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Who's Who? Wednesday

December 14, 2011

Yen Sid

Yen Sid is a very mysterious and extremely powerful sorcerer. He can be seen in 'Fantasia,' 'Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse,' 'Fantasia 2000,' and his famous sorcerer hat makes a cameo in Walt Disney's 2010 film 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' after the credits. He can also be seen in the television show 'House of Mouse' and I also remember seeing in a few different Disney specials when I was a kid. He can be found in the 'Kingdom Hearts' series, and the wildly popular 2010 Disney game 'Epic Mickey.' He can also be found in merchandise such as his hat, books and pins.

He lives in a very large and strange tower near Twilight Town according to the Kingdom Hearts games. He has many allies at his disposal including Mickey Mouse and all the forces of good. His enemies included all the Disney villains and other dark forces that want destroy everyone and everything. He uses magic to control his magic brooms and Mickey finds out the hard way how hard it is to control them.

*FUN FACT* A lot of people know this already, but I really enjoy this little fun find: Yen Sid is Disney spelled backwards. This is the reason I love Disney so much. They put so many easter eggs in everything and there attention to detail is unbelievable.

Yen Sid is a very tall, skinny, and elderly man. He wears a blue robe, a blue pointy sorcerer's hat with moons and stars on it, and has a very long gray beard. You can see a very large replica of this hat at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Yen Sid is very wise, and is extremely strict and stern.

He was created by the Disney Legend Fred Moore, and after Fred's untimely passing was animated by Vladimir Tytla, and voiced by Corey Burton. A lot of people believe that Balthazar Blake in The Sorcerer's Apprentice is Yen Sid in live action form. Yen Sid was definitely the inspiration for Balthazar.

You can only spot Yen Sid references in a few places in a Disney theme park, with most of the references having to do with his famous sorcerer's hat. His statue can be seen at Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf, a large replica hat can be found at Hollywood Studios, his hat can also be found at Disneyland Paris as part of the Art of Disney Animation building, and his hat can also be seen in Mickey's Philharmagic at Walt Disney World. I would love to see Yen Sid be included during a scene for World of Color at Disneyland in the future. I think it would really add to an already amazing night time show.


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