With the Fourth of July being celebrated this week, it seems like the perfect time to pay a visit to Magic Kingdom’s Liberty Square. This sign advertising the services of Ichabod Crane as a music instructor can be seen hanging over the second story of “Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.” Fittingly, this gives its proprietor a view of “Sleepy Hollow Refreshments” across the way since Ichabod was the central character of Washington Irving’s 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
While Crane’s main occupation was serving as the town’s schoolmaster, his singing skills were also mentioned as part of Irving’s original story. However, this advertisement seems even more appropriate given the famous singer who lent his voice to the Disney version in 1949’s “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad.” Singer and actor Bing Crosby, best know today for performing the ever-popular Holiday song “White Christmas,” both narrated and performed all the songs for Disney’s adoption of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This included providing the singing voice for Ichabod Crane and his brutish rival Brom Bones.
While Ichabod didn’t get to do a lot of singing in the film, his talent is briefly highlighted in a scene in which he gives a music lesson to a group of townswomen. As he croons in Crosby’s famous “boo-boo-boo” style, all of his students swoon. With a following like that, appointments to receive lessons from Ichabod might be harder to get than some FastPass+ reservations.
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