Muse #9: Frontierland Review


Thank you for joining me in discussing Splash Mountain, Tom Sawyer Island, and Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe! Before we move on to Liberty Square, I’d like to pause and have a little break from philosophizing. After all, there’s so much I love in Frontierland that I couldn’t quite stretch into a full blog post. Keep reading for some fun facts, quotes, and videos about Frontierland!

Fun Facts and History:

  • Imagineers originally wanted Big Thunder Mountain to be part of an entire land inside of Frontierland called Thunder Mesa! Big Thunder Mountain would have been accompanied by a boat ride entitled Western River Expedition. However, they instead decided to make a near-duplicate of Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean, since so many guests wanted it in Florida. Still, you can find references to Western River Expedition near Big Thunder Mountain!
  • I had no idea there was a connection between Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Journey into Imagination—until now! The portrait of Barnabas T. Bullion in the Big Thunder queue is actually a portrait of Tony Baxter, who also designed Figment the Dragon!
  • Remember how in The Enchanted Tiki Room, José wonders where Rosita is? Apparently she’s one of the canaries in Big Thunder who checks for poisonous gases in the mines.
  • I was born into a Florida Gator family, but Splash Mountain does have a critter briefly mention Nole country…maybe the real reason for Splash Mountain’s demolition is the Swamp? (Just kidding.)

Favorite Attraction Quotes:

“Do not wurry…Injun Joe aint been seen in thess parts for along time. His cave is deeserted! P.S. If n you want to maybe you could wurry just a little bit.”

Tom, Tom Sawyer Island

“Hey, Br’er Rabbit, better mend your ways.
You’re headed for trouble one of these days!
Warnin’ this rabbit, I’m afraid, is a waste,
He’s makin’ his way to the Laughing Place.”

Br’er Porcupine, Splash Mountain

“Howdy partners! For your safety, remain seated with your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside the train—and be sure to watch your kids. If any of you folks are wearin’ hats or glasses, best remove ’em—’cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!”

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

“Eat like a coyote at Pecos Bill’s[,] where every order is a tall order!”

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Frontierland Music:

I hope you enjoyed this little excursion into Frontierland! The next stop is Liberty Square, and with it comes “an aura of foreboding,” if you know what I mean;) Thank you for joining me!

~Joy and sunshine,
Sarah Merly


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