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Disney Shares Photos of New Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground

Hi everyone –

One project that has opened at Walt Disney World is the new Tri-Circle-D Ranch at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, which is a new, larger barn that features more stalls and larger stalls for the horses. The barn is twice the size of the original and also includes the museum that showcases Walt’s love of horses. I always enjoyed visiting the old barn and look forward to this new version! I am glad that the 1907 Dragon Calliope is back as well. It is a historic calliope that has been used through the years at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

I added a few of my own photos of the old barn and the calliope at the end.

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The animal care team at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground has continued to take care of the beautiful horses at the resort.

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Disney says that, “Tri-Circle-D Ranch has a long history of housing ‘The Happiest Horses on Earth,’ as it was part of Walt’s vision to bring horses to Magic Kingdom Park much like he did in Disneyland. Tri-Circle-D Ranch was established before opening day of Walt Disney World Resort, making his wish come true.”

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Not only are there larger stalls for the horses, but 10 additional stalls as well. They are now equipped with automatic water stations. With it being twice of the size of the original barn, it now includes two tack rooms, a wedding harness room showcasing tack for Cinderella’s ponies and the museum.

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Walt Disney purchased the horse-drawn musical wagon – the 1907 Dragon Calliope – for Disneyland in the 1950s.

Here is video from Disney of the calliope.

And a photo of the horses pulling it to the new barn.

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There is also a new addition to Tri-Circle-D Ranch, a pony foal named Violet. She was born at the new stable and runs around with her mom, Elsa to bond.

The ranch is near its orginal location, around the corner from the bus loop by Pioneer Hall.

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Here is a look at the outside of the old Tri-Circle-D Ranch. These few photos are from my own collection.


The calliope was behind glass at the front of the barn.


One display in the museum was a model of the calliope. I expect that is back as part of the museum in the new barn.


I can’t wait to visit the new barn when it is possible to do so!