Madame Vidalia Onionski Zarkov or more simply Madame Zarkov is a character from the Adventurers Club of Pleasure Island who has additional connections to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

History

Background

During the latter-end of the 19th century, Vidalia Onionski Zarkov was a Romani woman who worked as a proprietress at the Museum of the Weird, an establishment which held a collection of arcane and supernatural relics. She was an apparent advisor on the mystic in some regard for the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, namely to club-president Jason Chandler. Around 1880, Jason contacted Zarkov to assist fellow S.E.A.-member Barnabas T. Bullion who was encountering paranormal disasters in his mining-operation at Big Thunder Mountain. Due to the mountain being inhabited by a vengeful spirit, Zarkov advised Chandler to urge Bullion to abandon his mining.

In the early 20th century, Madame Zarkov would become a member of the Adventurers Club, a splinter-faction of the S.E.A. which was created by business-tycoon Merriweather Adam Pleasure. In 1937, Zarkov would attend a New Year's Eve party on Pleasure Island at the Adventurers Club headquarters on Pleasure Island in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Development History

Madame Zarkov was a live-performed character created for the Adventurers Club of Walt Disney World. She would later be incorporated into Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom with additional allusions to the Museum of the Weird and S.E.A.. The Museum of the Weird is an unbuilt attraction planned to be an extension of the Haunted Mansion in Disneyland's New Orleans Square which was developed by imagineer Rolly Crump. Zarkov's connection to the Mansion might be inspired by, "Madame Z", a character created by Marc Davis for the Haunted Mansion who later evolved into Madame Leota.

Appearances

The Adventurers Club

Zarkov was an irregular character at the club who typically served as a replacement for regular-character Samantha Sterling. During the club's later performances they would both often appear in the attraction more regularly.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

In the queue for this attraction, Madame Zarkov is mentioned by Jason Chandler in a letter sent to Barnabas T. Bullion referring to the supernatural occurrences of Big Thunder Mountain.

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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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Media
Films: The Haunted Mansion

Books: Tales from the Haunted MansionThe Haunted MansionDisney Kingdoms: The Haunted MansionKingdom KeepersThe Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic
Video games: Adventures in the Magic KingdomThe Haunted MansionWalt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland AdventuresDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzThe Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride

Disney Parks
The Haunted MansionPhantom ManorMystic ManorHaunted Mansion HolidayMemento MoriMuseum of the Weird
Characters
Ghost HostMadame LeotaCaretakerMaster GraceyHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsThe Singing BustsGeorge HightowerConstance HatchawayRavenCaptain GoreLittle LeotaOrganistThe Coffin OccupantTightrope WalkerThe BridePickwickThe MarinerPrudence PockBluebeardDeathThe ExecutionerDuelistsGramsAlexander NitrokoffMiss April DecemberOne-Eyed Black Cat

Phantom Manor: Melanie RavenswoodHenry RavenswoodMartha Ravenswood
Mystic Manor: Henry MysticAlbertCaptain Mary OceaneerMaestro D'ElfmanThe Monkey King Statue
Haunted Mansion Holiday: Jack SkellingtonOogie BoogieLock, Shock and BarrelSallyZeroThe Vampire Teddy-BearZero • The Giant Snake • The Man-Eating Wreath • The One hiding under your bed • Skeleton Reindeer
The Museum of the the Weird: The Mistress of Evil • The Candleman • Madame ZarkovThe Grandfather Coffin Clock
Characters from Spinoffs: Elizabeth HenshawRamsleyEmmaEzraJim EversSara EversMegan EversMichael EversZombiesZeke Holloway • Friendly Ghosts • Atticus ThornAmicus ArcaneDanny CroweMaxwell KeepMelody KeepRoland Keep

Miscellaneous
Grim Grinning Ghosts • Gracey Manor • The Flying DutchmanThe Ghost Relations DepartmentTarot CardsIocane PowderBeacon of Souls • Bravery Tonic • Mumbo Doll • Soul GemsSeaman's Ring • Brotherhood of the Soul • Order of Shadows • Mystic Manor Theme SongThe Sinister 11
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