As is the case in the Magic Kingdom, Shadowlands will be surrounded by the B & B Railways (short for Black & Blue) Shadowlands Express. Alameda Slim (from the ill received feature Home on the Range) and his henchman Wesley have set up shop with their cattle train in hopes of snagging a few unsuspecting victims.
The train will be composed of cattle cars, open to both sides. Guests will ride back to back. Imagine the Wildlife Express in DAK, but open to both sides. At the station at the park entrance will be a counter service location called Wesley’s Cattle Car serving Burgers and Roast Beef Sandwiches. The restaurant will be housed in a derailed cattle car located just off the platform of the station.
The area’s theme will maintain the medieval crumbling castle feel, but it will be apparent that Alameda has done his best to bring in some reminders of home with wooden railings, cacti, and steer horns galore adorning the walls of the station.
As with it’s counterpart in the MK, the B & B Railways will offer vignettes at various locations around the park as well as stops in the different lands for an alternate mode of transportation.
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The gate area will be similar to that of the Magic Kingdom. A large semi-circular bank of turnstiles which leave the guests in a courtyard. The difference here is in the style and the atmosphere of the courtyard and surroundings. This plaza will not be filled with flowers trimmed to the shape of Mickey’s head. Instead, the centerpiece is a fountain in the middle of the cobblestone courtyard.
This fountain will resemble a goblet with a snake wrapped around it . Water will spill over the sides of the cup and a flame will be constantly burning from the top. Around the goblet will be a series spears sticking out of the ground. There will be a persistent mist or fog emanating from the base.
The gates and plaza will have a medieval feel to them as will a large portion of the front of the park. Crumbling, ivy covered walls will reflect a decrepit castle town almost in ruins. Flickering lamps will adorn the walls and gargoyles will watch from the parapets of low towers.
This plaza will feed under the train station in the same manner of MK. There will be three tunnels running under it, however these will be more along the lines of the queue of Pirates of the Caribbean. (Think heavy portcullises hanging above your head which will be raised every morning during the opening of the park)
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