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How a Horse Becomes a Disneyland Horse: Showtime

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Disney Parks Blog readers have already learned how a new horse is cast at Disneyland park and how he gets ready for his new role. Now it’s time to see how he makes his debut on Main Street, U.S.A.

In the early hours of the morning, the new cast member is introduced to his work location in the park. He learns his new environment and practices pulling a streetcar while Main Street, U.S.A., is empty and quiet. Then, when he’s ready – it’s showtime!

The new cast member is introduced to his first guests during one of our Magic Mornings at Disneyland park – when the park opens early for Disneyland Resort hotel guests. This smaller group of guests allows the new recruit to get comfortable with his role and the new faces he’ll encounter each day. It’s an exciting time for the horse, his handlers and guests.

Early last year, we shared this video giving you a look at the Circle D Corral horses backstage and in their roles on Main Street, U.S.A. Now that you know all that goes into getting them ready, take a look and see them in action!

Next time you’re enjoying a ride on the horse-drawn streetcars on Main Street, U.S.A., take a moment to thank your drivers for their hard work – both of them!


  • I have truly loved this series! Thank you so much for a great story.

    • Thank you, Deborah. I had just as much fun researching and writing it.

  • I loved this! Please do more, like for example a day in the life of a disney horse and how about the animals at the park from then til now. With so many changes through the years it would be cool to see how that changed too.

    • What a great idea, Betina! I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

  • Yey! A movie. How cool! My daughter loves horses. I still remember her first time riding the street car pulled by the horse a couple of years ago. She was giggling and talking to the horse the entire ride. I wish I remembered the “cast members” name. 🙂 It was really cool.

    That is an impressively large place they get to live. Very very neat.

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