Five Legged Goats from Sir Mickey’s at the Magic Kingdom

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Published on March 24, 2014 at 2:00 am with 4 Comments

One of my favorite Five Legged Goats is one that goes practically unnoticed by most people at the Magic Kingdom. It’s also inside one of my favorite shops in all of Walt Disney World. Let’s take a quick tour of Sir Mickey’s in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom. Also, who knew you could buy ogre teeth and monster masks in the Magic Kingdom?

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This small shop located behind Cinderella’s Castle has more Five Legged Goats than you can shake a stick at. (Trust us, Jeff and I have tried to take sticks in there but we keep getting stopped.) Sir Mickey’s was originally the AristoCATS (1971-1996) and Merlin’s Magic Shop (1972-1986). Mickey’s Christmas Carol replaced Merlin’s Magic Shop from 1986 to 1996. With the redo in 1996, several Five Legged Goats were added, including one of the most surprising that you’ll find anywhere.

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The side of Sir Mickey’s closest to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel is where the Aristocats shop was located.

The Aristocats
Most of the lands have one store that specializes in Disney souvenirs; this stone-walled, vaguely Gothic shop alongside Merlin’s Magic Shop, slightly to the northeast of Cinderella Castle, is Fantasyland’s spot for Donald and Mickey key chains, sweat shirts and T-shirts, china Disney figurines, salt and pepper shakers, Donald Duck needlepoint kits, Minnie tote bags, tennis balls with a Mickey logo, and more.—Steve Birnbaum Brings You the Best of Walt Disney World, 1986

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The side of Sir Mickey’s that is closest to Cinderella Castle was where Merlin’s Magic Shop was located (Mickey’s Christmas Carol replaced it in 1996).

Merlin’s Magic Shop
Another really wonderful place near the Cinderella Castle archway. In addition to ogre fangs, monster makeup, and all manner of bizarre masks costing up to $40 (some of them really horrific), the store stocks Chinese rings, cups and balls, and other staples of the magician’s trade, plus magic books by Houdini and other masters of prestidigitation. There are also party jokes as well: rubber fried eggs, bald-skull caps, bloodshot eyeballs-on-springs that pop out of the wearer’s head, Slinkies, ventriloquists’ dummies, fake scorpions, and other knickknacks much loved by youthful Magic Kingdom visitors.—Steve Birnbaum Brings You the Best of Walt Disney World, 1986

Inside Sir Mickey’s

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A banner with 3 fleur-de-lys and three castles. ANyone know the background of this one?

The theming of Sir Mickey’s is an odd blend of two different animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse: the 1938 short, The Brave Little Tailor and the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment from Fun and Fancy Free. The imagineers combined the two shorts without rhyme or reason, except they have a vague, old European feel. There are more references to The Brave Little Tailor, but the size of one of the Mickey and the Beanstalk Five Legged Goat is pretty spectacular.

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The hands on the clock are scissors that a tailor would use.

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Near one of the doorways is a collection of items that a tailor would use.

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A crest that has been screwed to the walls with no less than three gray screws. Very sad.

The crest is a stylized version of a Spanish Coat of Arms. I found a few references to it that state it was the coat of arms used after the marriage of of Queen Isabel of Castile and King Ferdinand of Leon that depicted the symbols of both kingdoms—two castles and two lions. I also saw a reference that the coat would have been used in Spanish Florida.  The fact that it has been screwed to the wall with visible screws is really disappointing.

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A key hanging. Reminds me an awful lot of one of the keys from Mickey and the Beanstalk.

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More keys! Also, be sure to notice the beanstalk growing overhead.

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It’s Mickey climbing the beanstalk. There are also scissors on the cash register stations.

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But this is his outfit from The Brave Little Tailor not Mickey and the Beanstalk.

One of my favorite Five Legged Goats is a little detail right below one of the Exit signs. Check it out!

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It’s a background shot from Mickey and the Beanstalk featuring Happy Valley! I can hear the Golden Harp singing right now…

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One of the Most Surprising Five Legged Goats Ever!

After perusing the store, make sure to look at the back and towards the ceiling.

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It’s none other than Willie the Giant from the Mickey and the Beanstalk segment of Fun and Fancy Free. One of the later segments in the film shows Willie the Giant removing the roofs of several houses looking for Mickey Mouse and surprising Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd and Edgar Bergen.

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It is positively amazing and most people never notice it.

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What do you think about this strange mixture of themes in one store? Did you even notice Willie the Giant on your visits?


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  • tofubeast

    I’ve never noticed Willie the Giant. I suppose I should look more at the walls and ceilings while indoors at WDW. Thanks for the nice feature.

  • CheesyBee

    Mickey fights against giants in both movies so I can see why they would be combined into one store. I love that Willie the Giant is peaking through the roof.

  • billyjobobb

    that’s what sets Disney apart and why, if they keep it up, they will always be on top.

  • Cory Gross

    The theme does make a certain amount of sense… As CheesyBee noted, both shorts have Mickey fighting a giant. In “Mickey and the Beanstalk” Mickey is kind of his generic self but Willie has more character, whereas in “The Brave Little Tailor” the giant is kind of generic and Mickey is more distinct. So the two generic characters are cancelled out and you get the distinctive Brave Little Tailor Mickey vs. Willie the Giant.

    I haven’t seen the WDW version yet, but they have a similar shop in Disneyland Paris that was cute too.