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Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment Details in Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Refurbishment season is in the air once again in Walt Disney World and this time the popular Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closing for refurbishment. But when exactly is it happening?

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad closing for refurbishment

In this post we will talk about the refurbishment planned for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, when it might happen and what might be included in the project.

(UPDATE 9/15/20): Originally the refurbishment for Big Thunder Mountain was planned for Summer 2020 with enhancements being made to get the classic attraction ready for Disney World’s 50th Anniversary celebration in October 2021.

Because of the Disney World closure however, that project never took place and Big Thunder Mountain reopened with the Magic Kingdom on July 11, 2020, and it has been open ever since.

Now however, it looks like the refurbishment might start getting underway shortly as construction permits were recently filed with Big Thunder Mountain’s address and the description: “Provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction.”

A significant refurbishment to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has been rumored for years now, with the projection mapping explosion sequence already found in Disneyland and Disneyland Paris being the highlight. We’ve been waiting for it to come to Florida, and it looks like it just might come before the 50th.

This would be an awesome addition and bring one of guests’ favorite attractions up-to-date.

There was also a 2-week refurbishment planned for May 2020, which had to do just with minor maintenance on the ride. It’s possible that these newest permits are just connected with that and no significant refurb will be done before October 2021.

It’s very hard to say right now with all the attraction budget cuts Disney has made since the parks closed down. It’s possible they put some of the bigger projects on hold and decided to improve the existing attractions guests already know and love.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment

It’s been a year of refurbishments in 2020 with Splash Mountain closed for a lengthy refurbishment at the beginning of the year, as well as Test Track over in Epcot.

In Disneyland Snow White’s Scary Adventures, the Haunted Mansion and Indiana Jones Adventure were all scheduled to close for parts of the year.

So far no dates and no official announcement has been made for Big Thunder Mountain, but stay tuned here at Ziggy Knows Disney for the latest updates, as we fill you in as soon as we find out more details.

Check out the Full List of Disney World Ride Closures and Refurbishments to see what other projects are going on.

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about a Big Thunder Railroad Mountain refurbishment…

  • What modifications would you like to see on the ride?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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Monday 3rd of February 2020

Yup. This SUCKS! My girls LOVE this coaster. We were looking forward to enjoying it after hours as well.

We're going to have a good trip, but thanks for doing RIGHT during our trip that I booked a year ago!


Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Hi Ian, I hear your pain! This has happened to me multiple times with other attractions over the years and it stinks. Unfortunately, there is never a good time to close an attraction and there is some maintenance that has to be done from time to time. I hope you and your girls can make it down again soon when it's finished so they can ride it!


Monday 3rd of February 2020

Yes this will affect my trip ??‍♀️ My kids are not going to like this at all !!


Monday 3rd of February 2020

Hi Keri, thanks for the comment! Oh no, I'm sorry to hear that. That's the unfortunate part is there is usually some attractions down almost every visit