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Topic: Latest: Extensive Refurbishment Coming for Big Thunder Mountain January 7

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Fri 12/14/2012 10:58a
This topic is for Discussion of Latest: Extensive Refurbishment Coming for Big Thunder Mountain January 7

The Official Disney Parks Blog has released the following info...

In the normal course of a Disney Parks attraction’s lifespan, there are periods of time when it is necessary to close for a major refurbishment. You may recall that this was the case last year with the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which now looks better than ever with its fresh snowfall. Up next at Disneyland park, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will close January 7 for refurbishment, reopening in fall 2013.

Updates being made to the attraction will include:

  • New ride vehicles (but don’t worry – they’ll still look like the trains that you know and love!)
  • Track replacement (but the attraction will still follow its current course)
  • Repainting portions of the mountain itself (Walt Disney Imagineering has once again carefully studied Bryce Canyon for inspiration)

We’ll have more updates on these and other aspects of the refurbishment throughout the year, but if you’d like to experience the “wildest ride in the wilderness” one more time before it begins, head on over to Disneyland park by January 6 – its last day of operation until fall 2013.

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Dr Hans Reinhardt
Fri 12/14/2012 12:38p
I knew this was on the agenda, but it's great to see that it's finally on the calendar. Big Thunder was looking very shabby when I was there this summer. The best part is that the mountain is being repainted and I'm hoping that they do some major work repairs to the props in the queue. Does anyone know if DL will be getting the interactive story details that were recently added in Florida?
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Dabob2
Fri 12/14/2012 12:43p
I know it's too much to hope that they'd reconfigure the track so that the ending isn't so anti-climactic...

But one thing that WOULD be doable would be to update the show scenes; the indoor ones of course to look more convincing and even updating some of the critters outside to more modern AA's. Since the blog didn't mention that, there may not be any such improvement in the offing. But I can still hope that they're saving such announcements for a later date.
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Kar2oonMan
Fri 12/14/2012 12:47p
>>I know it's too much to hope that they'd reconfigure the track so that the ending isn't so anti-climactic...<<

Yep. A barrel roll through the dinosaur bones would be cool, wouldn't it? Or perhaps go into a final small show building with some cool effect. Ah well, we can dream....
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Kar2oonMan
Fri 12/14/2012 12:48p
It'd also be neat if a couple passengers could ride in the train's engine.
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Dabob2
Fri 12/14/2012 12:51p
<Or perhaps go into a final small show building with some cool effect.>

I know, I know!! Some sort of, oh what am I thinking of... CAVERN. That's it, a cavern. But not just any cavern. One with really colorful waterfalls... all the colors of the rainbow!! How cool would that be? But they'd never put anything like that anywhere near Big Thunder.
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Manfried
Fri 12/14/2012 2:08p
I think it would be totally wicked if the train took a wrong turn into another new mine entrance at the end, and ended up splashing down in the small world flume.
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Dr Hans Reinhardt
Fri 12/14/2012 2:17p
In France you plunge into a long Space Mountain like tunnel in complete darkness after the earthquake scene before reentering the depot. It's fast and a complete adrenaline rush. Too bad DL can't get something similar.
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Jim in Merced CA
Fri 12/14/2012 9:25p
I like this tidbit:

<Repainting portions of the mountain itself (Walt Disney Imagineering has once again carefully studied Bryce Canyon for inspiration>

Right....
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Kar2oonMan
Fri 12/14/2012 11:27p
>>I think it would be totally wicked if the train took a wrong turn into another new mine entrance at the end, and ended up splashing down in the small world flume.<<

Big Blunder Mountain Railroad, coming 2013!

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