If you look at the top of the lantern, (where the top star in a circle was welded on after the lantern was painted, apparently), that looks like the Lone Ranger's badge, identical I would say.
I don't think Disney would be sloppy putting something like that out before any sort of announcement was made. I guess it could be a calculated move to get people like us talking about it, but it seems a little too ambiguous for that.
Also you'd think they would have planned for the refurb to be finished in time to coincide with the movie opening and not 2 or 3 months afterwards. Granted movie openings are notorious for changing, but big movies are usually pegged for either Summer, November or Christmas, not the end of October.
1. Since the refurb walls are temporary, this might just have been a chance to experiment with a new light design, and maybe somebody was inspired by the Lone Ranger film.
2. Somebody decided to put it in as a little nod to the film which will open as BTMRR gets the refurb.
3. They have a ton of these lights and most of them will be used to set-up a temporary Lone Ranger preview event at Big Thunder Ranch.
4. They plan on building a Lone Ranger ride, and they had these light designs recently completed, so why not use them for the refurb walls as they look nice.
Since the top Lone Ranger star is *not* painted blue, but is the exact same metalish color as the Lone Ranger's badget (from the movie poster), I'm gonna say that this was intentional.
Lone Ranger was shot in Utah, if I remember correctly, and some of the scenery looks like it is straight out of Big Thunder, do we know for 100% that the new Big Thunder t.v. series is not based on something happening in the Lone Ranger universe?
They're going to take out the dynamite eating goat, and replace him with a Johnny Depp/Tonto animatronic.
If they do put in a Johnny Depp AA to replace the goat, he needs to have dynamites in his mouth. If not I won't accept it.
Please. No more Johnny Depp.
The way I see it is a Lone Ranger attraction all depends on the box office of the actual film. If the film is a hit than you can expect to start hearing buzz flying about a Lone Ranger addition to Frontierland. However, if the film turns out to be another John Carter (I sure hope not) than the Ranger and Tonto will be staying far far away from Disney Parks.
Looks kinda squatchy to me.....