The Cigar Store Indian on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom


On Main Street USA with Big Chief Seegar.
On Main Street USA with ‘Big Chief Seegar’ (green cape).  He’s only 5 feet tall!

Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland once featured tobacco shops on their respective Main Streets.

Walt Disney World’s tobacco shop closed in the mid-1980s. The Cigar Store Indian, Big Chief Seegar (say his name out loud!) remains as a tribute. Today, he can be found in front on the Crystal Arts shop, on the northeast corner of Main and Center Street at the Magic Kingdom.

That’s him in the blue cape.

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Mom with Big Chief Seegar. He’s very short!

When the Magic Kingdom opened in 1971, the park featured a shop called “The Tobacconist”.  That shop was located on the west side of the street, between the House of Magic and the Refreshment Corner (now Casey’s corner).  The shop sold tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, hand carved pipes, and loose leaf tobacco.

In the early-1980s, the shop was closed, but tobacco products could still be purchased across the street at the Market House for a few more years.  The Cigar Store Indian Big Chief Seegar was moved down the street to its present location to reflect the change.


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Big Chief Pipum at Frontierland

But wait, there’s two more – including the original one!!! – at Disneyland too!

Most guests don’t know that you can find the twin to the Disney World Main Street Cigar Store Indian in Disneyland’s Frontierland, Big Chief Pipum.  He wears a red cape.

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January 2020: I took this photo of Big Chief Pipum at Disneyland.  He seems more roughly carved.

One can be found on the porch in front of Prairie Outpost & Supply.

The Frontierland Cigar Store Indian wears a reddish cape.

At one time, this location also sold tobacco products, but not for thirty years now.

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The Chief looking serious on Main Street.

Since 2000, tobacco products are no longer sold in any of the Disney parks, but the Cigar Store Indian remains at most of the Disney parks, providing an ever vigilant watch over Main Street, USA and providing a glimpse of Disney World’s past.

Caroline is as tall as he is!  5’6″

Traditionally known as a “Cigar Store Indian” or “Wooden Indian”, statues such as these were used as an advertising figure made to represent tobacconists, much like barber poles advertise barber shops or three gold balls advertise pawn shops.

These figures were three-dimensional sculptures several feet tall up to life-sized.  But, how did an Indian come to represent tobacco products?  American Indians were associated with tobacco since they had introduced the product to Europeans in the 1600s.  The Indian statue served as a visual magnet, drawing the attention of passersbys to the store. 

Throwback Thursday photo with the Chief.
1996:  #TBT Photo #2 – Throwback Thursday photo with the Chief and my sister.  Disney World
On our first visit to the Magic Kingdom, 1993. Seeing the Chief for the 1st time!
1993:  #TBT Photo #1 – On my first visit to the Magic Kingdom – Seeing the Chief for the 1st time with my mom!  Disney World
Mom with Big Chief Seegar. He’s very short!


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Ready for a fun – and long – day at the Magic Kingdom!

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