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Topic: New Big Thunder Backstory Announced

Dr Hans Reinhardt
Mon 11/19/2012 12:20p
A Disney Park Blog post reveals that a new (sort of) backstory has been revealed for Big Thunder Mountain RR along with interactive queue enhancements.


Jim in Merced CA
Mon 11/19/2012 12:39p
The name seems ... Odd. Bullion? Really?
Kennesaw Tom
Mon 11/19/2012 12:49p
Not necessary. I think it would have been better to have a loose backstory here. Having Big Thunder Railroad owned and operated by an angry tyrant, Robber Baron is not entertaining and unnecessary to enjoy the ride. Why go there? As for gold, where is the gold at Big Thunder Mountain? You'd think that Disney would put sparkly gold somewhere on that ride.

How soon before we can anticipate a backstory for Mission Space that involves egotistical NASA management/ technician types that rushed space ships to production before working all the possible bugs out, thus placing people in harms way?
Mon 11/19/2012 12:56p
I guess someone at WDI needed to justify their job, huh?

Overall it's not a big deal, but it is a little confusing to see them spending time and money on writing new stories for old attractions rather than pushing for the old attractions to actually be treated well.
Kennesaw Tom
Mon 11/19/2012 1:01p
This reminds me of when I created a backstory for the mega store on Main Street and Spirit complemented me. I figured everything else in the MK has a backstory, why not the mega store on Main Street as well.
Jim in Merced CA
Mon 11/19/2012 1:13p
As an actor, sometimes it can be helpful, when preparing for a role, to create a 'backstory' for your character.

Maybe it involves where the character is from, what he does for a living, is he married etc. Of course some aspects of a character are inherent in the script and what the author has written.

A backstory might help an actor lock in some details and help him play the part more effectively.
Now, whatever that exercise might be, it's up to the actor to bring that character to life. The actor does not step on stage and say "hi audience members, , I did a backstory on my character and this is who he is"

Same with these. 'Backstory" exercises that Disney publishes.

As visitors to the park, and to Big Thunder, Why not let us discover the details on our own? Don't tell me how to feel. You create the environment and I'll experience it the way I want to.

It's like Buena Vista Strret at DCA -- it's Walt's California, and this shop is this and this building is that.

Mon 11/19/2012 1:21p
This also reminds me of the story for the new Beauty and the Beast area in Fantasyland.

Ready for this humdinger?

So, the area is set after the movie. Never mind that Gaston is still alive and loved by the town, but the Be Our Guest restaurant is supposed to be Beast's Castle. Beast does meet and greets, the rose is still there, but the giant music box is supposed to be a gift given to Belle and Beast from Maurice.

Well, turns out the rose is just a "phantom" to remind Beast not to go back to his old ways (I though his love for Belle was that, but whatever).

Also, for Enchanted Tales with Belle, the magic mirror in Maurice's cottage sends you BACK IN TIME to when the castle wasn't cursed. Or something.

And this isn't just CM hearsay. These are the official WDI stories.

All this comes back to WDI's crazy notion that "It's all about story". They're too focused on making stories for attractions that they end up doing mental gymnastics to make one fit.

They need to get off this "story" kick and get back to making EXPERIENCES. That's what makes the classics great. Not a linear, strict narrative.
Jim in Merced CA
Mon 11/19/2012 1:31p
^^^ blecch. Thanks for sharing all that -- good grief.

Again, if the "story" you've created is strong enough and well-executed enough, you don't need all this explanation.

(See also: per-show for 'Countdown to Extinction" and/or pte-show for 'Back to the Future: The Ride")

Imagine if today's Imagineers had been in charge of the "story" for "Pirates of the Caribbean" at Disneyland. Maybe some voice over / narration would have been added, so we derpy tourists understand what's going on, LOL!
Mon 11/19/2012 1:32p
Well, they already added a derpy story to Pirates when they added Jack there haha
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Mon 11/19/2012 2:00p
Not necessary."

Well I'm assuming that the back story (which already existed but in a slightly different version) is being used to help explain the interactive preshow set up. I believe the article says this. I'm going to assume that much of this will be used in the rumored Big Thunder TV show.

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