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Disney World And The 5-Legged Goat

Have you heard about the Walt Disney World Resort's 5-legged goat?

It's true, there is a 5-legged goat in the Contemporary Resort.

OK, it's not a live goat, but rather one that is incorporated into the magnificent murals that are part of the Grand Canyon Concourse in the resort.

Before we see the goat let's learn a little about the person that brought the infamous animal to the mural and why.

Mary Blair

Mary is one of the Disney Legends. She was recognized with that honor posthumously in 1991.

Mary's stylized artwork and influence is recognized in many of the classic Disney animated movies and Disney World and Disneyland attractions.

Movies that she provided art for included: "The Three Caballeros", "Song of the South," "Make Mine Music," "Melody Time," "So Dear to My Heart," "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad," "Cinderella," "Alice in Wonderland," and "Peter Pan."

She is also known for her contributions to the "look" of the "It's A Small World" attraction. She also created murals for Disneyland in addition to the one at the Contemporary Resort.

Why The 5-Legged Goat?
So we come back to the question about the 5-Legged Goat. In these massive 90 foot high murals that were painted in time for the Contemporary Resort opening in 1971, why did she feel the need to give one of the goats 5 legs?

The story goes that Mary believed that no piece of artwork should be perfect because only God was perfect, so she purposely created the mistake, aka the 5-legged goat, in the mural.

How Can I Find The Goat?
If you would like to see the 5-legged goat in person, first travel to the Contemporary Resort. In the Grand Canyon Concourse, which is the expansive area that the monorail travels through, you will notice that there are massive murals on each of the sides of the center structure.

The murals are breathtakingly impressive, so take the time to check them out and not just look for the 5-legged goat.

To find the "special" goat, you must look on the side of the mural that faces the monorail station, but furthest away from the Magic Kingdom. There near the top of the mountain will be the goat with one of its normal companions.

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