A new post from the Disney Parks TikTok is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by revealing the long-hidden location of a legendary Disney character known mostly in Disneyland lore, The Little Man of Disneyland.
- The Disney Parks TikTok is marking St. Patrick’s Day by sharing an up close look at a very special tree in Adventureland at Disneyland. You see, the tree happens to be the home of the Little Man of Disneyland, whose name happens to be Patrick.
- But who is Patrick? The story of the Little Man of Disneyland, Patrick Begorra, was first told in one of the Disney Little Golden Books. Published in 1955 – the same year Disneyland opened. The Little Man of Disneyland introduced the leprechaun, who lives in a tiny house at the roots of a Disneyland tree.
- In 1955, several Little Golden Books spun stories around Walt’s latest dream-come-true, Disneyland. The most fantastical of these was Little Man of Disneyland, the charming story of Patrick, a leprechaun who lives in a tiny, half-hidden house at the roots of an Anaheim orange tree—until one day Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy (and Pluto too) turn up. They are ready to start moving trees so they can build “a wonderful place called Disneyland… with all sorts of marvelous things for fun.” The friends take the little man on a helicopter ride back to the Disney Studio—exactly how Walt traveled back and forth from Burbank—to see the Disneyland blueprints, drawings, and concept paintings (all based on actual Disneyland art). Patrick agrees to let them build the Park—as long as he can live there in a new house. Once Disneyland is ready to open, Patrick moves into a “wee snug house” of his own in a secret spot at the Park known only to him.
- The secret has been a part of park lore for some time, but now thanks to the Disney Parks TikTok, we know exactly where it is right next to the Indiana Jones Adventure in Adventureland.
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