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It looks like the wildest ride in the wilderness is about to become the wildest ride on your television. ABC is currently developing a new series, titled ‘Big Thunder Mountain’, based around the popular Disney attraction, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Details about the project are being kept tight-lipped at this time, but the show is set to be supervised and produced by Chris Morgan (‘Fast and Furious’, ‘Fast Five’) and written by Jason Fuchs (‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’). This isn’t the first time a Disney attraction has had the Hollywood treatment, including the incredible success of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film franchise starring Johnny Depp, as well as films based on ‘The Haunted Mansion’ with Eddie Murphy, ‘The Country Bears’, and ‘Mission to Mars’. Disney is also developing films based around ‘The Jungle Cruise’, ‘Matterhorn’, and ‘Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride’ at this time, as well as Jon Favreau’s ‘Magic Kingdom’.
There’s no date currently set for when, or if, the show will premiere, but if ABC likes the pilot and moves forward, there’s a good chance we could see it as early as next year. What’s very interesting about this is this development is happening hot on the heels of the announcement of a massive Big Thunder Mountain refurbishment at the Disneyland Resort, so could changes in the ride clue us in to the potential stories in the show? Time will tell. I’m excited about the idea of having a new western TV show on a weekly basis, so I’ll be keeping a close on this production. Are you excited to see ‘Big Thunder Mountain’, or would you rather the Disney attractions were left as attractions? Let me know in the comments below, only here on Chip and Company!
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With the rumors and testing of Disney’sXPass coupled with the recent ticket price increase, one might wonder if you’re expected to pre-plan every moment of your Walt Disney World vacation.
I’m a planner. I love to plan. I will plan our vacation months in advance. It is part of the fun for me. I enjoy scrolling through the myriad of links I have bookmarked, reading and re-reading tips and tricks about planning your vacation at Walt Disney World. I make lists and spreadsheets of what we want to try new, where we want to eat and any attractions or shows that are a must-see for each of our family members. I prepare a tentative touring plan for each day, with room for adjustments as needed.
Even though I love to plan, I never want to lose sight of what the basis of Disney is really about. The magic. In a recent visit to the Magic Kingdom, we arrived around 9:15 a.m. We began our visit by starting in Adventureland, and the heading to Frontierland. We happened upon the Frontierland Hoedown where we participated in an impromptu bout of the Hokey Pokey. The kids had a blast with Brer Rabbit and the Country Bears.
Although I’m positive you can search and find the approximate times of the Hoedown each day, as well as when to search for PUSH or DiVine, the sense of magic and wonderment you and your children will experience by embracing the spontaneity will add some pixie dust to your day. I could have scheduled the Hoedown into our day, in fact, I have tried several times unsuccessfully. By allowing Disney to do what Disney does best, we were pleasantly surprised and thoroughly entertained.
Disney Parks continue to see an increase in visitors, both internationally and domestically, each year. While this may enhance the need for pre-planning some of your day, don’t forget to stop and take in your surroundings. You never know when a character might pop out of a hidden alcove, or a rowdy dating game (with bad jokes!) ensues, or be invited to participate in an impromptu game of Hokey Pokey.
Have you experienced any un-planned shows or characters appearing suddenly? Does it add just a bit of magic to your day or do you find it to be a hindrance? Do you prefer to plan to see these types of shows/interactions or would you rather leave them to happenstance?
Lisa writes here at Chip & Co. as well as her blog Adventures in Mousedom. As a local to Disney World, she offers a different insight into visiting the parks. If you’re super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Okay, even if you’re not super cool like Chip, you should check it out. Trust me. What’s the worst that could happen?
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