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Beloved Disneyland Draft Horses Retire After Decade Of Pulling Main Street USA Trolleys

Horse-Drawn Street Cars
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TMS-4550
Source:
Orange County Register
Author:
Brady Macdonald
Dateline:
December 07, 2019
Posted:
December 11, 2019
Status:
Current
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It was often difficult to tell Disneyland’s pair of snow white draft horses apart as Reggie and Brother took turns ferrying visitors down Main Street U.S.A. in vintage horse-drawn trolleys.

One way to distinguish them: Brother has a pink nose.

The other major difference is in their personalities. Brother isn’t a morning horse. Reggie typically took the morning shifts on Main Street U.S.A. while Brother slept in the morning sun and picked up the later shifts.

Reggie and Brother have now retired and both have been adopted by a Disney cast member, Disneyland officials confirmed. After more than a decade of service, Reggie and Brother will spend their retirement living on a farm in the Norco area.

“So long to 2 of my favorite Disneyland horses,” tweeted Disneyland and Chicago sports fan @Whitesox89. “I’ll really miss them, but I wish them all the best in their very well deserved retirement and I thank them so much for their many years of work.”

Horse-drawn trolleys have been a Disneyland tradition since the Anaheim theme park opened in 1955. The trolleys transport visitors along a route that travels along Main Street U.S.A. between Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Disneyland train station.

Disneyland horses are considered cast members, Disney-speak for employees. Each of the horses has its own oversize cast member name tags in the tack room of Disneyland’s Circle D Ranch in Norco. The Home of the Happiest Horses on Earth offers spacious quarters for the working animals as well as storage space for stage coaches and carriages used in the theme park.

In addition to their Main Street U.S.A. duties, Reggie and Brother also appeared in city parades throughout Southern California and often pulled Cinderella’s Coach for fairy tale weddings at Disneyland.

The coach partners made an appearance in Disneyland’s “Give a Day, Get a Day” television commercial alongside Miss Piggy and the Muppets to promote the 2010 volunteer service program. Brother has also competed in horse shows for the Disneyland Resort.

Reggie and Brother have the same father. They came to Disneyland together from Blackpark Farms in Canada.

Both of the shire draft horses are 18 years old, weigh approximately 1,800 pounds and stand about 17 hands — or 5 foot 7 inches at the spot where their necks meet their bodies.
 
Attractions Referenced

Disneyland Railroad

Horse-Drawn Street Cars

Sleeping Beauty Castle

 
Lands Referenced

Main Street U.S.A.

 
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