Big Thunder Mountain Railroad refurbishment moved back to later in the year

Mar 03, 2016 in "Big Thunder Mountain Railroad"

Posted: Thursday March 3, 2016 11:10am EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

The 4 month-long Big Thunder Mountain refurbishment at the Magic Kingdom is now scheduled for later in the year.


Originally planned for April 4 through to July 15, the refurbishment has now moved to August 8 to November 18, reopening to guests on November 19 2016. The rollercoaster's last major refurbishment was back in 2012, with a number of shorter refurbishments since then.

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KrazyKatDec 18, 2016

HMFDec 18, 2016

Not with this management.

UpAllNightDec 18, 2016

Paris' version has always been the best version you'd think they'd want to attempt to do everything they could to make WDW's a higher level.

marni1971Dec 18, 2016

It never did. Tumbleweed was replaced with a collapsed bridge in Paris.

brb1006Dec 17, 2016

This is going to take a while until TDO finally adds these effects. Does WDW even have the splashing water effect?

montyz81Dec 17, 2016

It is an internal joke to see how long customers in Orlando will continue to pay before they stop going. I'm convinced of it. :). I wonder if there is a stat that tells you what percent profit per ticket each of the parks makes? I suspect that there is a great deal more in profit in Anaheim then in Orlando due to the maintenance and overhead associated with Orlando. That figure alone might be the justification leadership needs to reduce budget on referbs and newly built attractions.

Cmdr_CrimsonDec 17, 2016

I still like how BTM At DLP ties in with Ravenswood Manor (Phantom Manor) and the entire of Thunder Mesa being the name of Frontierland as a tribute to the planned ride for WDW that never happened..

Speedy71Dec 17, 2016

Meeko77Dec 14, 2016

That looks incredible! I finally rode Big Thunder (my first time after the rehab) during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom this past Sunday night. The initial lift area at the top with the waterfall had very different lighting. As the fireworks were just starting up, most of the exterior lighting was shut off, so it was extra thrilling. I will say that I was ecstatic to see the opossums spinning around the tree branch again. They had been static for a very long time. I didn't notice any difference in the track - didn't seem any smoother to me.

marni1971Dec 14, 2016

Aaannddd..... in full. Watch and weep.

HRJuniorDec 14, 2016

Yeah of course, the DLP's mountain, is as you know quite special due to the water all around it (wich make it more crazy), so it take 3 week to empty all the water, wich have been cleaned, and all the fish transferred to the artificial lake near Val d'Europe The biggest matter, was the waterproofing of the concrete wall at the mountain base, the repainting (wich can only be made with climbers ), the tree change, because there where now so big, to the mountain scale after 25 years and of course the pipeline wich have been placed for the liquid nitrogen effect ! Oh and they changed all the ride control, so now it will be able to run 5 train without 101 2 time a day because of zone intrusion So because of the ride control changed, they have to make come back the belgian ride testers to certify the ride, so it take 1 month of test by night.

MrHappyDec 13, 2016

I'm starting to think things like Cabana's and Express buses are planned distractions (that make money) that take the focus from areas that need improvements. Strategically timed, sprinkled with pixie dust.

Tiny ArmsDec 13, 2016

Truly, what a big shame :(

HauntedPirateDec 13, 2016

Fixed that for ya. ;)