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July 26, 2013

Location: Backlot Tour/Frontierland

A few weeks ago The Lone Ranger galloped into theaters. Unfortunately, the film didn't gross as much as Disney was expecting, but I found the film to be extremely entertaining! It has been a long standing tradition for Disney to include a large prop from their current blockbuster films at the start of the tram portion of the Studios Backlot Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios!

About a month prior to The Lone Ranger being released I realized that it had recently received a gift which I assumed right away belonged in the film. As you can see from the picture below, the Courthouse sign which sat near the train station in a few scenes during the film, now calls The Backlot Tour home!

Lone Ranger prop in Disney

While the Courthouse sign is neat, in my mind, this isn't the true Lone Ranger gem found on Walt Disney World property. To find it, we need a quick history lesson about Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe!

As discussed in my previous Fun Find Friday article talking about the similarities to this Frontierland restaurant and a Planet Hollywood, while guests explore Pecos Bill, they can find a variety of items given to Bill by fellow folklore legends. While several of the characters have a connection to Disney in some way, shape, or form (Paul Bunyan, Johnny Appleseed, etc.), one item has sat in a display case upon one of the walls for years with the sign next to it remaining unmarked never giving guests a chance to know who these items belong to.

For years I have suspected that they belong to The Lone Ranger. While Zorro would be a more obvious choice due to its long history with the Disney company, one item within the case shot this theory out of the water. That item? A silver bullet! While a staple of the Lone Ranger franchise, not until earlier this month did the masked man have a connection to the Disney name. Now, however, it is a fair bet that this item, while still unmarked, truly belongs to The Lone Ranger!

Lone Ranger mask in Pecos Bill


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