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

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

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.


  • Interesting. The new BTMR queue maybe?


  • Hmmm… Could it be Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?

    – Lou M
    WDW Radio

    • Hi Lou – Mining in the old west? That sounds like a fair guess.

  • Haunted Mansion?

  • Part of the new interactive elements at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!

  • This is going to drive me crazy all day long. Is it too soon to ask for another hint?

    • 🙂 Not too long, my friend.

  • Does it have anything to do with Adventureland?!?! I don’t know what, but it sounds exciting!

    • Hmm, he does look adventurous.

  • The Haunted Mansion!?

    • Hmm, he does look mysterious!

  • Big Thunder Mountain Queue

  • Big Thunder Mountain? It looks like a portrait of Imagineer Tony Baxter.

  • So they’re throwing Tony Baxter into the backstory of Big Thunder Mountain?

  • Big Thunder Mountain would be my guess…

  • Gold, huh? Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment?

  • Tony Baxter & the Western River Expedition?!?!?!!?

  • Is it my imagination or does the man look a bit like Donald Sutherland?

  • Not sure if this is on purpose but he looks a LOT like Tony Baxter…

    • You must be a big fan of our Imagineering pros!

  • OH OH Wait!!! Frontierland!!

  • Big Thunder Mountain?

  • Not sure who he might be based on the hint… but he reminds me of Imagineer Tony Baxter! 🙂

  • A new villain for something like the tower of terror? He immediately reminded me of Harrison Hightower (the villian for the tower of terror in Tokyo Disney…) but I’m really excited to find out! Maybe it’ll be an interactive mystery ride!?

  • Is that supposed to be Tony Baxter?? LOL

  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad interactive queue?????

  • Thunder Mountain interactive queue?

  • Due to the fact that Big Thunder Mountain doesn’t really have a “story” like Disney likes to create for their guests, my guess is it is for that attraction. Though I’d also love for them to make the current Prospector into Stinky Pete from Toy Story 2!

  • My guess is that this gentleman was looking for gold in Big Thunder Mountain, so he will appear somewhere at the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. In the new interactive queue perhaps?

  • Big Thunder Mountain?

  • Does it has anything to do with Mystic Manor from Hong Kong Disneyland? Or TonyBaxter?

    • Wow, Tony Baxter has a lot of guesses!

  • Big Thunder Mountain!! 🙂

  • I’m going to guess something for Haunted Mansion. It has that look and after having ridden the version in Paris, it would fit.

  • By the way – very cool picture of who I am assuming is Mr. Baxter!

  • Obviously Tony Baxter, but would this appear in the Dwarfs Mine Train?

  • Big Thunder Mountain!

  • Looks like Tony Baxter. My guess is Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

  • Is that Tony Baxter in the portrait?

  • Is this part of the new interactive queue at Big Thunder?

  • Did he happen to hold a position of power in the ill-fated town of Tumbleweed?

  • Looks like Tony Baxter to me so I’m guessing it involves Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • My first guess would be Haunted Mansion especially given the hint. However, I feel this is a trick.

  • Most likely the Haunted Mansion

  • Looks like Tony Baxter! Ha! I’m wondering if this has something to do with the Jack Sparrow Experience?

    • Hmm, that’s a guess I haven’t heard yet.

  • is it a holiday themed piece? Scrooge maybe?

  • I’m thinking something with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

  • Interactive queue at Big Thunder Mountain? Thats the only thing that pops in my head, something to do with the backstory to the attraction.

  • Western River Expedition

  • Something with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – or anything in Frontierland?

  • Are they reviving the Western River Expedition???!!!

  • Please tell me we finally have a face for Master Gracey at the Haunted Mansion!!!

  • Reminds me of Tony Baxter…

  • Kind of looks like Tony Baxter?

  • King Midas… although he doesn’t look exactly like a king.

  • I’m going with Thunder Mountain- it’s too much of a coincidence that this is revealed on its birthday! 🙂

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