Fun Find Friday
July 26, 2013
Location: Backlot Tour/Frontierland
A few weeks ago The Lone Ranger
galloped into theaters. Unfortunately, the film
didn't gross as much as Disney was expecting,
but I found the film to be extremely
entertaining! It has been a long standing
tradition for Disney to include a large prop
from their current blockbuster films at the
start of the tram portion of the Studios Backlot
Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios!
About a month prior to The Lone Ranger being
released I realized that it had recently received a gift which I
assumed right away belonged in the film. As you can see from the
picture below, the Courthouse sign which sat near the train station
in a few scenes during the film, now calls The Backlot Tour home!
While the Courthouse sign is neat, in my mind, this
isn't the true Lone Ranger gem found on Walt Disney World property.
To find it, we need a quick history lesson about Pecos Bill Tall
Tale Inn and Cafe!
As discussed in my previous Fun Find Friday
article talking about the similarities to this Frontierland
restaurant and a Planet Hollywood, while guests explore Pecos
Bill, they can find a variety of items given to Bill by fellow
folklore legends. While several of the characters have a connection
to Disney in some way, shape, or form (Paul Bunyan, Johnny
Appleseed, etc.), one item has sat in a display case upon one of the
walls for years with the sign next to it remaining unmarked never
giving guests a chance to know who these items belong to.
For years I have suspected that they belong to The
Lone Ranger. While Zorro would be a more obvious choice due to its
long history with the Disney company, one item within the case shot
this theory out of the water. That item? A silver bullet! While a
staple of the Lone Ranger franchise, not until earlier this month
did the masked man have a connection to the Disney name. Now,
however, it is a fair bet that this item, while still unmarked,
truly belongs to The Lone Ranger!
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