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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!

Firehouse Five Plus two fire extinguisher

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.

Firehouse Five Plus Two

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!

Firehouse five Plus Two

Firehouse Five Plus Two

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 caricature form!

Firehouse Five Plus Two

Now stop clowning around and explore the rest of the land! There is so much more waiting to be discovered!


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