Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to Temporarily Close Again at Disney World

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One of the distinct challenges that come with operating a theme park is the constant need for refurbishments and updates.

It takes a special amount of effort and planning to keep the magic running at Walt Disney World and that sometimes means that attractions have to close temporarily for refurbishments and updates.

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Disney World confirmed that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, located in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom, will close for a brief refurbishment in 2022. The attraction just recently underwent refurbishment this past fall.

The beloved rollercoaster will close on Monday, February 14, but it is expected to reopen later that week on Saturday, February 18.

Big Thunder Mountain set to close
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Disney Parks describes the ride like this:

It’s 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.
Big Thunder Mountain at night
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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s neighboring attraction Splash Mountain is also set for a brief closing for refurbishment in early 2022.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
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The water ride will close on January 10, 2022 and is expected to reopen a month later on February 11, 2022, so the two attractions will not be closed at the same time.

Where does Big Thunder Mountain Railroad rank in terms of attractions at Magic Kingdom for you?

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