Monday, May 28, 2007

Imperfect Goats

While perhaps one of the more well-known "secrets" of Walt Disney World, the five-legged goat on the Contemporary's large Grand Canyon Concourse mural has always been one of my favorites. During my first time staying at the hotel, I spent our entire vacation intensely searching for it, only to find it on the last day simply by looking up as we were leaving the monorail.

The infamous goat pays homage to the hotel's Native American roots. Certain Native American cultures believe that nothing humans create is entirely perfect, and thus will deliberately place flaws in their artwork, which they consider to be a path for the Spirit. The extra appendage makes the hotel imperfect, thus showing that yes, even Disney can make mistakes.

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