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A Glimpse of the Circle D Corral at Disneyland Park

Heather Hust Rivera

by , Vice President, Consumer Products

We’ve all seen the horses on Main Street, U.S.A in Disneyland park, but do you know where these horses really live? Backstage, north of Frontierland in Disneyland park, there is a working ranch, called Circle D Corral.

Here are some fun facts to consider before taking a step “backstage” in today’s video to see the animals that live in Circle D Corral:

  • The ranch is currently home to 28 horses, a jersey cow, two miniature donkeys, three turkeys and 15 goats.
  • Forty-eight cast members work at the ranch.
  • All the horses are large, “draft” horses (“draft horses” are horses that are adapted to pull heavy loads).
  • The following breeds of horse are represented at Circle D: Percheron, Clydesdale, Belgian and Shire.
  • No Disneyland horse works more than 4 hours a day, 3 days a week.
  • And, like all cast members, the horses at Disneyland park always wear their name tags when they are working.


  • I love that Disneyland has living creatures to see and observe in a place that seems “make believe.” I love the video of the ranch, and would love to see more of the the horses, and the ducks, and the growing vegetables! Disneyland is definitely a magical place!

  • Where do I go to tour the ranch?

  • I’ve always wondered where the horses are kept! It would sure be cool if they let people check out the ranch. That would be my ideal job at disneyland!

  • I feel like I’ve seen non-draft horses before at Disneyland – like for special parades with Prince Charming riding them. If I’m correct, where do they come from?

  • We found the animals and ranch by accident on our last visit in 2008. We have been numerous times before but never found the horses.

    My kids were in heaven! It was quiet and cool at the ranch. The building had colouring and the kids, 5 and 3 at the time, could have a low key hour. On the way out we met Woody and Jessie! And no lines! This is still a highlight of our trip for the preschool set!

  • How do the Horses react to the fireworks?

  • Great information! I never really thought about where the horses went when they weren’t working.

  • Excellent behind-the-scenes info! (Like those working hours too!)

    It just seems hard to imagine that this serene area exists…because when I think of Disneyland I think of how it’s landlocked, and I just associate it being surrounded with the hustle-and-bustle of the typical LA suburb…

  • On the 19th there was a blog about paper animation for World of Color, it said “Heather Hust Rivera will give a more in depth update on “World of Color” next week, but in the mean time, take a look at this video and see for yourself.”

    Where is the update on World of Color??? Don’t get me wrong, I love all the tidbits of cool info on Disneyland, but we are going to be there April 19-24 and we really want to know if World of Color will be up & running, we are so excited to see it!

  • Thnks for that glimpse!! A behind-the-scenes would be an awesome tour or contest prize, by the way.

  • That was so adorable! I’m so glad I got the privilege to tour Circle D a few weeks ago <3

  • can you visit this ranch?

  • Very cool video.
    I agree with Michael; I’d like to see more videos about the Circle D Corral as well.

    I love seeing the horses on Main Street.

  • Great video clip. I’d like to see more of the Circle D ranch. I wish I could get a job with those hours.

  • What a great place to live. I would love to work there, behind the scenes with the horses and other animals, of course it would make my horses jealous. My kind of place.

  • Awesome,Like those working hours!

  • I’m certain I don’t stand alone, when I say, I’d like to see more of the Circle D Corral.

    Excellent information and video!

    Thank you

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