Did You Know?
Big Thunder Mountain Edition
We all know — or should know— the classic Disneyland ride, Big Thunder Mountain. I mean come on, next to Space Mountain, this action-packed ride through the wild west pushed us to the limit and tested our guts. I still remember exiting the ride with shaking legs and a sweat-covered forehead. It was traumatic for a little kid, especially a little kid who was only able to beat the minimum height requirement by standing on their tip-toes discretely.
The ride, to this day, remains a classic popular ride that brings us back memories of screaming bloody murder at the top of our lungs. But, did you know that the ride holds a deep, long-forgotten secret?
Big Thunder Mountain nearly became an ABC television show. It revolved around the premise of when, ”a brilliant, late 19th century New York doctor and his family are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to relocate to a frontier mining town run by a powerful, but mysterious tycoon, they quickly realize that not everything in Big Thunder is as it seems.” The family was composed of the doctor dad, a loving mom, a sulky teen daughter, and an asthmatic young son, and the central mystery of the show revolved around a mountain spirit that possessed a mine train on Thunder Mountain.”
The premise looks captivating, mysterious, like the ride was to us as kids. But why did this new and exciting train ride never take off?
The show was picked up for a pilot episode, but the pilot ended up never being filmed and the cast was never completed.
Not much is known on why the show was never picked up for ABC’s fall schedule. Some speculate that it had to do with the fact that the popular show Once Upon a Time would be a strong competitor with the Disney-tied show.
However, given the popularity of the Pirate’s of the Caribbean movie franchise, it seems odd that Disney would choose to not turn yet another popular ride into a money-making franchise.
Will It Return?
No plans appear to be even on the table as the plans are just some of the many concepts shelved by Disney. But, I guess in the world of Disney, anything can happen, and the Big Thunder Railroad may one day take off.