Billy the Disney Goat is a character found at all four incarnations of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. He was named and given a personality for a 2013 marketing campaign for Walt Disney World where he desired an opportunity to leave the attraction and explore the resort for himself.

Appearances

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Billy is one of the many animatronic animals populating Big Thunder Mountain, perched on one of the hoodoos and chewing a stick of dynamite, bleating at passing trains near the top of the second lift hill.

At the Magic Kingdom, Billy is located on one of the rooftops of the town of Tumbleweed. In Disneyland Paris, he is joined by another goat chewing on a clothesline. Billy is central to a Disneyland guest pasttime known as the "Goat Trick", where turning your head to stare back at the goat as you drop results in feeling a greater sense of disorientation.

Jessie's Critter Carousel

A cartoonish depiction of the goat appears in the art for this attraction in Pixar Pier. It is made to resemble one of the animals from Woody's Roundup and has a fleecy hide like a ram and is chewing dynamite atop a butte.

Other Appearances

Television

Mickey Mouse

The Disney Goat makes a cameo in the "Nature's Wonderland" episode of Mickey Mouse, which homages Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland.

Online Media

Free the Disney Goat

Billy enjoying a taste of freedom at Epcot at the end of the Free the Disney Goat campaign.

In the Spring of 2013, Disney launched the "Free the Disney Goat" marketing campaign for Walt Disney World. In a video, a puppet version of the Goat implored viewers to petition Disney to allow him some time off to explore the resort with the hashtag #FreeTheDisneyGoat and a website featuring the Goat's drawings imagining himself riding other attractions.

WDW Best Day Ever

After the campaign ended, the Goat puppet would later appear in a 2015-2016 YouTube series on Disney's "WDW Best Day Ever" channel titled "Walt Disney World Goat Friends", where he would comically interview other animatronic figures across the resort, usually obscure characters.

Printed Materials

Disney Kingdoms

The iconic image of Billy chewing on dynamite has been referenced in the Disney Kingdoms: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad comic.

Gallery

Trivia

  • Posters put around Big Thunder during refurbishments show illustrations of Billy with a warning that the goats are an invasive species in the mountain's ecosystem.

External links

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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

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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