Sunday, March 10, 2013

BTMRR queue inside jokes and Hidden History (list)

The revised BTMRR queue is like the Haunted Mansion revised queue, the revised Meet Mickey, and pretty much any project these days: full of Hidden History. As the author of the book WDW Hidden History, I perk up whenever there is a tribute to an Imagineer or remnant of an old attraction mentioned. Here's what I've seen so far:

  • The "pay rates" sign is posted by G. Willikers (say it out loud)
  • The mining tycoon shown in a portrait is Imagineer Tony Baxter, the creator of the Big Thunder concept

  • Imagineers of the Walt era (and just after) are honored on wooden signs on the Fusing Cage
  • Western River Expedition, a one-time planned attraction for MK, is referenced on boxes along the path.
  • The diagram map of Big Thunder includes shaft #71, in honor of the park's opening in 1971
  • The diagram map officially labels the colorful cave as "Rainbow Caverns," a nod to the Disneyland ride that preceded Big Thunder at that park.
  • One cage near the canaries is labeled to Rosita--answering the Tiki Room question of wondering what happened to Rosita.
  • The sign announcing Hard Times Cafe makes oblique reference to the Disney movie Apple Dumpling Gang.
  • The Pecos Bill sign also mentions the Mile Long Bar, a long-gone quick-service bar next to Pecos Bill (and is today the exit corridor from Country Bears).
  • The Signals sign is posted by Dane Jerris (say it out loud)

Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.