With Splash Mountain now closed permanently for a transformation into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a new rumor suggests that Imagineers aren’t done reimagining that corner of Magic Kingdom just yet. While we await more details on the “Beyond Big Thunder Mountain” idea presented by Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro, there might be a different Frontierland location that will receive more immediate attention from Imagineers.
While visiting Magic Kingdom recently, we noticed some high-profile Disney World Imagineers walking through Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe, discussing various aspects of the quick-service location. The Imagineers spent at least 30 minutes touring the location, walking through each room, and taking notes.
The Pecos Bill intellectual property is one that we have previously flagged for being problematic, and it is one of a handful of shorts or movies on Disney+ that have a content warning. In the “Melody Time” short, Pecos Bill is responsible for the creation of many landmarks within the United States. In a particularly striking scene, the colorful mountains of the desert are explained by Pecos Bill shooting at Native Americans wearing war paint. As Pecos Bill shoots at the Native Americans for fun, they run away and “paint” the mountains of the desert.
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe sits at the end of the Frontierland line of buildings, and it is the closest building to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. The location was previously quite popular due to a toppings bar that has been closed since COVID-19 shut down the Disney World theme parks. The location is a spacious corner building, and it even connects to Froniterland via some overflow seating.
So, what could Pecos Bill be rethemed into? Well, Tiana’s Bayou Adventure does have a heavy focus on the Tiana’s Foods concept, having installed more signs recently to elude to the backstory of the attraction. While nothing is confirmed, it’s likely that Disney will want to incorporate a culinary aspect to the new Princess and the Frog-themed attraction next door. At Disneyland, it has been confirmed that Tiana’s Palace is coming to New Orleans Square. Could we see a Tiana’s Foods location take over Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe? Only time will tell.
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