Off the Beaten Path – The Horses of Walt Disney World

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I am a Disney Fanatic, This you know. What you don’t know is that I am also a big fan of horses. Because of this I have often gone out of my way to seek out a little horse fix while at Disney World. There are many ways to see horses at Disney World, may it be giant percherons pulling beautiful trolleys on Main Street USA or tiny white ponies pulling Cinderellas coach in the Christmas parade. If you care to see these creatures up close you need to head to Fort Wilderness.

I have been really lucky to spend many vacations at the Wilderness Lodge, a short walk from The Tri Circle D Ranch at Fort Wilderness.

On my last trip I decided to walk over to Fort Wilderness in the early hours of the morning. I happened upon the stable hands preparing the horses for their day of work. As a misty fog rose over the ranch, horses were being treated to a bath in front of the barn. I was able to stand back and take in the scene. This was free and very entertaining. A great way to enjoy your morning coffee.

Later on I took a tour of the stables where they have a real working Circus Calliope and where the gentle giants of Main Street USA are housed. It was really a fun activity! You can also meet the ponies that pull Cinderella and Pony rides are available for the younger kids!

If you want to get even closer to the horses trail rides and carriage rides are offered. The trail rides are slow and relaxing, so don’t expect to go galloping around. There is plenty of opportunity to see wild life and get insider tips from the very knowledgeable guides. The Carriage rides are extra special at Christmas time.

Keep in mind, Fort Wilderness is only a short boat ride away from the Magic Kingdom. Do not be afraid to head over for a break from the action of the parks!

Horses have been a big part of Disney World since opening day. I am so glad that they are still a major feature at the parks and beyond!

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Off the Beaten Path - The Horses of Walt Disney World

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