A recently filed Walt Disney World Resort permit indicates that fan-favorite Magic Kingdom ride, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, is set to undergo some type of construction or refurbishment in the near future.
The permit, which is valid through August 19, 2022 — one year from the date it was filed — is to “Provide labor, material and/or electrical for construction”.
Disney’s own construction company, Buena Vista Construction Company, is listed as the contractor.
Since the details on this permit are vague and could refer to anything from minor mechanical work to a major renovation, it is impossible to know if the Frontierland roller coaster will close during the construction process. At this time, Disney World has not confirmed an upcoming Big Thunder Mountain Railroad closure, however.
It is, though, worth noting that the Disneyland Resort version of the ride is set to close for refurbishment on September 7, and is expected to reopen to Guests sometime in the fall. The Walt Disney Company has not confirmed if Disney World’s ride is undergoing an identical refurbishment.
More on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Disney World officially describes Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as:
The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness
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!
How Scary Is it?
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a fast roller coaster-type attraction designed for kids and adults. However, some parts of this attraction are bumpy and, in some instances, take place in the dark.