Skip to main content

Sir Mickey's

It constantly amazes me how even the most obscure of Disney features manages to find a small corner in the Disney parks - especially when more famous, high profile animations are lucky to get a sniff of presence.  Fun and Fancy Free is no different.  Although Bongo the bear is absent, unsurprisingly Mickey's performance in Mickey and the Beanstalk is recognised in two Fantasylands - the one in Florida's Walt Disney World and the one at Disneyland Paris.

In both cases, it is a shop which houses theming based around Mickey and the Beanstalk.  At Walt Disney World, guests will find Sir Mickey's.  This is a shop themed around Mickey and the Beanstalk and also an earlier short, The Brave Little Tailor (another fairy tale which shares similarities with Jack and the Beanstalk).  It is situated behind Cinderella's castle and from the outside has a distinctly medieval castle style.  Inside, to the left of the store, visitors will find a beanstalk growing through the floor and across the ceiling.  Perched on one of the winding stalks is Mickey, carrying a lantern.  Here he is dressed as he appears in The Brave Little Tailor - a blue tunic, yellow belt and red tights (although he actually has black tights in the short film).  Aside from the colours, this is a similar outfit to what he wears in Mickey and the Beanstalk.

In another corner, Minnie can be found dressed as a princess.  Minnie appears in both shorts, as a princess in The Brave Little Tailor and a queen in Mickey and the Beanstalk.

Shields and coats of arms adorn the walls around the shop and the window displays outside are focussed on the story of the Brave Little Tailor with cotton reels, needles and other sewing paraphernalia.

Hanging on one wall is a framed picture of Happy Valley, the home of Mickey, Donald and Goofy in Mickey and the Beanstalk.

Most impressive of all inside the shop - and easily missed if you don't look up - are the huge fingers, nose and peering eyes of one Willie the Giant, desperately trying to force off the roof of the shop to grab at the guests below. 

In Disneyland Paris's Fantasyland, guests can visit Sir Mickey's Boutique.  Similarly placed - near to Sleeping Beauty's castle - this shop has an enormous beanstalk growing outside.  The exterior has a similar medieval appearance.  The detailing extends to a vegetable patch on the right of the entrance which has giant-sized radishes, carrots and runner beans, next to which is rooted the giant beanstalk.

Further to the right is a second entrance to the shop which is detailed in the style of a tent, the sort that might be seen at a jousting event.  This theming continues inside with a Goofy as a knight on horseback (which is attached as if to a carousel) and lances on the walls.  There is also a beautiful stained glass window in this section of the shop.

The beanstalk itself can be found extending into the shop.  Clinging to one of the fronds is Mickey, in his outfit from Mickey and the Beanstalk (a red tunic and orangey-coloured tights).  The beanstalk is again reaching and curling around the ceiling of the shop.  There isn't, however, a giant trying to force his way in!

When we visited Disneyland Paris, Sir Mickey's Boutique was not a shop we visited and I actually think it may have been closed.  The area next to it holds Le Carrousel de Lancelot which was under renovation when we were in the park.  I do remember seeing the giant beanstalk but I'm disappointed I didn't get to see inside the shop (whether by accident or design) and it is definitely one I will make a point of visiting on our next trip (whenever that may be).


Popular posts from this blog


A Disney Tale: A baby elephant is delivered to a circus elephant.  The baby, nicknamed Dumbo, has huge ears and is mocked by the other circus elephants and visitors to the circus.  When his mother tries to defendhim, she is separated from Dumbo and imprisoned.  Dumbo ends up working with the clowns but, after a drunken night with his new friend Timothy Mouse, Dumbo discovers he can fly with the aid of his massive ears.  At the circus, he becomes a sensation and is reunited with his mother.

Disney Heroine: Dumbo lacks significant human characters so the role of Disney Heroine for this film really falls to Dumbo's mother, Mrs Jumbo.  Her actions protecting Dumbo from the mean children at the circus are the catalyst for many of the film's later events.  The sorrow she feels when imprisoned in solitary confinement and separated from her only child is palpable as is her joy when reunited and travelling in the Jumbo family's private carriage at the back of Casey Jnr.  Interesting…

Pinocchio Miscellaneous

Pinocchio also appears in two other attractions at Disney parks.

Firstly the film has a large presence in Disneyland California's Storybook Land Canal Boats.  The beginning of the ride sees boats pass through the mouth of Monstro the Whale (possibly why this isn't a feature of the dark ride) and then on to see various miniature scenes of Disney films, one of which is Geppetto's village.

I will review Storybook Land Canal Boats - and its Disneyland Paris equivalent - in more detail in the future as it is a ride themed around a number of different films rather than being Pinocchio-centric.

I do like the idea of travelling through Monstro's mouth, though (in Paris it is the opening to the Cave of Wonders instead).

Pinocchio also has a presence in Fantasmic! with both Pinocchio and Monstro the Whale appearing at various points in all three versions of the show (at Walt Disney Hollywood Studios; Disneyland California and Tokyo DisneySea).

I have seen the Hollywood Studios versi…

Dumbo Miscellaneous

For such an iconic character, the one thing missing from the world of Dumbo is a character meet and greet around the parks.  However, at a Disneyland fireworks display around 2009, Dumbo was seen to fly around the castle (as seen in the image above).  Videos of the show suggest this was quite an awesome sight.  He seems to be a moving puppet (I'm assuming there isn't anyone inside him).

Dumbo also features in a number of Disney computer games.  He is a 'summon' in the Kingdom Hearts series of role play games (a character who the player 'summons' to aid them in battle) and also features in a segment of Disney's Villain's Revenge game.  This is slightly odd because, as I pointed out in my review of the film, there is no real clear villain in Dumbo.   In the game, the Ringmaster - the closest the film gets to a traditional villain - is forcing Dumbo to perform in his circus in a much more sadistic way than is ever presented in the film.  The player has to r…