The Bandito or Bandido Gang are a group of characters from Disney Parks.

History

Background

The bandidos were a gang of outlaws in the Wild West who were distinguished by their red bandannas which they are also shown to have given to their horses. They operated mainly be performing stagecoach and train robberies at gunpoint.

Development History

The Bandido gang was created by Marc Davis for the proposed Walt Disney World attraction, the Western River Expedition. In this attraction, they would have been based along the Mississippi River near St. Louis and guests would have passed by them taking part in a stage-coach robbery with their leader playing a song on a guitar before warning guests that they'd rob them too down-river. The bandidos would be true to their word, being found by the climax where they would be armed and waiting to open fire at the guests only for a forest-fire to assist in the guests' escape down a waterfall and into the caverns where the ride started.

After the attraction's cancellation, the bandidos would become part of its lasting legacy in the Disney Parks.

Appearances

World of Motion

Two of the red-masked Bandidos appeared in this Epcot attraction in the scene dedicated to the invention of the railroad. These outlaws are holding up a train at gunpoint to rob its passengers as the narrator talks about how safe railways were. The vignette was inspired by Marc Davis concepts for the bandidos recycled from the WRE.

Other Appearances

Disney Kingdoms

In this comic, the bandidos are major supporting characters with the protagonist Abigail Bullion even becoming one of them. Rather than there traditional villainous appearances, here they are shown as anti-heroes who fight and rob the Big Thunder Mining Company due to the damage it causes to Big Thunder Mountain and its people such as the citizens of Rainbow Ridge. One member named Onawa even being an indigenous woman whose people were killed and forced off their land by the company.

Abigail Bullion would be kidnapped by them after she attempted to stop them from robbing the company due to it belonging to her father, Barnabas. She comes to join them initially to double-cross them but comes to learn of the Big Thunder Mining Company's true horrors, namely those being enacted by foreman George Willikers. After a confrontation within the mountain with Willikers, Abigail would reconcile with her father who would shut down the company with the people of Rainbow Ridge deciding to leave the land. Abigail would also garner a romance with fellow bandido Jason Chandler who wished to build a new colony for the townsfolk revolving around innovation.

Trivia

  • The bandidos inspired an undead outlaw seen in the Phantom Canyon segment of Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris. While lacking a red bandanna, this outlaw is seen engaged in a stagecoach robbery while in a gunfight with an undead sheriff.
  • The bandits were likely inspired in-part by historic outlaw and stagecoach robber Charles E. Boles AKA Black Barty (1829-1888). Black Barty used to be a walk-around character in Disneyland's Frontierland where he would engage in battle with characters like Sheriff Lucky or Pecos Bill at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon.
  • The Bandito Gang is similar to Captain Gore and the the Mistress of Evil in that they are all antagonists in Disney Kingdoms comics who originate from unused scripts/attractions.

Gallery

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Disney Parks
Big Thunder Mountain RailroadPhantom ManorMine Train Through Nature's WonderlandBig Thunder RanchLegends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine CarsPecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & CafeThe Western River ExpeditionGolden Horseshoe Saloon
Locations
Big Thunder Mountain • Ravenswood Manor • Rainbow RidgeTumbleweedThunder MesaGrizzly Gulch • Big Grizzly Mountain • Stillwater Junction • ArizonaCalifornia
Characters
Barnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerHenry RavenswoodSpirit of Big ThunderBilly the Disney GoatGeorge WillikersCumulus IsobarTyrannosaurus rexMadame Zarkov • T.W. Bullion • The Halve Knives GangPecos BillBeacon Joe • Cousin Elrond • Rosita

Characters from Spinoffs: Abigail Bullion • Onawa • Dolfo • Marybeth Bullion

Miscellaneous
Big Thunder Mining CompanyThe Ballad of Big Thunder MountainSociety of Explorers and Adventurers • Shoshone Tribe • Bandito Gang


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Series
Seekers of the WeirdFigmentBig Thunder Mountain RailroadFigment 2The Haunted MansionEnchanted Tiki Room
Disney Characters
Candleman • DespoinaReaper KingDreamfinderFigmentProfessor BrainardCumulus IsobarBarnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerThe Spirit of Big Thunder Tyrannosaurus Rex Billy the Disney Goat George WillikersCaptain GoreMadame LeotaConstance HatchawayHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsGhost HostPickwickOrganistDuelistsJoséMichaelPierreFritzTangaroaMauiTangaroa-RuPeleRongoNgendeiHina KuluuaOrange BirdBandito Gang
Original Characters
Maxwell KeepMelody KeepArthur KeepEllen KeepRoland KeepReaper KingChimeraFyeChairman IllocrantSingularAbigail BullionCapricious HarmonySparkDoubtfinderDanny CroweSaoirse Bullion-O'Callaghan
Concepts
Museum of the WeirdJourney Into ImaginationBig Thunder Mountain RailroadThe Haunted MansionMatterhorn BobsledsThe Enchanted Tiki RoomThe Western River ExpeditionSpaceship Earth Journey Into Your Imagination With Figment
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