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#DisneyKids: First Pony Ride at Walt Disney World Resort

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

As we continue our series of firsts at Disney Parks, we thought we’d take a look at an experience known for making faces light up with joy at Walt Disney World Resort – a first pony ride.

Interacting with Mickey’s petite ponies at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch is often an unforgettable experience for children and parents. And it’s not uncommon for a parent who had a first ride here to visit years later with their children.

The pony rides are an experience for the child and adult and it’s unique that Disney does this, according to Robin Walker Zoological manager at the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. Rides are offered daily near Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Let us know about your first pony ride or another special, memorable or even life changing first visit to Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort in the comments below and then check back for our new #DisneyKids series.


  • My oldest rode her first roller coaster at Goofy’s Barnstormer at WDW. My husband videoed the whole trip and her face was priceless! She was a look of scared, and happy all in one. She rode it again though! Priceless moment we have captured!

  • We had the pleasure of eating at the Trails End restaurant at the Fort Wilderness, but prior to it we walked around the Ranch and delighted in the ponies – they kept neighing which was very sweet. Our child was too large for the rides but we did get to reflect on his first pony ride…the whole place is fun and it is a very nice Ranch. I think maybe over-looked by a lot of park goers.

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