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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    It has a great smoking area.

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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    What about a Huckleberry Finn based ride? You go down the Mississippi River with none other than ol' Huck and Jim. It'd be a boat/raft car, of course some rapids because that's always fun. And you watch from the river scenes from the book/movie. And the exit should come out at the Mark Twain, just like the end when they're at the Riverboat... I'd like to see it, it's a good classic that I think everyone loves/can come to love.


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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    Quote Originally Posted by xRybo View Post
    What about a Huckleberry Finn based ride? You go down the Mississippi River with none other than ol' Huck and Jim. It'd be a boat/raft car, of course some rapids because that's always fun. And you watch from the river scenes from the book/movie. And the exit should come out at the Mark Twain, just like the end when they're at the Riverboat... I'd like to see it, it's a good classic that I think everyone loves/can come to love.
    I HEART THIS IDEA! So you took away the island, huh? We'll show you! I'd love a Tom & Huck raft ride. I can see the white picket fence along the queue now...

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    What if Disney produces a Lone Ranger movie, that could give lots of possibilities.
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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    i have taken quite a few naps in that area

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    i cant complain about it, but in an emergency, sure it can be used for something else

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonLuvsDL View Post
    i have taken quite a few naps in that area

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    i cant complain about it, but in an emergency, sure it can be used for something else
    "Emergency"; like a fire? Earthquake? Global warming? What on earth are you referring to ? Maybe we should just use the area to start the 'Nemo' stand-by queue line?

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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    fo'c's'le you forgot nuclear threat or impending meteor impact.

    And I agree with others, there is no need for a movie before a ride. Disney can make a genre popular again with a properly themed and thought out attraction. If it has all the depth of real life, it will work. All it has to do is transport you INTO the setting and make you forget that you are somewhere else. NOS can do that as can Frontierland. Anything new they add will have to be built top notch to continue to accomplish that. That doesn't mean exorbitant amounts of money need be spent though. Just painstaking attention to detail. Like putting real leather straps on the Conestoga wagon.

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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    Think of the setting, if you will...

    Tom and Huck sought out their adventures off the Mississippi, the muddy brown waters of the Old Man being their propulsion, its speckled grassy knolls, the islands of adventure to play out their imagination.

    As the river carves through the continent further, it leads us to the Crescent City of New Orleans replete with it's Southern charm, folklore, and styling. The architecture, music, and history being the town's biggest draw.

    The frontier was exactly what the name implies; the untamed land. The rock and dinosaur remains evidence the location of Big Thunder's claim of Southern Utah, though gold was nowhere to be found. Rather, silver and iron ore abounded in those areas, thus explaining the signature red rock (visit St.George, UT for confirmation).

    Critter Country has no telltale topography that alludes to its potential location, though the film the Brier Patch gang hail from is aptly telling, "Song of the South." If Frontierland is truly the frontier, the land needs to keep away from DCA's territory and stay purely east and north of the golden state.

    About a simulated ride down the face of the Grand Canyon via a helicopter or hang glider ala' Soarin'? How about an interactive area similar to It's a Bug's Life County Fair themed after the Yellowstone Geysers? I mentioned a Lewis & Clark themed ride or that of the Conestoga Wagon trail through the Rockies?


    The ideas abound and all without eating up the Big Thunder trail. The room is there to be used. A live stunt show in a Spanish Mission setting would help to bring back some of the original flavor of Frontierland's bustling activity. The real frontier was alive with hope, exploration, construction, and civilization (or the lack thereof). It should be revisited and celebrated, not overlaid with Woody's Round Up or Pecos Bill.

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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    I personally think the mission theming should be left to DCA along with the gold rush. Spanish missions were in California and by placing them in DCA, it leaves frontierland for other attractions.

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    Unless you use the Spanish Mission in a similar fashion to Fort Wilderness, build it right across from Thunder and back a bit so it doesn't interfere with Twain Dock. Make it overlook the "Pirate Island" which would fit 2 themes. Spanish in the Frontier (the great Southwest, besides you already have the Rancho so it isn't a stretch as far as theming) as well as Spanish vs Pirates. You could have a 2 story. level 1 would be giftshop, drink and food stand, stairs would then take you to level 2 which would be the "firing range" and photo opportunity with a view of the island. This would also serve as an "opening" or "Pre-Show" to whatever you placed in BTR and Festival Arena
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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16 View Post
    It is possible to do all three. With a little careful planning and some imagination you can preserve the quiet feeling of the area while opening it up and making it more expansive. You can add shops and a sleepy town (the town of Big Thunder isn't currently very big. 38 is the population if I remember correctly). You can use the shop fronts and buildings themselves as the facade for a ride that is very nearly completely hidden from view by the theming. It is very possible to accomplish all three goals.
    I feel the same thing. With planning you can use this land to have ride, shops and a quiet place. I thinking of layering the site. You can have shops on top or a little park off the river and then below have an attraction.

    Personally I would love to see something like the old Buffalo Bill show that went around. Maybe a an animatronic show about the old BB show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JiminyCricketFan View Post
    Personally I would love to see something like the old Buffalo Bill show that went around. Maybe a an animatronic show about the old BB show.
    BB would be nice but I would be curious about the Native American reaction. I can also see the justification for bringing back the Indian Village. I know Knott's had one (haven't been there in ages) and it was more or less a walk through until the shows started. It would be a great transition from Fantasyland.
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    Re: What to do with Thunder Trail

    Instead of an authentic Native American village, how about an authentic Native American casino?

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    Not sure why you would post something like that on here. In all seriousness you could have something related to Brother Bear and Pocahontas in either that area or over in Critter without breaking theme.
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