BREAKING: Disney Files Permit for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom

Another LENGTHY closure to a popular Disney World ride seems to be in the future of a popular ride at Magic Kingdom.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

It seems like we were just getting back to another version of normal with the upcoming opening day of Tiana’s Bayou Adventure after transforming the former Splash Mountain attraction into a new ride and news of a reopening date announced for Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now, it seems Disney World’s not ready to let up on the construction traction just yet, as they’ve just filed a permit to start work on ANOTHER major ride.

It seems like there’s a lot of work going on around Disney World’s rides and attractions, but they’re not ready to let up just yet. Disney has filed a permit for “general construction” at Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride that could kick off sooner than we think.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

While the permit doesn’t specify what will be worked on in this attraction during its construction, we can bet that it will be at least some type of refurbishment that could take a lengthy amount of time. Typically, when permits are filed we tend to see a year’s expiration date from the date of filing however, what’s interesting about this one is that it’s quite extended beyond the norm. The expiration date listed on the permit for this general construction is set to expire in August 2025.

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The contractor listed to perform the work is also familiar with Disney World construction and refurbishments in the past. Coastal Steel, Inc. has been named in the permit to complete the proposed work to the ride. If their name sounds familiar to you it might be because Disney has also entrusted them to perform the upcoming extensive refurbishment to Test Track which closes later this month.

Reimagining concept art ©Disney

This area of Magic Kingdom is no stranger to major construction though! We’re hot off the heels of the opening previews of Splash Mountain’s gigantic transformation into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure (the park’s newest ride) and a refurbishment to the Frontierland Train Station boarding and unloading stairs.

New steps to the Frontierland Train Station

Of course, it could be that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is truly due another big glow-up. While it’s had a few shorter refurbishments recently which resulted in stinted closures, it could be in need of major repair to ensure that it’s able to withstand the test of time against the natural elements.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Another point that’s interesting to note is that Disney has yet to announce the ride’s upcoming closure and no operating dates seem to have an end to them as it currently stands. We’re sure though that when Disney’s ready to make an announcement further on this closure, we’ll see that reflected in its operating dates.

We’ll be keeping a close watch over when you can expect Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to close for however long Disney World needs to complete its construction and refurbishment of the ride. In the meantime though, we’ll be sure to continue to update you on its status so you can make the best plans for your upcoming Disney World vacation. Stay tuned with us at Disney Food Blog for all the latest details!

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