Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (BTMRR) is an iconic attraction at the Disney Parks. They have a little bit different theme to them, but they are all run away mine trains! And Marvel Comics has taken that run away train and turned it into the Wildest Comic in the Wilderness and put it in their Disney Kingdoms collection!
This is my first post talking about Disney Kingdoms, but in fact BTMRR is the 3rd story to come out of this collection. The 1st to come out was Seekers of the Weird, based on Disney Legend Rolly Crump’s Museum of the Weird. (If you don’t know what Museum of the Weird is… in a nutshell, Rolly Crump made up some really weird stuff when Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion was being imagined. Walt liked what he had, but didn’t know how it would fit. So Walt decided to have a “Museum of the Weird” that guess would walk thru after riding the Haunted Mansion. After Walt passed away, the museum idea got scrapped… Until this comic.)
The 2nd comic to come out in the Disney Kingdoms was Figment, based on that little purple dragon in Journey Into Imagination in Epcot. This series did so well that Marvel is come out with Figment 2, due out September 2015.
I’ll do a post on those first two series later, this one is about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!
Story of the attractions are this: Big Thunder was sacred ground for local Indian tribes and the spirit of Big Thunder was not happy with the gold being removed from the mountain. The town(s) (different at different parks) and mining company suffered accidents from earthquakes (in Disneyland and Disneyland Paris) and flooding (in Magic Kingdom). The trains themselves began operating on their own, possessed by mischievous spirits. The town(s) became abandoned, but visitors still come to ride the haunted trains. (I feel like I should be eating a s’more telling that story… or at least a churro! Haha!)
Anyway, writer Dennis Hopless, artist Tigh Walker, along with the cover artists Pasqual Ferry (issues #1, #2, and #3) and Marcio Takara (issues #4, and #5) did an AMAZING job putting names and faces into the story of BTMRR. Now I don’t want to do a big old review on this series, but I do want to show some of the artwork and lil’ gems that were put into the story.
First off, the 5 covers!
Now, have you ever watch a Disney movie and seen the little Easter Egg’s (Hidden Mickey’s) the animators slip in? I love to watch Disney movie and look for those… And Marvel does it in these comics. Some are part of the stories. Some are just in the background. But I think they are a perfect way to really connect the comic to the attraction.
Like good ol’ Banabas T. Bullion. (If you haven’t been on BTMRR in the Magic Kingdom at WDW in a while, take a look at this guy… he looks a little familiar…)
And there’s this smiling guy! No “bones” about it, you’ve seen him.
The busy town of Rainbow Ridge!
DUCK! …I mean GOAT!!!
Like I said, I don’t want to give anything away. But here is a small look inside the mine… Ohh… colors!
And it’s not Disney without…
BTMRR is a must get for any Disney Park fan. As are the other two series, Seekers of the Weird and Figment. They are great backstories to the attractions we all love! But here’s what is cool! The editors have expressed a goal of creating a cohesive “Disney Earth” composed of these attraction stories with connections becoming more apparent as the imprint goes on. (I got this statement from Disney Wiki. I did read it a while back in Marvel’s website, but can not find it at this time.)
There are 2 options to get these series: 1) Get the issue, one at a time, as they become available. And 2) You can get the Hardcover after all 5 issues have been released. In the Hardcover you get ALL 5 issues!
The Hardcovers for Seekers of the Weird and Figment are out now! And Hardcover for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad goes on sale in October, 2015.
Anyway, Disney Kingdoms: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad… go get it if you want to know why that mountain is so upset! And while you’re at it, pick up Seekers and Figment! (I’ll have a post on those later.)
Thanks for reading! °o°