Barnabas T. Bullion is a character from the Magic Kingdom's version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, introduced to the attraction's backstory as part of a 2013 refurbishment.

History

Background

The backstory given to Barnabas by Walt Disney Imagineering and the updated attraction is as follows:

"Barnabas T. Bullion is the founder and president of the Big Thunder Mining Company. The longtime mining magnate comes from a powerful East Coast family and considers gold to be his very birthright by virtue of his oddly appropriate name; in fact, he considers the ultimate gold strike to be his destiny. And that is why he is having so much trouble with Big Thunder Mountain. According to superstitious locals, Big Thunder Mountain is very protective of the gold it holds within, and the unfortunate soul who attempts to mine its riches is destined to fail. And so far that prophecy is coming to pass. The mine has been plagued by mysterious forces and natural disasters ever since. And yet the Big Thunder Mining Co. is still in operation. In fact, Bullion is discovering new veins of gold and digging new shafts every day, offering a closer look at the Big Thunder mining operation than ever before. But a word to the wise for anyone attempting to visit the mountain: watch out for runaway trains".

Appearances

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 • Arizona
Characters
Barnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerHenry RavenswoodSpirit of Big ThunderBilly the Disney GoatGeorge WillikersCumulus IsobarTyrannosaurus rex • Madame Zarkov • T.W. Bullion • The Halve Knives GangPecos BillBeacon Joe • Cousin Elrond

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 III • Lord Henry MysticBarnabas T. BullionJason Chandler • Captain Mary OceaneerJock Lindsey • Dr. Albert FallsMerriweather Adam PleasureCamellia FalcoCaptain BrieuxProf. R. BlauerhimmelCharlton J. TaboretDr. J.L. BateristaMaestro D'Elfman
Associated Characters
AlbertManfred StrangBeatrice Rose EndicottArchibald SmeldingIndiana JonesAlberta FallsShrunken NedDuncan the ParrotSalty the Parrot • Charlie Allnut • Rose Sayer
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 • DespoinaDreamfinderFigmentProfessor BrainardCumulus IsobarBarnabas T. BullionJason ChandlerThe Spirit of Big Thunder Tyrannosaurus Rex Billy the Disney Goat George WillikersCaptain GoreMadame LeotaConstance HatchawayHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsGhost HostPickwickOrganistJoséMichaelPierreFritzTangaroaMauiTangaroa-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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