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Topic: Latest: Disneyland Begins $4 Million Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment

Fri 1/4/2013 9:18a
This topic is for Discussion of Latest: Disneyland Begins $4 Million Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment

The Orange County Register writes Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will undergo its biggest refurbishment project in more than three decades starting Monday. Among the changes are replaced tracks, new ride vehicles, improved lighting and sound and a partial new paint job. The refurbishment will last 10 months.

Fri 1/4/2013 5:19p
I just hope it's not bumpier afterwards.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Sat 1/5/2013 11:26a
I wonder how this refurb compares to the WDW's. How long was Big Thunder closed in Florida?
Sat 1/5/2013 12:05p
I'm not sure when WDW's reopened (they had a post on the Disney Parks Blog about the new interactive queue about 6-8 weeks ago, but that doesn't mean that it was around the time of the reopening), but it closed the first week in January 2012, in the middle of my trip but before I had a chance to ride it.
Dr Hans Reinhardt
Sat 1/5/2013 12:46p
OK, so then it sounds like the closure there was similar. Interesting.
Wed 1/23/2013 2:27p
It was closed about five months in Florida...still some non-working effects after opening.
Thu 1/24/2013 8:22a
Wow, only $4M to replace the track. When they built the attraction in '79, it cost $17M. So in basically, the ride system itself is relatively cheap - it's all the details that cost mega bucks.
Thu 1/24/2013 6:26p
I would be shocked if they replaced the entire track for that price. More likely, they're going through and fixing problem sections, but leaving parts of it that are okay.

And I thought I read somewhere that it was $11million, not $4? Or maybe I'm confusing it with something else.
Fri 1/25/2013 7:09a
I've no idea where the $4m came from - that isn't even close to the final budget including labor. $4m won't even cover the track replacement.
Fri 1/25/2013 7:22a
I'd say it is closer to $11 million. That seems to be the price SFMM pays for a new coaster.

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