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Walt Disney Imagineers Unveil a Mysterious Portrait as a Hint to an Upcoming Walt Disney World Resort Project

posted on November 15th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Who doesn’t love a good mystery – and we just happen to have one to share with you today. Our friends in Walt Disney Imagineering just sent us this portrait as a sneak peek of one of their upcoming Walt Disney World Resort projects. Any ideas which attraction this may soon be a part of?
Walt Disney Imagineers Unveil This Mysterious Portrait As A Hint To An Upcoming Walt Disney World Project

Here’s one hint to the identity of this fine fellow: “His obsession with gold will ultimately lead him to ruin.”

Leave your guess in the “comments” section below.

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Mark on November 15th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Donald Sutherland???

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steve on November 15th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Big Thunder Mountain?

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Jerusha on November 15th, 2012 at 10:14 am

He looks like Donald Sutherland…

The only thing I can think of that does anything gold-related is Ravenswood Manor in DLP, but I’m sure that couldn’t be it…

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on November 16th, 2012 at 10:08 am

Love that attraction (and storyline!).

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Laura on November 15th, 2012 at 10:14 am

Haunted Mansion?

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David on November 15th, 2012 at 10:14 am

Is that Tony Baxter??!!

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ashley from IL on November 15th, 2012 at 10:15 am

BIg Thunder Mountain!!

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John on November 15th, 2012 at 10:16 am

While I would think Big Thunder Mountain ill go the Seven Dwarfs Mine train to be different.

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on November 15th, 2012 at 11:35 am

Way to be unique!

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shanna on November 15th, 2012 at 10:16 am

Only one I can think of is king Midas but the portrait does not fit…

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Juliana on November 15th, 2012 at 10:17 am

Is Tony Baxter taking over the mines at Big Thunder Mountain?!

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adam on November 15th, 2012 at 10:19 am

This guy looks like Donald Sutherland. Perhaps he is playing a character that is part of the mystery! Or perhaps this guy just looks like Donald Sutherland…

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shanna on November 15th, 2012 at 10:19 am

Looks just like Donald Sutherland

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Michael on November 15th, 2012 at 10:20 am

My guess would be the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on November 15th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Interesting guess, Michael.

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Danielle on November 15th, 2012 at 10:22 am

Darian- I totally see D. Sutherland too! That was my first thought!

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JEANY on November 15th, 2012 at 10:24 am

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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Jean from QC on November 15th, 2012 at 10:24 am

Big Thunder Mountain or the rumored ABC series based on it.

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Corey on November 15th, 2012 at 10:28 am

It’s Donald Sutherland and they’re doing a hunger games attraction LOL

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James on November 15th, 2012 at 10:29 am

Scrooge?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on November 16th, 2012 at 10:13 am

That’s a good guess this time of year.

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Danielle from FL on November 15th, 2012 at 10:38 am

Big Thunder Mountain queue…and hello Tony Baxter!

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Lisa from WI on November 15th, 2012 at 10:39 am

I say Big Thunder Mountain or Master Gracey for Haunted Mansion.

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Lisa from WI on November 15th, 2012 at 10:42 am

I say Big Thunder Mountain or Master Gracey for Haunted Mansion!

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Dana on November 15th, 2012 at 10:47 am

My Guess.. either BTM or HM.. either one, I’m more partial to BTM as part of the new referb and the amazing size of the gold nugget. Plus the portrait looks more realistic than the ones in HM>

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Jerome on November 15th, 2012 at 10:48 am

Ok…going to agree with the majority…I despise bEing a lemming, Big Thunder Mountain…I also agree with few people who said it looks like Donald Sutherland a little. We all know its Mr. Baxter though. Love it! Btw, New Fantasyland…..AMAZING!!!

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JoAnn from ND on November 15th, 2012 at 10:53 am

I looked at it and saw Donald Sutherland :)

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Christopher on November 15th, 2012 at 10:56 am

lol It looks like Tony Baxter.

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Brett on November 15th, 2012 at 11:21 am

Since they’re doing a BTM series on ABC, I’m guessing it’s queue related.

Brett
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Rocco on November 15th, 2012 at 11:23 am

Tony Baxter the musical!

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Jeff on November 15th, 2012 at 11:26 am

An interactive queue is never far away when you use your imagination.

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Jonathan on November 15th, 2012 at 11:30 am

Here lies —— Buried in golden treasure

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Christina on November 15th, 2012 at 11:33 am

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and I bet that is Kit Carson.

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dan on November 15th, 2012 at 11:45 am

Looks like the guy who tried to rip-off Merriweather Pleasure from buying Pleasure Island and establishing the Adventurers Club

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Christa from GA on November 15th, 2012 at 11:48 am

Wow, I was way off thinking Jack Sparrow Experience! LOLOL

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Ian on November 15th, 2012 at 11:57 am

Merriweather Adam Pleasure! The Adventurers Club is on its way?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on November 15th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Nope, I can say that that is not it.

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Alec on November 15th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Tony Baxter’s first big project was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This looks like Tony Baxter, Thunder Mountain was a gold mining town, and today is the anniversary of Big Thunder at Walt Disney World.

As his time at Walt Disney Imagineering comes full circle, perhaps we’re getting a hint of Tony Baxter’s final project by his portrayal of a Midas-like character in one of his first rides.

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Richard from VA on November 15th, 2012 at 12:17 pm

It’s Donald Sutherland

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Brandon on November 15th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Silly thought, but this isn’t Henry Ravenswood, is it? He could fit in at both The Haunted Mansion and Big Thunder Mountain.

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Carol on November 15th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

He looks like Merriweather Adam Pleasure!!! Have they finally returned from their vacation?!!

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Ian on November 15th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

My second guess would be Jason Chandler from the town of International Village who invented a drilling machine to retrieve the riches of Big Thunder Mountain. He also saved the lives of 26 miners just before an earthquake claimed him, his invention and all the gold of Big Thunder.

Oh how I miss the Disney Magazine!

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David on November 15th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Looks like Tony Baxter is the “old miner” from Big Thunder Mountain?!

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Alison on November 15th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I’m going to agree with the Tony Baxter guessers, especially since the portrait in Bonjour Gifts looks a lot like someone I know. However, for what the portrait will be used for: I don’t think anyone guessed this, and I had a blast with them on the Disney Fantasy…is it an interactive portrait? The Midship Detective Agency was a lot of fun, would be a nice touch to a queue like Big Thunder. :)

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on November 15th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

That would be cool.

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Tony on November 15th, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It is Auric Goldfinger

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Greg on November 15th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Let’s think outside the parks. How about part of a rebranding of Port Orleans Riverside?

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Jason from NY on November 15th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I SOO wish this was Merriweather Adam Pleasure, but I’m inclined to agree that it has to do with the Big Thunder Mountain queue.

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Robin from TN on November 15th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I’m guessing Big Thunder Mountain (and that it might have something to do with an article I just read regarding a pilot for an ABC television show based on Big Thunder Mountain)….

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jeff on November 15th, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I’m with Ian, I think it’s Merriweather Adam Pleasure.

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Joanna on November 15th, 2012 at 1:24 pm

It’s probably for Big Thunder Mountain. But OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG, I WOULD DIE OF HAPPINESS if it were for a reopening of the Adventurer’s Club. I walked past the building (which still exists, even if the front steps are hidden behind potted plants) a few weeks ago and just hoped and hoped they would bring it back. Never been there, but have wanted to go since I knew it existed…which is after it stopped existing anymore.

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Friend on November 15th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Master B. of course, owner of the B.T.M.M.Co.

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Sarah on November 15th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Does it have anything to do with Gary’s post from yesterday that has something to do with dragons in New Fantasyland…? So many secrets! It’s driving me crazy!

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Chris on November 15th, 2012 at 1:49 pm

This is fun!! When do we find out the answer??

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on November 16th, 2012 at 10:09 am

Very soon! Keep checking back for a new post.

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Stephen on November 15th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Other websites are commenting about a potential Big Thunder Mountain TV series in the works. I’m guessing this is a character (designed to pay tribute to Tony Baxter) that will tie the TV series into the ride, and most likely the next gen cue elements.

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Ann from MI on November 15th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I’m going with BTMR television show that ABC is planning.

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