A Second Disney “Mountain” Will Close in January

Big Thunder Mountain Disney World

It appears that two of Walt Disney World Resort’s mountain trifecta will be closing at the start of 2023. First, it was Splash Mountain, closing on January 23, 2023, and now it is also Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Big thunder Mountain Railroad, Magic Kingdom Park

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Related: Clip: Lightning, Thunder at Big Thunder Mountain

But unlike its log-flume counterpart, Big Thunder Mountain is not going away forever.

According to the Disney World website, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed for refurbishment starting on Monday, January 8, 2023, and it will reopen again on Friday, January 14.

This closure is most likely due to routine maintenance due after the crowded holiday season and does not suggest any extensive changes will be done to “The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness.”

With Splash Mountain Closed, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad takes center stage as Frontierland’s marquee attraction until Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens in late 2024.

Concept art Tiana Attraction

Concept art for the Princess and the Frog ride about Princess Tiana, which is called Tiana’s Bayou Adventure. Credit: Disney

More on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Opening first in Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort is home to the second variant of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. This attraction can also be found at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris (where it is said to be the best of the four). Disney World describes the mine train roller coaster on its website as the following:

The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness

Legend has it that soon after gold was first discovered here in the 1850s, eerie things began to happen. Trains would take off and race through tunnels—by themselves.

After you arrive at the legendary Big Thunder Mining Company, descend into an abandoned mine shaft and board your train. As you enter the cursed cavern, the engine speeds up along the rickety track. Dodge exploding dynamite and falling boulders as you swoop around turns, drop into canyons and dart through the mysterious ghost town of Tumbleweed.

Your rip-roaring adventure proves that some legends are true. You’re sure to have a real blast!


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We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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