Disneyland’s Big Thunder Closing for Rehab
Disneyland announced on Wednesday via the Disney Parks blog that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will close in early January of 2013 for a lengthy rehab. The coaster will reopen in the Fall of 2013.
The blog post announcing the coaster’s temporary closure read: “In the normal course of a Disney Parks attraction’s lifespan, there are periods of time when it is necessary to close for a major refurbishment. You may recall that this was the case last year with the Matterhorn Bobsleds, which now looks better than ever with its fresh snowfall. Up next at Disneyland park, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will close January 7 for refurbishment, reopening in fall 2013.”
Included in the rehab will be new ride vehicles, although they are expected to appear identical to the coaster’s current trains. Some portions of the track will also be replaced, but the coaster’s course will not be altered. Parts of the coaster’s iconic mountain will also receive a new coat of paint.
The last day to ride Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad before it closes for the rehab is January 6, 2013.