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?
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.
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.
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.
I want to know what you think about a Big Thunder Railroad Mountain refurbishment…
- What modifications would you like to see on the ride?
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