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Fun Find Friday

April 5, 2013

Location: Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom

It's always when Disney gives nods to their past throughout the parks. In the past we have discussed obscure connections between Epcot and Disneyland park and taken a look at hidden fire hydrants in Fantasyland. Today, we are brining those two topics together by taking a look at this Fun Find in Big Top Souvenirs. While inside the shop you can find a few different spots that hold fire extinguishers that look like this:

Firehouse Five

I know what you are thinking: What's so special about this? It's just simply a nicely designed cover for a Fire Extinguisher. You are partly right. While several of the items found here are obvious: Storybook Circus (the land we are in), FD (stands for Fire Department), and Fire Extinguisher (I don't need to explain this one), one item has a special meaning: Firehouse Five.

So what exactly is Firehouse Five? Back when Disneyland first opened, Walt was recruiting several people who worked at the Studio to help him out in some way, shape, or form. While several of these people were Imagineers, others helped out in the entertainment department. One of the entertainment groups that were established consisted of Disney animators including Nine Old Men members Ward Kimball (leader of the group) and Frank Thomas (on piano).

The name of the group? Firehouse Five Plus Two. The group, which consisted of several different members throughout the years, performed for over twenty years in Disneyland. In addition to that, the group made appearances on the Mickey Mouse Club, the Goofy short, How to Dance, and even got a nod in The Princess and the Frog with the band, The Firehouse Five Plus Lou! Not a bad meaning for a fire extinguisher!


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