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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby The SETGO Guys » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:23 pm

timfreeman wrote:Big Thunder Refurb?

I just noticed it's scheduled to be down for almost 6 months starting in January. Did a search and couldn't find anything here. Anyone know what the plans are? I wouldn't think normal maintenance would be that long.



They had been doing some re-tracking on Big Thunder Recently. It might just be for them to finish that up. I've heard a rumor that they might add interactive elements to the queue at that time. I think it will be great for Big Thunder to get a little TLC, a lot of the effects aren't working correctly.

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Postby coasterfreak101 » Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:23 pm

According to the Disney rehab schedule, BTMRR is going down on Monday, January 8th and is scheduled to be down through March, IIRC. But Lance from ScreamScape mentioned that he heard it wouldn't be back open until near the end of May. But it's definitely headed into rehab on the 8th - and I've definitely pushed my trip up a week so I don't miss it!
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Postby gisco » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:26 am

That would be cool if they are going to do some interactive elements in the queue. They did it for Pooh and they did it for Haunted Mansion so it seems to be the thing to do lately. Always nice to have new things to do or see when you are waiting in line.

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Postby Moose » Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:10 am

It's an interesting counterpoint to the fastpass system. Are Disney slowly going to move away from fastpasses or is this to make those in a standby line feel less like second class guests?
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Postby coasterfreak101 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 12:29 pm

^I imagine it's more the second option. I can't ever see Disney moving away from the Fastpass system, but I can certainly see them giving guests extra entertainment while they're waiting in the hour-long line - especially for the kids, who are getting bored and antsy waiting for the ride. For example, from the underground control booth, they watch lines to see if they're getting long and can send a character or two their way to keep people happy while they wait. This is just a more permanent version of that, I think!
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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby SeaWhippet » Sat Oct 22, 2011 1:24 pm

I'm curious if anyone has still shots or video of trains on BTMRR being moved from the main line onto the spur that leads across the tracks of the Walt Disney World Railroad to the ride' s maintenance shed ? On a recent trip to WDW, I noticed the switch and chain lift employed to bring BTMRR trains back up and over the tracks.

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BTMRR's 'other' lift. The far turn leads to the maintenance shed
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Postby gisco » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:28 pm

That is cool, I never knew that is what they did with the BTMRR trains. I'm going to have to look for that the next time I'm there.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby SeaWhippet » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:57 am

gisco wrote:That is cool, I never knew that is what they did with the BTMRR trains. I'm going to have to look for that the next time I'm there.


Neither did I, and I've been visiting WDW my entire life. I'm hoping a BTMRR cast member will chime in here . I'd love to see the transfer operation on video.

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

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Re: Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread

Postby BeemerBoy » Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:48 am

OH HELL YES.
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