A story that has its roots in classic Disney short animation and ties into Frontierland, what’s not to love about this tale from one of the west’s great couples? My Wife Sue highlights one of the guiding stars of the Main Street Gazette, as it is a blend of entertaining, history, and educating readers around something that could be missed, overlooked, or misinterpreted. The layering of stories at Walt Disney World is something that I love to explore and immerse myself in, and it is that love that has given way to so many articles on the Gazette. While there may be better examples of our work, this is just a fun piece to read!
My Wife Sue – Originally Published 26 August 2015
As you make your way through the queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you’ll come across all sorts of flyers, warnings, instructions, and other assorted postings. Near the map of Big Thunder Mountain’s mines are several postings from miners and townsfolk. One in particular is from that larger than life Frontierland hero, Pecos Bill. His note reads:
Come celebrate my marriage to the prettiest lady in Tumbleweed, my wife Sue, at the Dust Saloon.Drinks are on you!
There are almost as many tall tales about Pecos Bill in Texas as there are stars in the night sky out on the range. This little posting references the story of how he met and married Slue-Foot Sue, a tale that is also recounted as part of the Pecos Bill section of Melody Time. The 1948 animated feature was a package film with seven different sections telling seven very different stories through animation and music. Pecos Bill was the last segment on the feature and clocked in at a whopping 22 minutes.
In the Disney version of events Widowmaker, Pecos Bill’s horse, isn’t at all impressed by Slue-Foot sue coming between him and his favorite cowpoke. On their wedding day Sue was determined to ride Widowmaker, steel bustle and all. After trying time and again Widomaker finally threw Sue, and that steel contraption she was wearing kept her bouncing higher and higher. Pecos attempted to lasso his bride but failed to catch her, likely due to some shenanigans from Widowmaker, and she eventually reached the moon.
This note at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from Pecos Bill was obviously written before the wedding day. Here’s hoping all the miners went out to pay their respects to the newlyweds, otherwise they likely missed out on an event that would become legendary in these parts!