Releases in 1948, Walt Disney’s “Melody Time” is a feature-length compilation of imaginative animated shorts inspired by various popular music genres. The film’s final segment ends things on a country-western note with a comical retelling of the legend of Pecos Bill as sung by Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers. During Pecos Bill’s theme song, the popular film personalities recount some of the impressive feats accomplished by “the western superman,” including riding a cyclone like a bucking bronco and digging the Rio Grande. However, one accomplishment that was left out of this musical number was Bill’s success as a restaurateur.
Located in Frontierland, “Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe” serves up Tex-Mex inspired dishes in the largest quick service restaurant on the west side of Magic Kingdom. This sign featuring “the toughest critter west of the Alamo” as he appeared in “Melody Time” can be seen predominantly outside the restaurant, but it’s not the only nod to him at this popular establishment. Many references to Pecos Bill’s story, as well as other tall tales of the old west, can also be found scattered through the cafe’s various dining rooms. Although running a fast food restaurant may not seem as grand as some of his more song-worthy escapades, feeding the amount of Magic Kingdom guests that visit “Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe” everyday is a tall order, even for a tall tale.