Fun Find Friday
January 30, 2015
Location: Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom
Beginning right around the time when Disneyland
opened in 1955, Walt recruited various members of his animation team
to form a band at his newly opened park. The name of the band? The
Firehouse Five Plus Two. Two of the original members of the band
were part of Walt's legendary Nine Old Men team of animators, Frank
Thomas and Ward Kimball.
I know what you're thinking, nice little story, but
how on earth does this connect us to Storybook Circus? The first
connection, which was discussed in A Closer Look at the Magic
Kingdom's Fantasyland, can be found at the fire extinguishers around
the area where the holders are labeled as the Firehouse Five fire
extinguishers, but that's just the first layer of this story!
One of the most unique areas of New Fantasyland is
the waiting area for Dumbo where children are allowed to play in a
circus themed area while waiting to board everyone's favorite
elephant! While in this area, an area designed specifically for the
younger guests features a small little circus ring which also has a
neat little mural of seven clowns acting like firefighters (a nod to
a scene in Dumbo.
However, a closer look at the mural causes us to
realize that there is more here than meets the eye. Count the number
of clowns acting like fire fighters. How many do you count? Seven!
While this may seem like a nice coincidence at first, a closer
examination of the firefighters faces on the mural reveals their
true identify. The clowns/firefighters found here are actual
caricatures of the original Firehouse Five Plus Two band members!
The fun doesn't stop there, however! If you head
over to Casey Jr. Splash 'n' Soak, you can find one cart which is
labeled clowns. On the side of the cart you can find a mural of
three clowns dressed as firefighters. Once again, Ward Kimball (in
the glasses) and other members of the band are found once again
Now stop clowning around and explore the rest of the
land! There is so much more waiting to be discovered!
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