Walt Disney World is preparing for a BIG anniversary this year, a Fifty Year Anniversary in fact. A Large Number of attractions and set pieces are receiving a number of small updates or changes to try and attract guests for the big Five Zero. One of those rides includes one of Frontierland’s most popular attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and it will be closing from June 7th – June 12th for refurbishment.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of Disney World’s most popular Roller Coaster Rides, originally opening in 1980 while the Disneyland counterpart had already opened in 1979. Originally conceived by legendary Imagineer, Tony Baxter, the ride is set in the Old West of 1800s America. Guests board a Mining Train and venture through a series of canyons, caverns and mines. It is also one of Disney’s various “Mountain Rides”, which also include Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and The Matterhorn/Expedition Everest.
The attraction is planned for a short shut down which will last for about five days, so if you happen to be visiting the park during that five day period you’ll sadly not be able to visit the Old West. It isn’t yet known if this is simply a safety/quality check or if it is indeed part of the 50th Anniversary changes. They could possibly be making a few temporary edits or small touches, but it definitely wouldn’t be something as big as the Castle getting a are coat of paint, that would certainly take more than just Five Days.
All we have to do is wait and see how prominent these changes or updates might effect the ride experience for the next year.
Source: Inside The Magic
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