303.8 #887 (DL Qual #817

Aug 6, 2012 7:00 PM  Disneyland Talk Land
BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mt. will be closing for a major rehab this fall, and remain closed through most of 2013. The 33-year-old coaster will receive a similar treatment as the one Space Mt. got in ’03-’05, (without the extensive foundation work that Space Mt. needed). New track will be installed, the load/unload area will be widened for 21st century riders, and a new ride control system tops it all off. The queue will be prepped for NextGen additions, and unlike the recent WDW Thunder rehab Tony Baxter has returned to his first E Ticket to plus up the show and the aesthetics. Take your last ride on Big Thunder 1.0 in September.

Widened for the 21st century rider = another sign that we have gotten fat - aidensmama  340.3 #705 7:11PM
I'm not small, but I fit fine on BTMRR. Those new Matterhorn cars on the other hand are made for short people. - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 7:36PM
Scooter mike I consider myself short and I don't fit in the matterhorn cars very well, I'm not sure those cars were made for any sort of realistic people! - Pixarprincess  544.4 #375 8:01PM
Matterhorn bobsleds were made for IASW sized people! - Romec123aKaSmartyPants  751.8 #251 12:43AM
PC people... pleasantly plump.. lol - Goofdog  170.4 #2405 12:15PM
2013 - Big Thunder Rehab - Rumor - (5/10/12) According to one Screamscape source, salaried members of management at Disneyland were informed of the rumored plan to take Big Thunder Mountain down for an extensive rehab from January 2013 and reopen it in Summer 2013. Or at least that was the plan… have to wait and see if the timetable of work that needs to be done will agree or not. - ImAlwaysCrazy  674.5 #297 8:01PM
Please note the word "rumor". Don't believe everything that is said on Disney fan blogs, chat sites etc. unless Disney says it directly on their official blog. Rumors do get spread around quick. And it discourages people that are making their trip plans. Again IF this happens it won happen til jan 2013. So people would still have time to ride it this year. - ImAlwaysCrazy  674.5 #297 8:06PM
^this👍 - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 8:14PM
Yes, thank you for pointing this out, IAC. I'd hate to see someone cancel plans when these refurbs aren't 100% set in stone. - Spoonful_O_Sugar  613.1 #331 8:21PM
alsoo if they were planning on closing it in september i would think they would give more than a months notice. and i have not seen anything from the official website or official blog yet. but we will see what happens. all i can say is to keep an eye on the official blog for this info and not peoples blogs annd chat sites. - ImAlwaysCrazy  674.5 #297 12:06PM
Well this is total poo! What am I going to do with my life?! - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #233 7:27PM
😂 I'm sure we'll all manage somehow! - Spoonful_O_Sugar  613.1 #331 7:32PM
Once again I run to my room crying like a Toddler and throw myself on my bed to cry myself to sleep. :( - TrueFromOzLovesDisney  531.4 #391 8:33PM
When in sept. Is it closing? Last I heard it was not closing until January. - Chrisc  12.1 #9792 7:04PM
Idk end of sept I want to say - roaddog66_USAF  303.8 #887 7:06PM
I hope they don't change too much where its not a favorite anymore. and all the stagnate water needs to be fixed :) - SammyJo  348.7 #681 7:05PM
What is your source? - Armenda  1159.7 #152 7:05PM
Mice chat - roaddog66_USAF  303.8 #887 7:07PM
😢 - missgoofy  371.6 #615 7:06PM
So alice in wonderland,indiana jones and big thunder out in sept and space mtn and haunted close in sept for halloween overlay.. - pikarich  5227.7 #22 7:06PM
Ugh! We will be there the last week in September, I hope we get to ride on it at least once. - amesluvsDL  3.8 #25599 7:06PM
Oh :( thats my daughter's all time favorite ride in DL..do you by anychance know when in 2013 it'll open?? - LovelyTiggerGirl  273.1 #1138 7:10PM
Check on micechat.com for news about BTM - roaddog66_USAF  303.8 #887 7:16PM
Noooooooo!!! I come back in January and this is one of my favorites :( - KylaShea  632.7 #319 7:11PM
That's a bummer its one of our favorite rides - RobinandSteve  249.3 #1359 7:14PM
Am I old if I remember when it originally opened? - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 7:17PM
Yes. Just kidding! 😄That is really cool! 😃 - Vegan7LuvsStitch  1026.3 #178 7:18PM
I hope they change the lap bars. Its scary going on it with someone taller then me i had lots of rook and hang on for life. Hope they keep the seat comfy though. - bellerie  22.2 #6958 7:21PM
I have the same problem. I feel like im gona fly out - chipanddalefan  733.4 #264 7:31PM
I'm always worried about my son flying off this ride. I put my arm around him every time. - aidensmama  340.3 #705 7:33PM
^^^I do the same thing with mine. - Lelundrial  656.3 #304 8:26PM
Thanks for the update! Great info. - DisneyVacationLover  505.0 #423 7:32PM
first Indy now this? :( - Bo22  394.2 #571 7:35PM
I remember as a child, I would ride the "runaway train" during the fireworks. Absolutely magical. I hope and expect the new version to be even better. - joxua  98.2 #3624 7:45PM
Meh - CourtyAstroBlisters  784.0 #236 7:46PM
I wonder if the refurb includes any chance of the train going backwards for Halloween time. - SorcererD91  2897.4 #45 7:58PM
No, but there will be loops and mermaids - ScooterMike  1963.0 #83 7:59PM
Loops and mermaids LOL.. sweet! (On a serious note though, sirens on Pirates peaking out of the water right when the ride starts would be awesome.. that's another thread..) - DaisyDork  198.7 #2007 8:04PM
Oh boy, first Indiana Jones and now Big Thunder Mountain?!! - Goofy24  174.0 #2336 8:03PM
They are measuring the vechicle to be widen?sound familiar from materhorn? - pikarich  5227.7 #22 8:06PM
I dont think so-- this post says the load/unload area will be widened. - Spoonful_O_Sugar  613.1 #331 8:09PM
I took it mean only the loading area is going to be widened not the vehicles themselves. - aidensmama  340.3 #705 8:11PM
Churro stand halfway thru the ride?! - A_kid_again  8.5 #12276 8:16PM
My favorite ride, I'm soooooo gonna miss not riding it - MarshaMouse  5036.0 #25 9:03PM
😢... 😪 okay. I'll have to get over it. - gigibunny2  242.8 #1448 9:12PM
This means that I have to ride it 5 times every visit until it's closed! Oh and must video record it before its changed and have tons of laughs while a it!! - gigibunny2  242.8 #1448 9:14PM
They better not do anything with the goat! - CaliCanuck  534.4 #389 9:14PM
Just heard some CMs talking about it. They said Indy and this refurb will be almost back to back. But they're unsure about how long the refurb will be - BaseballMickey_CM  7560.9 #11 11:49PM
😭😭😭 - Jillian  767.1 #244 11:51PM
Don't cry..rumors was a great album 😉 - HollyGolightlyPrincess  403.8 #558 11:57PM
Lol Holly!!! - SassyKittyMeow  448.2 #492 12:38AM
I hope they put leg sockets on this one too😖 - ScubaSteve028  835.7 #220 11:56PM
Just sit criss cross applesauce, you'll be fine! 😊 - AshleyLynn22  791.2 #233 12:07AM

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