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Horses Return To Disneyland USA

The horses of USA Disneyland are back.

 

Right up until the beginning of January the horse drawn streetcars was one of the only original attractions left in Disneyland, operating since 1955. The cars had ferried park visitors up and down Main Street USA almost every day for more than 60 years.


Photo courtesy of Disneyland Park

 

On January 8th the horses took a well earned break from their hard working job whilst the Disney workers repaired the car tracks and layed new bricks for the horses to walk upon.


The Disney workers spent 3 months renovating the worn rail tracks, that the cars travelled along, for safety reasons. They also added a path of 50,000 bricks, which are better for the horses’ hooves to walk on, as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Renovations bought the nightly Disney parades to a temporary halt.


Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG

 

For the visitors who are huge fans of the Disneyland horses, Thursday 29th May was a big day. Many attended the park, ready to welcome the animals as they returned once again to parade up and down Main Street, delivering passengers up to the sleeping beauty castle.

“It’s excellent, everyone’s super excited to have them
back. Lisa said, a Disney employee who oversees the street cars and the horse’s barn.

Disneyland annual
passholder Vickie Coleman, even called her boss and asked for a day off when she received a text at 7:30am to say that the streetcars were back in action. “I called my boss and said, ‘Do you mind if i
take a vacation day? I’m sorry it’s short notice.’”       


“They had a horse out for petting the other day, it had longer queues than Mickey Mouse,”  Deluca said. “They’re incredibly good with children.”


Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG

 

The horse drawn streetcars were important to the park founder Walt Disney as a symbol of small town, turn of the century America that he wanted to recreate on Main Street USA. The animals are also a huge hit, especially with children.
 

The horses walked the same route for over 60 years, looping around for the return, however, they now walk in a figure of 8, with a new track design. This means the horses do the same amount of turns on the left side as they do on the right side, preventing wear and tear on both the cars and harnesses and providing the horses with a balanced amount of exercise.
 

Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG
 

The horses, which are large, beautiful draft breads have been practicing their new route, before park opening. The horses typically work 3 hours a day, 3 days a week, during the daytime. When it’s too hot the horses retire and the streetcars do not run.