Barnabas T. Bullion is a character from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.


History

Background

Barnabas T. Bullion was a member of the wealthy East-Coast Bullion mining-family during the 19th century. He became a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers during the period of its global expansion, lead by members Jason Chandler and Lord Henry Mystic. In 1870, Bullion went on a S.E.A. river-expedition along the Colorado River. Within the S.E.A., Barnabas became friends with Jason Chandler and went on an expedition with him to the golden city of El Dorado.

At some point in time prior to 1879, Barnabas became the owner and president of the Big Thunder Mining Company which dug up gold from the Big Thunder Mountain range in the state of Arizona. As president, Bullion moved the company's headquarters from the town of Rainbow Ridge to the newer town of Tumbleweed. However, the Spirit of Big Thunder was hostile to the miners exploiting its land leading to it causing many accidents and natural-disasters throughout the Big Thunder region.

Believing gold to be his birthright, Bullion did not relent his mining efforts and in 1880 contacted Jason Chandler (now president of the Society) for assistance. Chandler being an inventor sent Bullion advanced tech for the company to use alongside advice from one Madame Zarkov from the Museum of the Weird on the mountain's spirits. Chandler and Zarkov both advised Bullion to cease his mining and leave the region but Bullion refused and eventually died at some point between 1880 and 1899.

Development history

Barnabas was created and introduced to the attraction's backstory as part of a 2013 refurbishment. He was modelled after imagineer Tony Baxter who created much of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Disneyland Paris' Frontierland. Behind-the-scenes it was allegedly planned for Disneyland Paris' Big Thunder to not be cannon to the story of Disneyland Paris' Big Thunder with him being a counterpart to Big Thunder Mining Company founder Henry Ravenswood. However since this there have been countless overt story connections between Disneyland Paris' Big Thunder and the American versions of the attraction, many being found in the same 2013 refurbishment. As a result, Bullion's status as supposed founder of the Big Thunder Mining Company is highly dubious.

Disney Parks

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Walt Disney World

Barnabas is only seen in the queue in portrait form though his presence is present throughout. At the Magic Kingdom, letters in the queue also identify him as a member of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers. He bought a drilling machine from fellow member Jason Chandler for his current mining operation, but in light of the recent supernatural happenings, Chandler has been advising him to stop and move onto a more stable site.

Disneyland

At Disneyland, his portrait can be seen in the window of the Panhandle Hotel in the town of Rainbow Ridge. During the creation of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, a parcel addressed to him was found in Frontierland.

The Tropical Hideaway

Barnabas's name appears on one of the expedition paddles displayed at The Tropical Hideaway, taken from an 1870 expedition down the Colorado River

Other Appearances

Disney Kingdoms: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Barnabas T. Bullion is a major character in the Big Thunder Mountain comic, with his daughter Abigail Bullion moving to Rainbow Ridge and getting involved in finding out just what's wrong with her father's mining operation.

Barnabas is stubborn in trying to get the mining operation to work to better support the town, but his foreman Wilikers has little regard for the safety of the miners and has generally kept him in the dark just how bad conditions have gotten in the mines.

Trivia

  • The sympathetic interpretation of Barnabas in Disney Kingdoms was the result of talks the authors had with Tony Baxter, who wanted the character inspired by him to be a more redeemable figure.
  • In the Society of Explorers and Adventurers portrait at Mystic Manor, some fans speculated that one of the men featured in the portrait was Barnabas. According to WDI Story Editor Kevin Lively, it isn't him because he died "long before 1899".[1]

References

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 • Old Prospector

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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Linked Attractions
Fortress ExplorationsTower of TerrorMystic ManorBig Thunder Mountain Railroad (Magic Kingdom) • Oceaneer Lab (aboard the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder) • Miss Adventure Falls (Typhoon Lagoon) • Soaring: Fantastic FlightJungle Cruise
Restaurants
Magellan'sJock Lindsey's Hangar BarSkipper CanteenExplorer's Club RestaurantThe Tropical HideawayColonel Hathi's Pizza OutpostCafe Hyperion
Members
Harrison Hightower IIILord Henry MysticBarnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerCaptain Mary OceaneerJock LindseyDr. Albert FallsMerriweather Adam PleasureCamellia FalcoProf. R. BlauerhimmelCharlton J. TaboretDr. J.L. BateristaMaestro D'ElfmanDr. Kon Chunosuke
Associated Characters
Alberta FallsAlbertArchibald SmeldingBeatrice Rose EndicottCaptain Brieux • Charlie Allnut • Colonel Critchlow Sunchbench • Cornelius Endicott II • Duncan the ParrotEmil Bleehall, Jr. • Felix Pechman XIII • Fletcher HodgesHathaway BrowneIndiana JonesMadame ZarkovManfred StrangOtis T. WrenPacoPamelia Perkins • Rose Sayer • RositaSallah Mohammed Faisel el-KahirSalty the ParrotSamantha SterlingTheodore RooseveltTrader Sam
Artifacts
Shiriki UtunduBalinese Music BoxMonkey King Statue
Other Associated Attractions
Raging SpiritsAdventurers ClubWalt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
See Also
Disney KingdomsLeague of AdventurersAdventure Isle Discovery Bay


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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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