The Legend of Frontierland – Disneyland Paris Fan Film

For a while now TheCoasterFun Production Studios team have been teasing a new film; The Legend of Frontierland. Well yesterday it was launched and is now available for all to view on YouTube. The official spiel is as follows:

Themed to the American Old West of the 19th century, Frontierland is home to cowboys and pioneers, saloons, red rock buttes and gold rushes. But what’s the history of Frontierland? A long time ago in the American West there was a small and peaceful valley lying in the shadow of the red buttes known as Big Thunder Mountain. It was little wonder that this unique landscape inspired the imagination of those who lived in the valley. Ancient traditions of the native tribes, in fact, told of a powerful spirit protecting the mountain… Known as the Thunderbird, this deity would punish anyone who dared desacrate the rocks of Big Thunder. It was said that a flap of its mighty wings would cause the earth itself to tremble and open up. For the longest time, the spirit’s rule was respected by all… until, one day, white settlers arrived in the area. Searching the land for precious minerals and other riches, they didn’t care to heed the natives’ warnings of a vengeful supernatural being. Indeed, their search would soon prove successful. A rich vein of gold was discovered in the red rocks of Big Thunder Mountain, and as soon as word got out, more and more settlers streamed into the area transforming the serene wilderness into a lively and steadily growing gold-rush town! The owner of the mine, an industrial baron called Henry Ravenswood, soon founded the Big Thunder Mining Company in order to handle the increasing mining operations in and around the mountain. For his own family, the increasingly wealthy Henry Ravenswood began construction of a splendid mansion on a hill overlooking the sprawling town. Its owner’s dearest pride and joy, however, was his beautiful young daughter Melanie. Of fair complexion and auburn hair, she grew up protected, free to pass her time in the expansive manor gardens under Henry’s watchful eye. All of this good fortune, however, was to change just when Melanie Ravenswood was preparing to celebrate her wedding… After eleven years of plundering the riches found in Big Thunder Mountain, it would seem that its guardian spirit had finally had enough. As the day of the wedding arrived, however, the groom was nowhere to be seen. Melanie searched for him throughout the house, but in vain. Whether it was actually caused by the Thunderbird’s mighty wings or by geological forces of nature, in 1860 a terrible earthquake struck the town of Thunder Mesa. Henry Ravenswood and his wife Martha perished in the quake, while the gold mines collapsed in a shower of rubble and rockwork. But even before this grave event, it would seem that trouble had been brewing at the Ravenswood home. Rumors said that Melanie’s suitor planned to take her away from Thunder Mesa, and that Henry was furious! After his tragic demise, it seemed that nothing more would stand in the way of the wedding… Over the years, the manor fell into decay. The inhabitants of Thunder Mesa, too scared to set foot on the estate, began calling it Phantom Manor. There were tales of brave souls who had dared to enter the house and never returned.

Reveal the mystery of Phantom Manor yourself and set cautious foot into this ‘Haunted Mansion’.

Here is the film:

I’ll start off by saying that it’s fantastically put together and it’s plain to see that these guys are very talented video editors. The footage in the first part is made to look like it was shot in the mid 19th century and it’s very effective in doing that. I have a feeling the same footage is used in the second part, the present, without the vintage affect.

I did struggle to read all the text, as beautifully as it was presented the transitions were a bit too quick to take in all the story. The shift from storytelling of the past to current day Disneyland Paris was also very sudden and the atmosphere was lost as it went from 1850s Thunder Mesa to Disneyland Paris promotional footage.

The various bits of camera footage showing Melanie in other lands of Disneyland Paris, on Halloween it should be noted, were a nice touch. Though I thought she was trapped inside Phantom Manor?

There’s no doubt a beautifully created video, but I do feel it suffers a bit of an identity crisis at times. What did you think and what other parts of Disneyland Paris would you like to see brought to life in this way?

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As the founder of Dedicated to DLP Steve is a self confessed Disneyland Paris fanatic and has an unrivaled passion for the resort, its history and what makes it work. He has a particular love of Pirates of the Caribbean, which he often talks about as the host of the podcast and the weekly YouTube show.



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