Theme Park Insider Contest: Write an attraction backstory
Written by Robert Niles
Last week, Disney announced a new backstory for its Big Thunder Mountain Railroad rides. According to the "new" legend (is such a thing even possible? I guess so…), the mountain's gold mine is the property of Barnabas T. Bullion:Tweet
"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."
Devoted theme park fans might notice that ol' Barnabas looks a lot like Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter. The new backstory will provide material for the interactive queue that Disney's installing at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Perhaps the portrait's also a good-bye tribute to Baxter, who's said to be nearing retirement.
All this gets me thinking - I wonder what other theme park attractions (Disney or not) could use a fresh backstory? And I wonder what some clever Theme Park Insider readers could devise?
Hey, it's time for a contest!
Submit in the comments your best narrative for an original backstory to any existing theme park attraction. Be funny, scary, informative, or just really snarky. For whichever one I like best, I'll let its author select a prize from the TPI Prize Vault.
We've got Theme Park Insider T-shirts (in sizes S-XL for women and S-L for men), signed copied of Stories from a Theme Park Insider, and a couple of limited-edition theme park souvenirs: Two copies of the full-color photo book of the new Disney California Adventure that Disneyland sent its annual passholders earlier this year, and one copy of the souvenir "New Fantasyland" edition of the Eyes & Ears cast member magazine from the Walt Disney World Resort. If you write the best backstory, you get to pick which prize you want. Heck, if more than one story really impresses me, I'll pick more than one winner. The contest is open to Theme Park Insider readers in the United States, Canada and the European Union. (I don't know enough about contest laws to open it up to readers in other countries.) If you're not a registered TPI reader, you'll need to include your name and email address in the comment, so I know how to contact you if you win.
Have at it!
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