Laurent Cayuela, show writer at Walt Disney Imagineering creative Paris, shares the stories that make Disneyland Paris unique. This month, as we celebrate the launch of The Lion King and Jungle Festival, let’s have a closer look at Frontierland, a Wild West story worthy of a western movie.
Before exploring Frontierland, the name of the Land itself deserves an explanation. The word Frontier refers to a great American myth. To be more specific, it relates to an imaginary line that helped the pioneers differentiate the known world from the rest of the continent they had yet to explore. In France, this time period is commonly referred to as the “Conquest of the West.”
Thunder Mesa, a tale of legends and reality
At Disneyland Paris,the different milestones of this conquest become apparent as various architectural styles tell the story of the fictional town of Thunder Mesa. You can only have access to this town by crossing a forest populated by Native Americans, as the first signs of European civilization start appearing with Fort Comstock.
In 1848, an event unexpectedly disrupts the quiet town of Thunder Mesa as gold is discovered on Big Thunder Mountain. In 1885, the town becomes a small agricultural community with the arrival of the railway. Up on the hill, the stunning manor of the Ravenswood family raises many questions….Melanie remains unmarried, in spite of having four suitors.