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WDW Radio # 350 – Secrets, Stories and Things to Do at the Tri-Circle D Ranch, What is 102, Meet of the Month Info and more! – February 9, 2014


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #350 for the week of February 9, 2014.

This week I’m going to bring you to someplace in Walt Disney World you may never have been to before, and possibly never even heard of. It’s one of the resort’s true hidden treasures, and is filled with wonderful details, history, and experiences for the entire family.. and even a little bit of Walt himself. Join me as we explore the secrets, stories and things to do at the Tri-Circle D Ranch at DIsney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

I’ll have the answer to our last Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week, and pose a new challenge for your chance to win a Disney prize package.

Be sure and also tune in to WDWRadioLIVE.com this Wednesday at 7:30pm ET, as I finally reveal “What is 102?” I’ve been secretly working on this project for over a year, and have been asking you over the past few months what you think 102 is. I’ll tell you LIVE, during my video broadcast and chat on this week’s WDW Radio LIVE show.

Stay tuned as I’ll have some updates and announcements, including information about our next WDW Radio Meet of the Month in Walt Disney World. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show.

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!

– Lou Mongello


Information and Links from This Week’s Show:

Question for YOU: Who is your favorite Disney horse? Leave your reply in the Comments below

  • Listen to this week’s episode for the Walt Disney World Trivia Question of the Week for a chance to win a Disney prize package!
  • Disney Meets and WDW Radio Meets of the Month in Walt Disney World – Get dates and locations on our Events page
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10 thoughts on “Show # 350 – Secrets, Stories and Things to Do at the Tri-Circle D Ranch – February 9, 2014”

  1. EverydayAlex says:

    LOVED this episode! Sadly my regular trips to Disney have always been theme park oriented because I only have a couple days, and Tri Circle D has always been on my list of Must-Dos. I grew up around horses, have always had a horse, and now compete, train, and coach horse riding. That being said, a couple corrections regarding some horse facts.
    1) Clydesdales are NOT generally 18HH (HH stands for hands high). A normal Clydesdale is around 16.2-17.1HH. Very few get to be 18, maybe a stallion here or there. Percherons AND Belgians are both generally bigger, averaging out around 17HH.
    2)Percherons are both black, grey, roan, chestnut and bay. So some of the horses on Main Street will be Percherons.
    3) Belgians can be identified by white or cream manes, tails, and feathers (the hair around their hooves).
    I’ve been lucky enough to work with Percheron crosses (like the headless Horseman’s horse) and they’re LOVELY, as well as belgians.
    Such a great show this week, Lou!

  2. Ana Kurland says:

    Oh my! I remember Roy Rogers fast food. They had the best roast beef sandwiches, and the Double R bar was great. Now I’m hungry for one.

  3. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    LOVEEEEE this episode!!! My top 3 favorite Disney horses:
    1. Maximus from TANGLED
    2. Gunpowder from SLEEPY HOLLOW (my mom reminded me of that one, thanks mom!)
    3. Hans’ horse from FROZEN.

  4. DisneyGirlRuby says:

    PLEASE keep inviting Jim back!

  5. Ana Kurland says:

    My favorite horse is the unnamed on in Mary Poppins (chalk picture part) and Fru-Fru from the Aristocats.

  6. Jessica says:

    A great listen! Tri Circle D is always on our agenda when we visit!

  7. Katherine Caramihalis says:

    Listening to this podcast brought me back to my first Walt Disney World experience when I was in 4th grade. My family and I stayed in one of the cabins at Fort Wilderness and we loved exploring around the resort, riding alongside my dad in the rented golf cart and swimming in the pool while watching the peacocks and armadillos hanging out around us. Even though I am from Maine and am very familiar with the great outdoors, Fort Wilderness gave me a very different wilderness experience. It really just brought up some great memories of my first trip to Walt Disney World and makes me very excited for my next trip for my honeymoon in 2015. Thanks Lou for bringing back some great memories!

  8. Jeff says:

    Great podcast!
    I visited Disney World for the first time with my family was when I was just 8 years old in 1975. We drove all the way from Connecticut in a small maroon colored van packed with camping supplies and even stayed at the Fort Wilderness Campground. Such great memories walking the trails, sleeping in tents, watching the Hoop Dee Doo Review, catching the electrical water parade and swinging on the hammocks at Bay Lake beach. Does anyone remember the old metal lawnmower stuck inside a tree there? I think there is a story to go along with it too that’s probably made up but its a nice detail and it adds to the fun!
    We never had a chance to actually ride any horses while staying there but Fort Wilderness is one of my favorite resorts of all time. I can not wait to go back again hopefully very soon!!!
    PS my favorite Disney horse is from Cinderella…his name is MAJOR!

  9. Paul says:

    great show! brings back of fond memories of my grandfather who worked at tri circle d ranch from 1971 to 1981 or 82. spent a lot of days going to wrk with grandpa on family vacations to florida to visit my grand parents.

  10. Chuck Zitta says:

    Always enjoy listening to Jim. I do remember reading the story about Walt and his Polo days in one of Jim’s books. Rough sport, as I recall.

    Favorite Disney horses. From what I can remember (in no particular order):

    1. The headless horseman’s horse from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (does he have a name?) and Gunpowder

    2. Maximus from Tangled

    3. Bullseye from Toy Story

    4. Sampson from Sleeping Beauty.

    5. Philippe from Beauty and the Beast.

    Need to check out the Tri Circle D ranch on one of our trips down. Add it to the list!

    Thanks again for another incredible show, Lou and Jim!!!