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Ten Fun Facts about Disney Planes Fire and Rescue

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Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

The Disney film “Planes Fire and Rescue” comes out in theaters today. A lot of attention to detail went into creating the world of “Planes Fire and Rescue,” and everything has a meaning or purpose. We talked with the Art Director, Toby Wilson, who shared some fun facts about the film. Share these fun facts with your kids before going to see the movie this weekend. It will make watching the film exciting to looking for these hidden “Easter eggs” in the movie.


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The world of Planes Fire and Rescue was inspired by some of the popular National Parks including Yosemite, Yellowstone and Sequoia National Park. They wanted to create a park that had a history to it.


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There are over 2.5 million trees in the Piston Peak National Park. The foliage in Piston Peak National Park is inspired by the National Parks of the Pacific Northwest. If you look closely at the trees, you’ll notice that they made spark plugs for the pine cones.


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In the Grand Fusel Lodge there are helicopter landing pads for balconies, a working train station, and a working airport. It was inspired by the Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone and the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. If you look closely during the film, you’ll notice that the fireplace is shaped like a 56 Chevy.


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Your children are going to fall in love with the characters Harvey and Winnie. On the back of Harvey’s spare tire is a US map, just like a lot of RV’s have. After visiting the individual states, they color in that state on the map. Harvey and Winnie have been to every state in the U.S. except Oklahoma.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

When doing research for the film, the creators brought their families to the Redondo Beach Fire Station. The firefighters were so welcoming to letting the kids climb on the firetrucks and show them everything and how it works. They designed the yellow fire truck, Pulaski, as a tribute to the Redondo Beach Engine 64.

More fun facts:

  • Smokey the Bear is Scorchy the Deer
  • There are tire tracks on the bark of the pine trees from the smoke jumpers
  • Windlifter has a dreamcatcher hanging from his workout bench, and his rotter blades are modeled to look like feathers on a headdress.
  • Maru’s front fenders don’t match. They don’t talk about it in the film, but he was in an accident in the past, and rebuilt himself
  • Dusty has to fly 75mph or he crashes

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