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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Black Cauldron Characters at Walt Disney World

It's time for more obscure Disney characters!

This 1990 map features King Eidilleg (the fat guy) and Doli (the little guy), Fair Folk from the 1985 film, The Black Cauldron.

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom used to have a tie-in to The Black Cauldron. There was a food location called Gurgi's Munchies and Crunchies, named after the furry little creature from the film. It closed in 1993, and was given a Mrs. Potts (of Beauty and the Beast) theme.

Tokyo Disneyland in Japan had an attraction called the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour, which featured an animatronic figure of The Horned King villain from The Black Cauldron. The Tour closed not too long ago.

This map also features a rare appearance by Buzz Buzz the Bee from the old Donald Duck cartoons!

5 comments:

  1. The Black Cauldron is a good movie. Have you ever read the Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander? They are phenomenal. Excellent, excellent books.

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  2. The Horned King audio-animatronic at Tokyo DL was incredible. I liked that entire attraction. It was long and involved. It used changing portraits, audio-animatronics (including a dragon), miniatures, and a tour guide that led the whole thing. It closed in 2006, but they plan on reopening it as a Cinderella walk-thru of some sort.

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  3. Peyton, I have never read the Prydain Chronicles--maybe I need to! I'm curious how much was changed for the Disney movie. The Black Cauldron was in production for many years, and it was kind of a big deal that it got a PG rating.

    TokyoMagic!, it's too bad that they had to close the Tour at Tokyo Disneyland. I would have liked to have seen it! I would hope that they could re-use the attraction elements elsewhere, but I tend to doubt that they would.

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  4. Really, the Disney movie just combines the first two books: The Book of Three and The Black Cauldron. They arching story of the Chronicles is very different than the movie, but they are tonally quite similar. One thing that was hard for me to adjust to--having seen the movies before reading the books--is that the Horned King is actually a minion of the villain and not the Big Bad himself.

    Also, the books always describe Dallben as having a beard, but I can't help but picture the Disney version!!! :)

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  5. Hey Peyton, thanks for the information! Interesting to learn that the Horned King was not the big villain in the books, and that Dallben should have had facial hair!

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