Disney World 4 Le$$: Pony Rides Under $10

Tri-Circle D ranch pony ride tips

Updated for 2017!

Looking for activities for the younger crowd on a Disney World vacation that won’t cost a fortune? Head over to The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for some true horse play!

What You Get

You get a pony ride on the petite ponies at Tri-Circle-D Ranch! Riders must be at least two years of age, under 80 pounds, no taller than 48 inches, and able to hang on to the pony by themselves. A parent or guardian must lead the pony at all times.

The Cost


Bring your wallet, because Tri-Circle-D accepts cash payments only.

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Tri-Circle D ranch pony ride

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Time and Location

Pony rides are offered daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. near Pioneer Hall at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Need Reservations?

No reservations are necessary.

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How Do You Get There?

You can park on resort property, ride a boat over from Wilderness Lodge, or walk a paved trail through the woods from Wilderness Lodge to the ranch. We found walking from the Lodge to be a great outdoor activity in the winter months when it’s not so hot, which I wouldn’t recommend in the summer or warmer months.

There are lots of horses at the ranch, many of which perform at the parks and resorts and are not available for riding. Children should know that the Tri-Circle-D is not like a petting zoo. While some are available to ride and view for free, feeding and petting horses and ponies is not encouraged.

But they sure can be fun to watch.

After the kid’s pony ride, (keep in mind reservations – ADRs- are a great idea for this meal) head over to Wilderness Lodge for breakfast at one of our favorite places on Disney property:

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Call (407) 824-2832 for information about Tri-Circle-D Ranch’s other offerings, including horseback trail rides, wagon rides and private carriage rides. You can also use this link for more information. 

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you and the kids headed over toward the ponies, resting your feet if you just walked over from Wilderness Lodge.

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