Popular Walt Disney World Attraction To Close Next Month For Refurbishment

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Nestled away in Frontierland at the Walt Disney World Resort, Big Thunder Mountain is one of Magic Kingdom’s most popular attractions. But, unfortunately, for some Guests visiting the parks in June, the Railroad will be closed for refurbishment.

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What’s happening with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?

Despite the fact that the attraction was constructed in the seventies, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is still the highlight of any Disney World trip. The fan-favorite coaster is featured in four of The Walt Disney Company’s theme park locations — Disneyland Park in California, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park in Paris.

According to The Walt Disney World website, the mine train style ride will be closed for a short refurbishment from June 7 to June 12. While the resort hasn’t stated what the refurbishment is for — due to it only being closed for a short time — we can expect nothing too major to happen. It is perhaps likely that the iconic Mountain is getting a touch-up as the Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary looms ever nearer.

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Guests have seen similar 50th-anniversary updates across the beloved park including a new paint job for Cinderella’s Castle. The new décor to celebrate the momentous occasion makes the icon of Magic Kingdom seem even more beautiful. It is unlikely that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will get anything in the way of a regal princess update, like the Castle though.

As we know, Walt Disney World rides stay close to their designated lands. Whether it’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the World Showcase at EPCOT, or the African savannah at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Imagineering plays a huge role in Disney’s concepts in order to keep Guests immersed in an unforgettable experience. Even Disney Springs features decorative enhancements that allow for seamless vacation experience.

The refurbishment could be anything from an engineering update to a fresh lick of paint, but as with most things involving the world-renowned resort, Disney Guests won’t know until Disney wants them to know.

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The history of “The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness!”

Conceived by Imagineer Tony Baxter, the Walt Disney World mine train ride was put on hold in the early seventies to make way for the production of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It was halted again when resources were pulled to help the construction of the other fan-favorite attraction, Space Mountain.

The ride officially opened in Disneyland in 1979. Walt Disney World followed a year later, opening their Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the theme park in November 1980. The coaster has gone on to cement itself as a huge part of the Magic Kingdom experience — and across the whole Disney resort — with wait times often soaring to some of the longest across Disney property. Interestingly, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad also has a scientific link — in 2016, a doctor found that the “Wildest Ride in the Wilderness” helped pass the kidney stones of one of his patients! See, not only is the Railroad fun, it’s also a medical marvel!

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If you’re unfamiliar with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, here is the official Walt Disney World description of the attraction:

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!

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