Disney to Start Construction Near Big Thunder Mountain

in Walt Disney World

Thunder Mountain

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Another day and another construction permit filed for a project at the Walt Disney World Resort. This time, the targeted location appears to be in or around the iconic attraction Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. 

According to Orange County, the “Notice of Commencement,” states that “General Construction” will be done at 4044550-4485 Caribbean Way, Bay Lake 11-24-27-0000-00-001 which appears to be the actual address of the Frontierland roller coaster.

Unfortunately, no other details are made available in the permit, so we do not know to what extent the construction will be implemented. But what we do know is that Big Thunder Mountain is not scheduled to close to refurbishment anytime in the next two weeks.

Speculation: What Kind of Construction?

Walt Disney World Railroad
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There is the possibility that the construction has more to do with the Walt Disney World Railroad than Big Thunder.

Having been closed for refurbishment for several months, we at Inside the Magic have reported that one of the most notable changes occurring to the Walt Disney World Railroad has been the removal and replacement of the track in some areas. This track sits extremely close to Big Thunder Mountain — actually crossing through the attraction — so it makes sense that any Railroad work in that area would be given that location.

However, this is all speculation at this time. We will update our readers as more concrete and official details on this construction project come to light.

The Walt Disney World website describes the Walt Disney World Railroad as the following:

Listen to the clamor of the engine, the chug of the wheels and the call of the whistle aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad.

Ride 1 of 4 meticulously restored, vintage narrow-gauge steam trains—originally built between 1916 and 1928—and enjoy a relaxing 20-minute, 1.5-mile scenic round-trip tour.

It’s a convenient—and nostalgic—way to get around Magic Kingdom park!!

Find a Station
You can board or disembark at any of 3 stations:

  • Near the entrance to the park on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • The Frontierland station
  • The Fantasyland station
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Related: When Will the Disney World Railroad Reopen? Signs Point to 2021

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