Just behind Big Thunder Ranch sits the Pope House, the only house that remains on Disneyland property since before the park was built.
Owen and Dolly Pope showed horses at fairs across California before Walt Disney hired them in 1951 to help him train horses for the Western part of the park he was building. First, they moved into a trailer at the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank to be close to the animals they were training before relocating to a house being moved to make way for the park. The house was then moved to what would become the 10-acre ranch and pony farm on property at Disneyland. The farm continued to grow to over 200 animals before the Popes moved to Flordia to established the Tri-Circle-D Ranch at the Walt Disney World Resort. The pony farm was renamed Circle D Corral in 1980.
The Popes have the distinction of being the only individuals to ever have lived at Disneyland. The Pope House is now home to the Circle D team, which continues the Pope's care, training and love for our animal Cast Members.
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Animals of the Disneyland Resort:
Birds aren't just in the Tiki Room:
If you look closely while entering the queue to the Jungle Cruise, you'll spot two white cockatoos nestled in a cage themed to the attraction's decor, greeting Guests. Poppy and Zoyie reside at Circle D, but they visit the Jungle Cruise when the temperature hits 75 degrees. Poppy loves to laugh, and Zoyie likes to say hello to Guests. The birds have been greeting Guests at the Jungle Cruisae for 10 years.