Fans of Communicore Weekly (the Greatest Online Show™) are familiar with the term Five Legged Goat. We do a weekly segment dedicated to the hidden details of Disney parks; it started with a look at the venerated five legged goat in the Grand Canyon Concourse mural created by Mary Blair at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. I know that Jeff Heimbuch and I spend a lot of time at the parks hunting and researching more five legged goats for the show.
Sometimes you might see it,
Sometimes you don’t.
Hey, look! What’s that?
It’s a Five Legged Goat.
So, let’s take a look at a few of the five legged goats at Pete’s Silly Sideshow and Big Top Treats in the new Storybook Circus area of the Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
Pete’s Silly Sideshow
Let’s take a look at some of the hidden and not-so-hidden details at Pete’s Silly Sideshow.
Not sure if this is a true five legged goat or just an example of some amazing and unnecessary theming from Imagineers. Either way, I love the fact that it’s something that not everyone sees.
This sign for The Nearly World Famous Pete’s Silly Sideshow is another great example of theming. It’s aged well and adds a lot to the area.
The calliope near the entrance is a trove of five legged goats. The Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom on the calliope’s marquee refers to the 1953 animated short film of the same title which also won the 1954 Academy Award for Best Short Subject for Cartoons. The words of the title refer to the four sounds that musical instruments make. Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom was directed by Ward Kimball and Charles A. Nicholls. We’ll see another Kimball five legged goat a bit later. (You can find the short on Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s–1960s and Fantasia 2000.)
Melody Time Brass Horn band Manufactured by Melody Time Brass Horns Co. is an obvious reference to the 1948 film that featured seven animated shorts. Melody Time includes Pecos Bill and the Legend of Johnny Appleseed.
As you exit Pete’s Silly Sideshow, you see a little bit of what makes Pete so special. The back of the screens that tell you to enter if you dare also admonish you that there is “No Re-Entry Unless You Buy Another Ticket”.
Big Top Treats
Though you might think of it solely as an air-conditioned spot to pick up a souvenir or gigantic candied apple, make sure to spend a little time checking out the many five legged goats strewn throughout this fantastically themed shop. That is if you can pull yourself away from some of the amazing treats that are made right before your very eyes.
One of the first things that I noticed was the detail on the carpeting (seriously, Disney does some awesome things with carpet). It looked like stitched canvas and painted floor boards.
Casey Jr.’s Cars
As you make your way around the edge of Big Top Treats, you’ll notice that the merchandise is displayed in various train cars. One of my favorites is the Penguins refrigerated car that hold chilled beverages. Make sure to notice the wheels and detailing on the crest. Also, pay attention to the display racks. The candy dispenser has a fire hose wrapped around the top.
The Hyenas section is used for displaying home and kitchen wares.
You can check out in one of the cars set aside for the Camels.
Boy’s clothing is waiting in the Bears car.
Gifts and items for the young princess set can be found in the Kangaroos car.
Cheetahs! I heard they never prosper—or something.
The Lions car offers another area to pay for your purchases.
There are paintings spread throughout the shop, usually behind the cash registers, that feature circus animals in their native habitat. This one is Lambert the Sheepish Lion, from the 1952 animated short. I found another reference to Lambert below.
As I mentioned earlier, don’t forget to check out the stand-alone merchandise displays. There are quite a few of them that have “feeding buckets” underneath then that pay homage to Disney animated characters. This one is obviously meant for Lambert.
We’ve got one for Hyacinth Hippo from Fantasia. You can also see the great detailing in the carpet.
A five legged goat dedicate to Clara Cluck! Clara saw her debut in the 1934 Mickey Mouse short, The Orphan’s Benefit.
One of the last ones is dedicated to the Big Bad Wolf from the 1933 animated short, Three Little Pigs. I wondered why his barrel is the only one right-side up. Any thoughts?
A five legged goat theme that you’ll see throughout Storybook Circus is dedicated to the Firehouse Five Plus Two Dixieland Jazz band. The Firehouse Five Plus Two was a band of Walt Disney Studio artists that formed to play during lunch breaks and eventually played at Disneyland, in various television specials and released thirteen albums. In some references, you’ll see an obvious reference to Ward Kimball as a clown with over-sized glasses.
Do you have a favorite Five Legged Goat from Storybook Circus in the Magic Kingdom?
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