Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What's the only thing more amazing than being a unicorn? Being smart. This page is for helping you to learn all about hosting a unicorn party or event with Milo or Tinkerbell so that you can be a savvy steed too!
Who are Milo and Tinkerbell?
Milo is our big-sized unicorn and Tinkerbell is our little (pony) sized unicorn. One unicorn, either Milo or Tinkerbell, arrives at each in person party or photo shoot. We typically recommend that people choose Milo for big, open, spaces with adults, such as at weddings. Tinkerbell is much more petite and suitable for smaller backyards and homes. Tinkerbell also has special saddlery and equipment that is expressly designed for the comfort and safety of riders between ages 3-12.
Do Milo and Tinkerbell like their jobs?
Does a horse like carrots??? Yes, they do. They REALLY likes their jobs. In fact, when Milo doesn't have parties to go to he gets sad as in droopy tail, non glitterific, "what am I doing with my life?" emo LA actor working part time as a stand up comic in a bad dive bar sad.
Milo loves kids and really loves being with his staff.... when those two super powers combine it's magic. You can typically tell when he's really happy because he perks his ears up and smiles at the camera, the guests, the champagne, basically everything. He smiles by himself when he's happy or excited or has a "that's soooo cute!!!" moment when looking at something he finds interesting. He's not trained to smile; he just does when he's happy.
Is Milo a pony? Do you offer ponies?
Milo is a full sized, 15.2 hands high Azteca horse. That's average (he'd say exceptional) American horse size for you city folk, around 5' tall (or about adult human shoulder height) where his back meets the base of this neck.
Tinkerbell is a Welsh pony. Tinkerbell is 11.2 hands high meaning that her back is about the level of an adult human's waist. She's a perfect size for ages 3-12 and for worried moms who are intimidated by large animals.
.What does a unicorn and their team do at an in person party?
At Unicorn (no wings) parties, such as with Tinkerbell, they lavish attention on the birthday guest of honor (if applicable) when they come up to visit, pose for photos, talk about how to communicate and be safe around horses, encourage kids to learn about animal with facts about how horses and unicorns see, communicate, and live, help guests ages 3+ to sit on or ride the unicorn as long as it is safe to do so, and help guests to meet them and pet them on their favorite spots.
At Pegasus style parties (only offered by Milo) they lavish attention on the birthday guest of honor (if applicable) when they come up to visit with him, pose for photos, talk about how to communicate and be safe around horses, encourage kids to learn about animal with facts about how horses and unicorns see, communicate, and live, and help guests to meet him and pet him on his favorite spots. Riding for guests is not possible with the Pegasus costume.
At our non-riding Unicorn Park Visits Milo or Tinkerbell poses for photos and introduces themselves to you and your family. Our handlers know some great poses and can help to coach you on different things you can do while standing next to them on the ground. Park Visits do not include riding or sitting on the unicorn and are intended for non-commercial, personal, non-defamatory, use only.
If you add on a character entertainer, such as one of our fairies or princesses, then that person can lead an adorable unicorn story time, themed fantasy and unicorn games, offer glitter tattoos, help organize the waiting line, and poses for photos.
Who can ride a unicorn? Do I need a waiver?
Ages 3+ who are strong enough to sit up and balance with their own ability with a signed equestrian release waiver and with side walkers (people walking next to the rider if a small child). We cannot put infants or children under the age of 3 on the unicorn. You are welcome to pose with Milo or Tinkerbell while standing next to them on the ground if you have a child under the age of 3.
A waiver is required for any riders or people physically sitting ON the unicorn or riding them.
Please have your guests complete the waiver before your party to reduce delays once the unicorn team arrives.
Riding options are not available for Milo's Glitterati Pegasus look.
There is a 165 pound weight limit on any guests wishing to sit on or ride Milo.
There is an 100 pound weight limit on any guests wishing to sit on or ride Tinkerbell.
Guests may not ride or sit on a unicorn backwards or "double." This includes infants, toddlers, or small children.
How much room does a unicorn need to work in?
Unicorns cannot walk up and down stairs, on slick surfaces like marble, or through houses.
A unicorn needs the same amount of space as your Range Rover or Tesla SUV to walk around in. If you couldn't drive your standard to XL size car through a space and U-turn it then there is not enough room to safely walk the unicorn. A walking path must be "forward drive" only and cannot include "reverse."
If you'd hit or run over something (child, caterer, toys, etc.) with your car if you were driving the car through the desired photo / ride space, then that space is not clear or safe enough for a unicorn to work in.
Any gates need to be at least 6' wide for Milo, 4' wide for Tinkerbell, gates are not the same thing as corridors or paths. While a unicorn can get through one gate that is narrow, they have to have bigger areas to walk through or they can get claustrophobic.
A 50' square or larger area is ideal. Sidewalks or quiet residential streets are preferred to noisy backyard or areas where lots of balloons and distractions / noise are present.
What if it's hot, humid, or rains?
If the weather on your party date is over a heat index of 150 or below 55 degrees F we will ask you to reschedule for the welfare and health of our animals. If it's raining and you can provide covered protection from the rain we can normally still work.
I want the the unicorn's appearance to be a surprise. How do I prevent my guests from seeing them before the party?
The easiest way to also make the unicorn visit a surprise is to start their appearance about 1.5 hours after your official party start time when your guests are already at the party.
If you are partying with Milo, we recommend blocking off a 60'x16' parking spot on an adjacent street from your location (1 block away MAX) where the unicorn team can prepare the unicorn for your party without being seen. If you are doing this please provide us with a "parking address" in addition to your "venue address" so that we know which is which. They can then walk the unicorn around the block to your party to make a surprise appearance.
If you are partying with Tinkerbell we can effectively hide her in her "Unicorn Limo" until she's ready to be seen, even if that's right in front of your house. We require a minimum 60'x16' parking spot.
What does the money raised from unicorn parties pay for?
100% of all income and donations made from Unicorn online / Zoom parties go directly back to the unicorns' care to provide them with a long, happy, life of love, luxury, and pampering. This is significantly better than most famous so called "animal welfare" charities, so called sanctuaries, and activism groups that only give a paltry 4-27% of their fundraising income to actual animals and pocket the rest themselves. By choosing our team for your event you're helping us to champion the concept that animals should be taken care of and compensated fairly and well for their work.
How are Milo and Tinkerbell trained or worked with?
All methods we use are founded in symbiotic respect with our animals and the natural behaviors that their species use in the wild. Their staff uses positive reinforcement methods such as verbal praise, petting, and treats to encourage them to try new things. You might not realize it but our staff spends years finding and getting each new unicorn by "interviewing" them to see what they like to do and if the celebrity party lifestyle is what they'd enjoy. Their happiness and well being is our top priority and is something we meticulously obsess over. Overall horses are naturally smart and social animals who love doing things (much like many dogs). We love helping them to develop their intelligence in order to lead a full, happy, life in a human run world. Our approach is to let our unicorns investigate a new item or situation with their natural curiosity, accept it, and praise them for it so that they gain confidence and have a calm and positive outlook on life.
Where do the unicorns live?
When not visiting parties our unicorns live in a large pasture setting with a connected indoor / outdoor horse house where they can play, sunbathe, sleep, and relax. They love their staff who create games to play for fun and are doted on with daily housekeeping, plenty of brushing, spa days, fresh food and water, and an entire closet full of custom blankets (jackets for horses) for when it gets cold. Should they need it, our unicorns have immediate access to human experts for veterinary, holistic nutrition, massage, hoof, chiropractic, dentistry, acupuncture, behavioral communication, and other specialty care. In the event of a natural disaster or emergency they have their own dedicated rescue personnel, transport, and evacuation plans.
Can Milo or Tinkerbell talk?
Milo and Tinkerbell, like most animals, have their own personalities and are particularly proactive in expressing it and their opinions through seventeen different facial expression, a variety of body movements, and levels of specific muscle zone tension. Essentially they talk with their bodies, just like someone who is deaf might talk with their hands. They also "point" to things of interest with their ears, muzzle, and body and sometimes gently nudges their staff around to direct them to what they needs help with. At other times one of them might sigh in exasperation or roll their eyes and cock a hip to say "really????" when people are just too slow to understand what they deem to be the logical approach to a situation. The unicorn staff act as interpreters for the unicorns at events to help to tell people what they're saying and also to help people to learn to read / interpret "horse."
Does Milo do magic?
Yes, Milo the Unicorn does magic tricks (or, rather, his human helper does them as he takes all the credit) as part of his Deluxe Online / Zoom Calls. One of the very biggest requests that kids make online is to see a unicorn do magic. We're delighted to have an all-female team of magic consultants and human helpers who have created a custom kid-friendly and super sweet magic show that showcases a variety of top secret unicorn talents such as how unicorns make rainbows or bake their own cupcakes. It's quintessentially "unicorn" and we love it - we're sure you will too!
Tinkerbell doesn't currently do magic but will happily offer to make any and all food disappear!
Do the unicorns like wearing costumes?
Yes. Milo especially loves his giant (but super light weight) Pegasus wings. Milo's a bit of a clothes horse when it comes to accessories. If he was a human he'd probably be a drag queen headlining in West Hollywood. His horn is ultra light weight and well padded for a perfect fit. As horses and unicorns can't see directly in front of their forehead he actually doesn't even realize when he's wearing it. He will strike poses at random when he really likes something he is wearing, similar to the behavior you might see from a small child playing dress up in front of a mirror.
Tinkerbell is much more of an upscale "girly girl" and likes her pink bows and pastel outfit the most.
Most of what you see either of them wear (such as their iconic pink saddles, white bridles) are actually just standard horse equipment pieces that we have had customized to be in bright, fun, colors. Everything that they wear have been custom fit or tailored to fit them for optimal comfort, just like any other Hollywood celebrity would on set. At home they each have their own custom casual clothing closet with pajamas (horse blankets), lounge wear (turnout sheets and fly blankets) fly bonnets, and other things ready for any type of weather to keep him comfortable and happy. We're constantly working with each unicorn on seeing what they do and do not like in life. If either of them doesn't like wearing something then we don't make them wear it.
Can the unicorn walk through my house?
As much as they’d like to check out the fridge, unicorn load in and walking paths may NOT go through a house as a 500-1,200 pound weight might damage the floor. All of the unicorns are unshod (meaning naturally balanced hooves) so they're fine on concrete, patios, concrete, grass, AstroTurf, and other solid surfaces that do not break when bearing weight. Tinkerbell, at 500 pounds, is typically fine on most sturdy wooden decking. Please keep them off of pool tile which can crack. UNICORNS DO NOT WALK UP FLIGHTS OF STAIRS. We also don't recommend letting them on the dance floor or in food prep areas either.
How does the unicorn get to my party?
Milo or Tinkerbell is chauffeured to your event in our spiffy "Unicorn Limo" which is a luxury horse truck and trailer specifically designed for their needs. They needs a blocked off / reserved parking spot with "pull through" or very wide cul de sac parking 60' or longer x 16' wide for their delivery truck and trailer…. that’s about the length of a semi truck. The staff must be allowed to park his "limo" themselves - valets are not trained or qualified to move and park large rigs.
Does the unicorn come out of their "Unicorn Limo" fully dressed?
Milo, like most LA celebrities, tends to sneak in to parking at events posing as average to avoid detection. That means no sparkles, fab fashion, or horn etc. His staff takes over his makeup and wardrobe once he has arrived and is out of his "Limo," working out of its custom dressing room to prep.
Tinkerbell can walk out of her "Limo" fully dressed upon request.
Glitter gel and conditioning treatments formulated specifically for healthy hooves and mane.
Can the unicorn dress to match my party?
Milo has a few main color categories in his wardrobe: pastel (pink / white / gold), blue and silver snowflake, rainbow, Halloween, and Goth (black / silver).
Tinkerbell has mini versions of Milo's pastel (pink / white / gold), Christmas, and rainbow outfits.
We don't offer any other costumes and do not make any custom costumes without payment to do do. Typically custom saddle pads require a base patterning and construction cost of $450 per item PLUS materials with at least 1 month's notice. Custom bridle or leather work starts at $1,500-$3,500 per item PLUS materials and require a minimum of 2 months' advance notice. Custom saddles start at $6,500 PLUS materials and require a minimum of 4 month's advance notice. All custom tack and accessory commissions are subject to maker and material availability.
What does the human who brings the unicorn wear?
They typically wear a fresh, contemporary, look of tidy shirts and blue jeans.
Can hte unicorn stand on carpet?
No as they like to pee on it.
Do you offer other animals?
So about my balloons...
Please try to keep balloons to a minimum (regardless of twisted balloons or blown up). Both unicorns are trained to work around balloons but they can pop and scare them. Please keep the unicorn at least 200 ft. away from any large 3'+ giant balloons that kids might blow up, they sound like loud gunshots when they go off. If a child or guest deliberately starts popping balloons to try to scare the unicorn then our team will stop work or leave without a refund.
How about the unicorn being around bubbles / under bubble machines?
No. Horses and unicorns are afraid of bubbles. They think that they look like swarms of bees which they are naturally afraid of.
What about Confetti Cannons? Confetti Poppers? Giant colored chalk bombs? Explosions like Fireworks? He'd love to be next to them if I buy them somewhere else, right?
No. They like rainbows but unfortunately not man-made explosions of colors. Please save those for your own after party after the unicorn leaves.
Can you dye the unicorn colors or spray the unicorn with hair dye or paint for my party?
Can I feed the unicorn? Does the unicorn have food?
Horses, like humans, don't need to eat and drink all day long so, if the unicorn is not eating, really, they're fine and just aren't hungry. We ask you not to feed them, they are each on a special diet developed by their veterinary and nutrition team. Each unicorn has access to ample food and water at home and also has "take out" horse food available and water beverage service available in the "limo." Unicorns and horses are vegetarians and do not eat people. The unicorn team appreciates having access to fresh water to fill up their water buckets with while at your location though.
Can the unicorn wander loose at my party for atmosphere?
Unfortunately as much as they'd love to wander over to the buffet, the unicorn must be either under lead by one of their staff members at all times at parties to make our insurance carrier happy.
Can the unicorn rear on cue?
No. We have not taught the unicorns to rear on cue and have no plans to do so.
My kid doesn't like the name of the unicorn. Will you rename it for me?
No but we'll be happy to rename your child for you!
What happens if the unicorn poops?
We recommend keeping our unicorn outside on a grass or dirt surface for this reason. We bring all other needed cleaning supplies. If the unicorn poops then a human staff member will scoop it up with a rake or shovel and a bucket to dispose of away from your guests. If he or she pees then water will wash it away.
Are riding helmets provided?
Yes, rental equestrian riding helmets are automatically provided for unicorn parties where riding is requested (riding option not available for Milo's Glitterati Pegasus costume).
Can I ride the unicorn on the beach for a film shoot? Or have the unicorn at the beach?
Is either unicorn trained for work with Special Needs, Different Abilities, Alternative Considerations, or Disabled Persons?
No. Neither of our unicorns are a certified therapy horse and are not trained to offer adaptive horseback riding to children and adults with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. Their tack / costuming is also not the type of specialty equipment needed for these unique needs and our team is not certified or insured in therapeutic or adaptive riding services. If your loved one needs additional adaptive considerations as a rider we recommend that you contact Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship instead as their organization is designed to help with these types of riders.
Can Milo carry a bride in to her reception or wedding?
Yes. Please tell us if you need a riding unicorn with sidesaddle for a grand entrance as pre-training with the bride and her dress is required to ensure a smooth celebration before the wedding. Glitterati Pegasus option not available for riding.
Where do the unicorns go to for unicorn parties?
They travel to Ventura County and most of Northern Los Angeles County only.
Do you offer anything else for unicorn parties?
Yes, we offer unicorn princess characters, fairy characters, and our wonderful DIY Cuddle Craft stuffed animal crafts at an extra fee for parties.
What if you're late?
In five years we've only arrived late once. We run early by at least 45 minutes to every event but in the off chance of a tire blowout or extreme freeway shutdown we may be delayed in arrival. If that happens we will stay over for the duration of time that we were late to fulfill the contractual obligation on time duration to you. No other refund or discount will be provided.