Today is Merida’s coronation at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort. Welcome Merida as the latest official Disney Princess!
In this photo, taken in January 1974, the boys check out the passing Liberty Square Riverboat and Mike Fink Keel Boat on Rivers of America in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom Park.
Columbia Harbor House appreciation post.
Walt Disney Imagineers are currently working on expanding the story behind Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in The Magic Kingdom. They recently revealed the portrait above (look familiar?) revealing the identity of that man behind the railroad - Barnabas T. Bullion. He’s the gold magnate who rules the Big Thunder Mining Company with a golden fist. Imagineers have already begun working overnight in the park on the attraction’s new interactive queue, where you’ll be able to see this portrait, as well as an additional landscape portrait of the mountain itself.
According to the enhanced backstory:
Barnabas T. Bullion is the founder and president of the Big Thunder Mining Company. The longtime mining magnate comes from a powerful East Coast family and considers gold to be his very birthright by virtue of his oddly appropriate name; in fact, he considers the ultimate gold strike to be his destiny. And that is why he is having so much trouble with Big Thunder Mountain. According to superstitious locals, Big Thunder Mountain is very protective of the gold it holds within, and the unfortunate soul who attempts to mine its riches is destined to fail. And so far that prophecy is coming to pass. The mine has been plagued by mysterious forces and natural disasters ever since. And yet the Big Thunder Mining Co. is still in operation. In fact, Bullion is discovering new veins of gold and digging new shafts every day, offering a closer look at the Big Thunder mining operation than ever before. But a word to the wise for anyone attempting to visit the mountain: watch out for runaway trains.