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Horse-Drawn Streetcars Fun Facts

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  1. The horses on the street cars on Main Street have a "D" on each side of their bridal and on the front as well. They also each have their own name on their bridal.
    REPORTED: Eric B 25 FEB 96
    CONFIRMED: Andy Hicks 18 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Dan Edwin 11 OCT 96
  2. The signs on the Horse-Drawn Streetcars take thirty hours to make, as they are hand hammered gold-leaf.
    REPORTED: Troy Carrington 16 MAR 97
  3. The "Clydesdales once tried out for the job but were so strong they pulled the cars off the tracks" is INCORRECT... it IS a fact on the official Disneyland website, but Clydesdales HAVE and CAN be used... it's just HARDER to find a Clydesdale with a laid-back temperament, they tend to be a little more "ditzy". The Belgians and Percherons currently in use are just as strong or even stronger than the Clydesdales, and COULD pull the cars off the tracks if they REALLY wanted to. It just isn't in their nature to do it though.
    UPDATE: Rick 08 MAY 01
  4. Ever wondered about the Horse Drawn Street Car? The horses each have names, and a partial list is:

    Nameplate

    Horses Real Name

    Ben

    Buddy

    Dan

    Mick

    Tom

    Jesse

    Chad

    Fred

    Mike

    Oscar

    Doc

    Doug

    Pat

    Rick

    Dick

    Robbie

    Jake

    Jake

    Duke

    Duke

    They are all geldings, consisting of Belgians and Percheron geldings. The Belgians are from Belgium, and the Percherons are a Northwest section of France called La Perche.

    Disney also has, but just not displayed, Lippizans, which are used for the Christmas Parade, and for weddings, to pull Cinderella's carriage. All the horses have harnesses "made exclusively for Disneyland by a well-known Canadian harness maker."

    The horse department is called Circle D, and that at WDW is Circle D3 (I don't know what that means). The Circle D was formerly the Pony Farm.

    The horses work four hours a day, four days a week under harness

    The largest horse at Circle D Corral is Duke, a Percheron draft horse, who weighs more than 2,400 pounds.

    Also, the signs on the Horse-Drawn Trolleys take thirty hours to make, as they are hand-hammered gold leaf.

    Though it may look like the horses on Main Street are working hard, they, in fact, are not. Fully loaded, the Street Cars weigh about 4000 lbs. Being on the steel tracks drops the weight that the horses are pulling down to around 100 lbs. Two men could easily pull the Street Car as easily as the horses... fully loaded!
    REPORTED: Ronny Quomsieh & Ed Johnston 23 JUL 96
    CONFIRMED: Randy Smith 31 JUL 96
    There is a new horse in the line-up. It is one of the black trolley-pullers. His name is Jake. His first day was April 20th according to his driver.
    CONFIRMED: Cara Witte 24 APR 97
    Disney's Lippizans, which are normally used for the Christmas Parade to pull Cinderella's carriage, were not used in the 1998 Christmas parade. Instead, they hired two quarter horses used in the Wells-Fargo commercials. The lipizzans, Peter and Ellie, are taking a vacation. In the MULAN PARADE, we feature four black French Percherons, which are draft horses weighing approx. one ton each. We rotate our steeds so they get a night off now and then, between Tommy, Sam, Oscar, Jiggs, and Jack. Oscar also can be seen onstage pulling a streetcar.
    UPDATE: anon 01 MAR 99
    This is in regards to the question Circle D ranch, Circle D ranch was the name of a ranch on the original Mickey Mouse Club Show it may have even been the name of the show on MMC show I'm not sure.
    CONFIRMED: Derek Grim 23 JAN 00
    In regards to the WDW Ranch: it is called Tri-Circle D Ranch (A Mickey Head has 3 circles, hence Tri-Circle).
    UPDATE: Daryl 22 APR 00
    CONFIRMED: anon 07 AUG 00
    In regards to the statement that the "Circle D" name was originally from the Mickey Mouse Club is incorrect. The name of the ranch was the "Triple R". It was from "The Adventures of Spin and Marty", the first serial to premier on the Mickey Mouse Club on Nov. 11, 1955.
    UPDATE: Jeff 30 JAN 01
    A lot of this information is now incorrect... many of the horses have retired, and many new horses have been added. Pretty much all of the horses listed with the bridle names are gone now. Also, the "Clydesdales once tried out for the job but were so strong they pulled the cars off the tracks" is INCORRECT... it IS a fact on the official Disneyland website, but Clydesdales HAVE and CAN be used... it's just HARDER to find a Clydesdale with a laid-back temperament, they tend to be a little more "ditzy". The Belgians and Percherons currently in use are just as strong or even stronger than the Clydesdales, and COULD pull the cars off the tracks if they REALLY wanted to. It just isn't in their nature to do it though.
    UPDATE: Rick 08 MAY 01


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