Saturday, November 19, 2011

Horse-Drawn Streetcars of Disneyland

Horse-Drawn Streetcars

       There is a often overlooked attraction on Main Street U.S.A., the Horse-Drawn Streetcars. This slow moving one way trip down Main Street is a treasure that many people walk past. It is quite latterly easy to 'walk past' this ride as the average person can often walk down Main Street faster than the streetcars. What a treasure you miss if you do rush past!

       A ride on the Horse-Drawn Streetcars is a ride back in time. It is a wonderful slow ride that gives you a chance to take in the feeling of Main Street. It is a romantic ride when taken with your love, a perfect place to cuddle as the horses hooves go clip clop and the streetcar gently rocks slightly back and forth. It is also a great way to give your poor Disney abused feet a little rest.

       Relax and enjoy the view and take your time as you take a look at Walt's ideal Main Street U.S.A. Enjoy the shop window displays and the smells of the Candy Kitchen. Did you notice the new fangled Red Truck selling Corn Dogs at the end of Main Street near the Photography Shop? How about the street lights? Notice how they change from the "new" electric powered to the old gas lamps.

       Several times a day the Dapper Dans come out and sing on Main Street. Sometimes the Dapper Dans ride the Horse-Drawn Streetcars along with the guests giving the guests a personal concert. This is a special treat!

       This ride as two stops, you can get on and either end of Main Street as long as you get off at the other. There is one stop at the Town Square on Main Street just below the Main Street Train Station. The other stop is right in front of Cinderella's Castle.

       The horses that pull the streetcars are specially picked and trained. They are housed at the Circle D Ranch behind Toontown. They only work a few hours a week and love their jobs from what I've seen.

       Eddie was new to the Disney Stables when I first saw him. He enjoyed pulling the streetcar so much the drivers had their hands full holding him still as the streetcar was loading. He was not misbehaving or upset he just wanted to be moving and seemed to like the sound of happy guests in the car behind him. When the car was stopped for more than a few minutes he would swing his great head around and pull at the sleeve of the handler beside him and start to step forward as if to say, "Let's get moving". The handler would laugh at his antics as he would use his big nose to nudge her in the direction he wanted to go. She gently reprimanded him using positive reinforcement to get him to wait patiently.

       The streetcar and horses are decked out for the holidays. For the Fourth of July they will have red, white and blue ribbons braided into the tails and mains of the horses. Red, white and blue bunting will adorn the street car. During October orange, brown and yellow will adorn car and horse. During November and December pine garland will wrap around the roof of the street car and sleigh bells will be affixed to the horses harness.

       Because of where the streetcars run it is not in operation during parades and fireworks. Sometimes when the park is extremely busy they stop running the streetcars for safety reasons. People crowd Main Street and do not give way to the horses that could accidently hurt them.

       So the next time you are just trying to get from one end of Main Street to the other try the Horse-Drawn Streetcars. Take a ride back in time and enjoy.

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My Christmas book, An Angel Remembers 25 Voices of Christmas is out!!
You can find for all formats at
And for the Nook at
It soon will be up at other sites such as Amazon

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