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+---Topic: Big Thunder Mountain started by andymattmom

Posted by: andymattmom on July 30, 2003 10:16 am/pm

Big Thunder is now officially listed on the Disney site as undergoing refurbishment August 25th-November 21st. UPDATE: August 24, 2003 - November 25, 2003. We are disappointed that it will be closed during our visit...but there are plenty of other rides to go on!
Posted by: disneyn on July 31, 2003 8:05 am/pm

Like you andymattmom, I will be disappointed but not dis-stressed over Big Thunder Mountain rehab when I am there in Sept.  It was the first ride my son and I went on in 1985 for our first trip to The World.  He is now as hooked as I  and is staying at The Hard Rock Hotel this week.  At least this year he will not miss it.  Thanks for the update.  Disneyn   :minnie:
Posted by: RichKoster on July 31, 2003 11:16 am/pm

So it will still be closed when we're there on our October trip (unless somehow the rehab goes much quicker than planned, which I doubt). Must be a very big refurbishment for it to be down for so long.

My wife and I enjoyed it a lot, with very short lines, when we were there in June. My son didn't want to ride it, no way, too scary.

When I told Carol the bad news about BTM being closed for our next trip she was sad (but we'll all get over it, knowing it will be back for the trip we take after this one). When I told Michael the "bad news" and reminded him how Carol and I had tried to convince him to give BTM a try because he likes Goofy's Barnstormer and even went on Splash Mountain twice with no problems. Michael's response to BTM's rehab during our next trip was "Wa-hooo!" with a big smile.

Seems he sees BTM's rehab as a relief, knowing there's no way he'll have to ride it in October.

Posted by: swall918 on July 31, 2003 1:20 am/pm


BooHoo from my daughter. Two years ago she missed the height requirement. Now she was soooo looking forward to all the "BIG" rides during our November vacation ( 2-8 ); just missing the re-opening.

Space and Splash Mountains will now be on the top of the list.

Maybe next year!

Posted by: BrerRabbit on July 31, 2003 10:55 am/pm

I'm sorry for all of you who have upcoming trips to WDW while big thunder is undergoing refurbishment.  Luckily it looks like we will arive for our next trip not long after it reopens (Nov. 26 - Dec. 5)  :tounge:   Big Thunder is one of my families favorite rides.
Posted by: RichKoster on July 31, 2003 10:59 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Mallissa!

Now, don't be so smug...

...what if they run into unexpected problems with the rehab? Huh? Huh?

Posted by: BrerRabbit on July 31, 2003 11:20 am/pm

Wasnt trying to be smug...just very excited that it is scheduled to be open during our trip.   ;)  

In the event it is not open during our next stay, I will be disappointed  :(  but with so much to do I know we will be able to replace it with another ride, maybe extra rides on space mountain to get our thrill ride fix.

Posted by: utilidor27 on Aug. 01, 2003 11:24 am/pm

I feel terrible about BTM, I was looking forward to riding it in Sept., and now that I found out about the Swiss Family Treehouse, I have one less attraction for my two  year old. But there is still lots to see and do, and I am REALLY looking forward to seeing his face when they do spectro. and the fireworks. I am planning on watching those eyes of his just bug out at all the neat stuff! :o
Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 06, 2003 11:49 am/pm

Work that will be done on the attraction included general maintenance of the ride system and repainting of the mountain itself.
Posted by: RichKoster on Aug. 30, 2003 5:16 am/pm

Disney now shows the rehab date as having changed slightly: August 24, 2003 - November 22, 2003 for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at WDW's Magic Kingdom.

UPDATE: Because of the fatal accident at Disneyland's version, WDW's BTMRR might need more renovation than planned, which could make the reopening date later.

Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 23, 2003 10:53 am/pm

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at WDW's Magic Kingdom may not reopen at the end of its current rehab of August 25th - Novebmer 22nd if the investigation into the Disneyland accident has not been completed by that time.
Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 22, 2003 11:19 am/pm

Word has come from some WDW insiders that the MK's Big Thunder Mountain will not reopen on time, but will hopefully be open sometime next week, before the Thanksgiving rush begins.
Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 25, 2003 2:19 am/pm

Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!

Well, the word that it would take longer than expected for the Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction at WDW to come out of refurbishment was true.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was scheduled to be reopened Sunday, November 23, 2003: following its August 24 - November 22, 2003 refurbishment but they needed an additional week for it. It will now reopen on Wednesday, November 26th.

Posted by: RichKoster on Nov. 27, 2003 12:07 am/pm

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad did indeed reopen yesterday at WDW's Magic Kingdom but remains closed at Disneyland where the fatal accident occurred.

Click here for news about the cause of that accident.

Included in a news report, a Disney spokeperson says a decorative wheel, not necessary for operation, was removed from all of the Big Thunder Mountain attractions at all four Disney theme parks worldwide. That's the first I've heard about that.


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