The Cats of Disneyland : Cast Members Patrolling After Hours

The Cats of Disneyland : Cast Members Patrolling After Hours

Each night at Disneyland, after all the sunburned families and exhausted cast members have made their way home, the park fills up again, but this time, with hundreds of feral cats.

“The cats-former pets, strays, and other assorted felines roaming Southern California- have been in Disneyland basically since it opened in 1955,” reported “They may have come originally to feast on bits of food left by visitors, but they probably stayed because there remain a limitless number of places to hide and hunt rats.”

After many attempts to chase them away, Disney let them stay because they could use the help of 200 cats to keep the rodent population under control.”The cats were smart and realized they’d found a decent hunting ground on a property that was free of all the typical dangers stray cats have to face,” reports ” They were able to emerge at night to a relatively empty park, and they could hunt in peace.”

“Today the cats spend their daylight hours resting in the park’s well-concealed ‘cat houses’, though you can sometimes spot a furry face peeking out between the mechanical lions on the Jungle Cruise,” according to

To keep the cat population under control, the Disney cats are all captured and spayed/neutered before being released back out onto the grounds. The Circle D Ranch cast members  help manage the cats, according to These are the same cast members who look after the goats at Big Thunder Ranch and the Main Street trolley horses. The cats are also given medical treatment, if necessary.

The current cat population on Disneyland property is about 200.Guests are more likely to spot these cats at  the feeding station locations  including ones near the Hungry Bear Restaurant in Disneyland, Taste Pilot’s Grill at DCA and White Water Snacks at the Grand Californian, according to

“Cats can also often be spotted in the Rose Court Garden at the Disneyland Hotel and in the ditch that runs parallel to the path for the Mickey and Friends Tram,” adds the website dedicated to the cats. To see actual profiles of the cats and learn more about their habits visit