Goat Cam’

posted on October 16th, 2012 by Donna Fisk, Public Relations Manager, Disneyland Resort


Hi, Disney Parks Blog – I’m Donna Fisk, a member of the Broadcast News team at the Disneyland Resort. I’m also a huge animal lover, so I’m very excited that I will be bringing you the latest “animal news” happening here at the resort.

In a festive nod to the spooky season, the goats at Big Thunder Ranch are gussied up each day with their very own Halloween kerchiefs. Did you know each goat is named for a Disney character? We paid our Disney goats a visit recently and let them get in on the action by helping shoot the video below. Using a very lightweight camera carried by the goats themselves, we get to see the petting zoo, the guests and even the other goats from a unique point of view. We call it, “Goat Cam.” Special thanks to Pongo, Dory, Madame Mim, Madame Leota, Shock, Barrel and Jane, who helped us create this video. Take a look and come see our goats during Halloween Time!



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