ABC Developing Show Based on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Roller Coaster

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom

Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion are two attractions that have already been made into movies and there are other ideas in various stages of conception for the Walt Disney Studios including a movie based on the Magic Kingdom park concept itself. We can now add a TV show to that list as ABC has ordered a script for a show based on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster attraction.

Set in a mining town in the American southwest, the backstory for the ride involves gold mining and a curse by Native Americans that brings disaster on those who try to remove it from the ground, usually in the form of an earthquake. Guests on the roller coaster just barely escape. Whether that idea makes it into the script remains to be scene.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland was also the scene of one of the park’s biggest tragedies with an accident that resulted in the death of a guest and the serious injury of others.

The adventure based drama could air as soon as next fall if the pilot gets made and if it gets picked up.

Below the jump, my onride POV video of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster:

(Via the OC Register)

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4 Responses to ABC Developing Show Based on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Roller Coaster

  1. Diana says:

    I love Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Has always been one of my favorites. I’d check out the show.

    I didn’t know that Disneyland had such a tragedy. That’s horrible.

  2. Steve says:

    How haven’t they made a splash mountain movie or tv show. Seems there is more to work with given the countless characters and better storyline.

  3. Rocko says:

    Am I the only one that thinks this is a bad idea? I think the Haunted Mansion should get a television series since it already has a back story. Lets be real, barely anyone saw the Eddie Murphy film. It will almost be like they are starting fresh. I hope I am wrong and the series turns out to be a hit, but I just feel like they are scraping the bottom of the barrel for ideas. Since they bought out Lucas, I think they should try to bring back the young Indiana Jones TV series. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

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