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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’s happening and what might be included in the project.

(UPDATE 12/15/23): Disney has just scheduled a short refurbishment for Big Thunder Mountain from January 16, 2024, to January 20, 2024, and reopening on January 21, 2024.

Disney has not mentioned what this refurbishment is for, but it appears to be just regular maintenance and not something bigger or adding any additional show elements to enhance the ride.

Rumors of a bigger refurbishment for Big Thunder Mountain have been going around for years, but they have not yet been realized.

Because of budget cuts, however, that project never took place and Big Thunder Mountain is only getting regular maintenance done at this time.

Goat on top of the rocks at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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 we might have to wait longer than the 50th at this point.

It would eventually be nice to see an addition like the one Imagineers planned, and it would bring one of the guests’ favorite attractions up-to-date.

It’s very hard to say right now if a bigger refurbishment will ever happen with all the attraction budget cuts Disney has made since the parks closed down. They have put some of the bigger projects on hold for the time being.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment

There are many refurbishments currently going on at Walt Disney World. First off, also in the Magic Kingdom, we are constantly learning new info about Splash Mountain transforming into a Princess and the Frog ride and that should be open in late 2024.

Over in Disney’s Animal Kingdom we are getting the regular Kali River Rapids refurbishment in the winter, just like we do every year.

From time to time the transportation systems also need work and the Disney Skyliner will also be closed for refurbishment in January, with it reopening in phases.

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.

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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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Roger Errington

Thursday 17th of February 2022

going at the end of March what can we do to be ready

Michelle Crean

Saturday 18th of December 2021

My family and I will be visiting Disney World Dec 21 - 29, 2021. I have been trying to find information on percentage of visitors being allowed into parks compared pre-Covid attendance. Do you have any idea?


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