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Fire in the hole! Rumors around Big Thunder Mountain updates have been sparking the attention of Disneyphiles for a few years. It’s had everyone wondering how much fuse is left to burn before they hear about the Big Thunder Mountain updates. No better time than the present to check-in. Let’s lace-up our work boots and head into the most famous mine at Walt Disney World!

The Back Story

Over the years, there have been a variety of Big Thunder Mountain updates circling around the Disney community. From major changes like a Lone Ranger update to Disney Studios creating a TV show centered around the famed attraction. We have seen smaller adjusts come to life in the form of the interactive queue which was added in March of 2013.

Passholder Insights: One of our favorite Magic Kingdom Rope Drop Strategies is to head to for Big Thunder Mountain. Usually, we can get in multiple rides at the park opening.

It’s Back!

What’s back, Nate? The rumor of all rumors when we’re talking about Big Thunder Mountain updates. Back in the spring of 2014 Disneyland revealed it’s major update to the famous mountain. The year-long project centered around replacing the majority of the track, but the piece that got all the attention was the update to the third lift hill.

Themed around a mine on the brink of clasping, the third lift hill on Big Thunder Mountain got a little Disney magic. Disney Imagineering added special effects to the Disneyland version of the attraction, which included burning fuses on the walls, smoke, and a final “explosion” as you dropped.

Ever since Disneyland’s Big Thunder received the new effect, speculation around when Walt Disney World would see the same Big Thunder Mountain updates start to spark interest.

Passholder Insights: One of our favorite spots to watch the 2 pm (no longer 3 pm) parade is in Frontierland.

Lighting The Fuse

All it takes is a spark! What sparked the return of this rumors is the announcement of the upcoming Big Thunder Mountain refurbishment. On May 4, 2020, the attraction will close down until May 21, 2020, as part of a planned refurbishment. Could we finally see the third lift updated?

According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, Walt Disney World has plans for 50 new things for the 50th Anniversary of the park. Some of the things are major items like Tron Lightcycle Power Run and Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind. Others will be smaller. One of the updates is supposed to be the Big Thunder Mountain updates to the third lift hill.

Passholder Insights: For a more intense ride, we recommend sitting in the back on Big Thunder Mountain.

Our Thoughts

We’re crossing our fingers! After experiencing the new effects at Disneyland, we would love to see the additions come to Walt Disney World. Based on the timing of the refurbishment, it is very feasible that the Big Thunder Mountain updates could happen during the two and half week closure. The year-long downtime of the attraction at Disneyland was for the track replacement, not the addition of the effects. Well, we better get out of this mine before the fuse runs out!