Interacting with the live animals at Disneyland has always been one of my favorite experiences. The horsedrawn streetcars on Main Street seems to be the last vestage where guests can encounter live critters whenever they desire. Each and every visit, I never miss this delightful experience ..even though I have to watch where I step once back onto the street.
Occasionally when one is lucky, they can experience exotic animals at Tarzan's Treehouse whenever keepers from zoos bring them to show. You can even handle some of them. Talk about a thrill.
Unfortunately, most of the animal attractions are closed. Gone is the Critter Corral petting zoo. The horse drawn wagons and pack mule ride of Fronteerland's yesteryear are but a memory ..though one that has stuck with me for a lifetime.
In today's lawsuit happy society, Disney's legal magicians have a way of making the animals all disappear. This leaves a void in my heart, and I yearn for a return to simpler times when live animals were an integral part of the guest experience.
If Disney reopens the former Rainbow Desert trails area one day, seems like a ride atop mules, horses or elephants would be good fun. Surely, they could close the trail area off more securely than they did years ago, when one or two mules escaped. People ride Yosemite teams of horses all the time. Why would this not be doable at DL. The same can be said of the elephants both parents and kids ride at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in NorCal.
Also, an exotic bird show such as the one at Disney's Animal Kingdom would also be a great experience.
Who out there agrees with me that more live animal attraction offerings would significantly contribute to a better guest experience?
If any of you have ideas of your own for utilizing animals at Disneyland or DCA, I would love to hear about them.