Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Closing for Refurbishment in January 2024

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Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is slated for refurbishment early in 2024

If you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World in early 2024, you may need to adjust your Magic Kingdom itinerary. The popular rollercoaster Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is slated to close for refurbishment.

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Disney World is a year-round vacation destination. Since the parks do not close for an ‘off-season,’ rides must be periodically taken offline for routine maintenance while the parks are open. Refurbishments are done regularly to not only provide needed repairs to the rides, but also to repair animatronics, touch up paint, and ensure the ride effects are operating in tip-top shape.

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Big Thunder Mountain is reportedly slated to close for refurbishment starting on January 16, 2024, and ending on January 20, 2024. Note this closure is not currently noted on the daily park calendar, so we will need to keep an eye out to see if the refurbishment is delayed. If the ride dose close for refurbishment in January (which it generally does), keep in mind the refurbishments can take longer than originally estimated so the ride may not open back up on the 21st.


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