Fun Find Friday
December 9, 2011
Location: Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom
Back in 1947 Disney released
a film that combined live action and
animation called Fun and Fancy Free. During
the film Jiminy Cricket, who plays the host,
takes us to a party across the way. While
there he finds Edgar Bergen who is sharing
the story of Happy Valley with others.
During the story (which is most commonly known as
Mickey and the Beanstalk), Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto climb up the
beanstalk and find a giant named Willie. Willie, angered by the
unwanted visitors, chases them out of the house and down the
beanstalk. Unfortunately for Willie, Mickey and friends saw the
beanstalk and escape from the giant. However, at the very end of the
short cartoon we see Willie walking through the streets of L.A.
lifting up roofs of houses in search for Mickey.
I know, how does this connect with Fantasyland? Just
after passing through Cinderella Castle you will find a shop called
Sir Mickey's on
your right hand side. Sir Mickey's is themed around the Mickey and
the Beanstalk section of Fun and Fancy Free and throughout the shop
there are several details that relate to the film (which we will get
to in future Fun Finds), but today we will talk about one of my
Like I stated earlier, Willie the Giant was lifting
up the roofs of houses at the end of the film looking for Mickey.
Just after entering the shop from the main entrance take a look at
where the ceiling meets the wall directly in front of you. Here you
will see Willie the Giant, still on his search for Mickey (as seen
Return to Fun Find