Disneyland’s Draft Horses To Retire

Brother, a draft horse who pulled the trolley along Disneyland's Main Street U.S.A. for more than a decade, recently retired and was adopted by a Disney cast member. (Courtesy of Disney)

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 Broth 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.er will spend their retirement living on a farm in the Norco area.

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.

 

 

Kristi is the Media and PR Director for The Kingdom Insider. She's a lifelong Disney fan and grew up spending her family vacations at the Happiest Place on Earth. She resides in Florida with her husband and two boys, ages 4 and 6.