Have you ever wondered if you could horseback ride or even if there were horses at Disney World? Well wonder no more because there is a whole ranch tucked away at the Campsites at Fort Wilderness, so if it’s horses that you are looking for, look no further! When you visit the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Fort Wilderness there is so much to see and to do! As you wander around you will be able to see a number of different horse breeds such as Appaloosas, Arabians and even Shetland Ponies. You will be able to see the blacksmith making and shoeing horses, Cinderella’s beautiful ponies and the horses of Main Street that pull the trolley cars! You will also be able to see an amazing piece of Disneyland history, the horse drawn instrument called the Dragon Calliope! This beauty held center stage during the 1950’s Mickey Mouse Club Parade at Disneyland and was bought by Walt himself for the festivities!
If riding is more up your alley you will not be disppointed! For the youngest cowpokes, Pony Rides are available near Pioneer Hall. To ride these petite equines, your little one must be under 80 pounds and 48 inches and they must be at least 2 years old and able to hold on! Just to make you (and the little cowpoke) feel a little more comfortable, a parent or guardian must lead the pony at all times! Pony Rides are offered every day from 10 AM to 5 PM and you don’t even need to make a reservation!!
If your feeling a little more adventurous and you are 9 years or older you are invited to make a reservation for a trail ride! This fun filled ride will have you exploring all that beautiful, wooded, Fort Wilderness has to offer including the local wildlife! Along the trail you may be lucky enough to spot deer, ducks and even an armadillo or two! A trail ride is perfect for all level riders and a great, relaxing way to explore the beautiful, natural surroundings of Fort Wilderness! Don’t forget that if a trail ride is what your after you will need to make a reservation before heading over…after all you don’t want to be disappointed if you get there and a horse isn’t available!
If a wagon ride is more to your liking, Tri-Circle-D has you covered there too! Each day (weather permitting) at 6 or 8:30 PM you can hop aboard for a lovely horse drawn wagon tour of Fort Wilderness! Reservations are not accepted so the wagon rides are on a first come, first serve basis; don’t be late or you’ll miss out on all the fun!! The wagons depart from Pioneer Hall and are an inexpensive way to enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of Fort Wilderness!
Finally, if you are after a more personal tour of the cypress and pine a Carriage Ride may be right up your alley! These lovely carriages can hold 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children comfortably and reservations are accepted beginning 180 days in advance! This lovely ride will have you marveling at the scenery as you relax and enjoy your 25 minute ride which departs from the main entrance of Crockett’s Tavern! If you will be visiting in December, make sure you reserve your holiday “sleigh” ride!! Carriage rides can also be taken over at Port Orleans! Now remember that there is a charge for each of these, but it isn’t all that much and so worth it! Another thing to keep in mind is that the Tri-Circle-D Ranch only accepts cash, so please plan accordingly!
I hope that this article made you think twice about what a magical Disney Vacation has to offer! It doesn’t have to be just theme parks and rides, it can be nature and learning too!! Disney has so much to offer…if you’d like to learn more shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat! I’d love to help you plan your next magical adventure and remember, my services are always FREE! Now, let the magic begin!
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