Disney Closes Iconic Roller Coaster at Magic Kingdom

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One of the legendary Disney World mountains is closed.

The new Magic Kingdom Central Plaza area between Main Street, U.S.A. and Cinderella Castle is now open to guests. The new landscaping is the first milestone of a multi-phase project that features sculpted gardens, charming fountains and winding pathways. This area is designed to be reminiscent of castle gardens and offers extraordinary viewing locations for parades and fireworks. Magic Kingdom is located at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
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Though Disney’s collection of iconic roller coasters is admittedly hard to beat, one stands above the rest in terms of thrills and chills that are fun for the whole family. Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a wildly-good time, as it is even self-described as “the wildest ride in the wilderness.”

Found in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom, Guests have come to view Big Thunder Mountain Railroad as an essential piece of the Walt Disney World experience. The attraction whips and drops Guests as they traverse through the convincing and rough Frontierland aesthetic. The ride can be found in Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park in Paris.

Unfortunately, this ride is now closed at Magic Kingdom.

Guests riding on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland
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However, this closure will last just a few days, with the attraction returning to Magic Kingdom on January 14.

With such a short timeframe for the closure, we don’t expect much to be done. Disney is most likely doing a few small “housekeeping” things on the attraction to ensure it’s working properly. January is a big month for the Resort, with Splash Mountain closing in just a few short weeks.

This closure is a little different, though, with the ride closing for a complete overhaul and retheme.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom

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!

What’s your favorite ride at Walt Disney World?

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