The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster in Frontierland at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is one of the theme park’s most iconic rides.
Late last week, Disney filed two permits for updates to be made to the popular ride. The first permit, filed September 11, is to “provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction.”
The second permit, filed a day earlier on September 10, is also for “labor, material and/or electrical for construction.”
Both Walt Disney World construction permits list Buena Vista Construction Company as the preparer and use the address 4485 Caribbean Way as the site address.
It is not known at this time what specific work is being done on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. Disney has not announced major updates or re-theming for the attraction, so it is likely that these will be standard updates done to keep the roller coaster in good working order. We’ll update our website should the attraction close for refurbishment at any time.
Disney has also not confirmed whether or not these construction permits signal a temporary closure of the Big Thunder Mountain coaster. However, given the improvements made to BTMRR at Disneyland a few years back, many frequent Disney World Guests have been wondering when the Magic Kingdom attraction would be getting a similar treatment.
With the tagline, “The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness,” Big Thunder Mountain Railroad features this official description on the Walt Disney World website:
Legend has it that soon after gold was first discovered here in the 1850s, eerie things began to happen. Trains would take off and race through tunnels—by themselves.
After you arrive at the legendary Big Thunder Mining Company, descend into an abandoned mine shaft and board your train. As you enter the cursed cavern, the engine speeds up along the rickety track. Dodge exploding dynamite and falling boulders as you swoop around turns, drop into canyons and dart through the mysterious ghost town of Tumbleweed.
Your rip-roaring adventure proves that some legends are true. You’re sure to have a real blast!
Frontierland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad can be round at Disney Parks around the world, including Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disney Resort. How many versions of this Disney roller coaster have you ridden?