You may have seen them on Main Street, U.S.A., pulling an old-fashioned street car or maybe even Cinderella’s coach during an evening parade.
They are the Walt Disney World Horses, and I was so excited to visit them at their home… the stables of Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campgrounds!
From the Walt Disney World website:
“Stroll through the stables to see Cinderella’s Ponies and the majestic horses of Main Street, U.S.A.. You can watch the blacksmith make horseshoes and affix them to horses’ hooves, and discover the Dragon Calliope—the horse-drawn musical instrument that Walt Disney purchased for the Mickey Mouse Club Circus Parade at Disneyland Park in the 1950s.
Animal lovers of all ages will delight in the variety of breeds that live at Tri-Circle-D Ranch, including Appaloosas, Arabians, Belgians, Clydesdales, paint horses, Percherons and quarter horses, plus Shetland ponies.”
Upon entering the stables you’ll see a small room to the right, dedicated to Walt Disney’s love of horses and a pictorial history of horses in Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
I’m happy to introduce you to a few of my new friends :)! You’ll find their names in the caption boxes for each picture. How did I learn their names? Well, since these horses are official Cast Members, they receive the iconic Cast Member name badge!
You can learn a bit about the horses from some facts included with their Name Badges.
Like so many other things at Fort Wilderness, visiting the horses provides a very peaceful change of pace from the bustling Parks. Boat and bus service for Fort Wilderness is offered to and from the Magic Kingdom (bus service is available to and from Downtown Disney), and you do not need to be staying at the Campgrounds to visit this special place.
What other ways can you get to know these beautiful animals? (Pricing/height & age requirements for these experiences is available via the links below)
- Ride a Horse-drawn Carriage! In addition to Fort Wilderness, you can also enjoy a picturesque ride along the Sassagoula River from Port Orleans – Riverside. (During the Holiday season, carriages at Fort Wilderness are converted to festive “Sleighs”!)
- See Fort Wilderness on horseback! Horseback Trail Rides at Fort Wilderness are welcoming to beginners.
- “Pint-sized cowpokes” can enjoy Pony Rides at Fort Wilderness. (Cute saying borrowed directly from the Disney website )
- Wagon rides at Fort Wilderness are available for families as well as large groups.
Saddle up !