New Queue at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!


Howdy Partner! The wildest ride in the West has been going through an extreme makeover at the Magic Kingdom. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is an attraction that is loved by many. It’s a classic. I know some fans were worried when they learned of the renovations that were taking place. A lot of Disney Fans don’t like change, and don’t want any of our classic attractions altered in any way. I get that way too at times. However, the new additions to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad do not really affect the actual ride, or track, it’s the queue while waiting in line.

Just as the Haunted Mansion had a renovation in their waiting area, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is getting the same type of thing. While waiting in line, guests will be involved in a type of story. It’s actually based on the backstory of Barnabas T. Bullion, founder and president of Big Thunder Mining Company. Disney wants to create an illusion of being an actual Miner, just like in the days of the Wild West. The story will take you through the Mining Office, the Explosives Magazine Room, and an oxygen area. They want you to feel like you’re actually seeing what it was like to be a miner back in the day. There’s also a really fun interactive area where guests can look into a viewer and actually see inside the mine. From the photos I’ve seen, it looks really nice.

I usually don’t like too many changes, I like things to stay the same for the most part at Disney. However, I think adding sights to see and interactive areas to attractions while waiting in line is a good thing. We don’t always have a fastpass, and even if we do, it doesn’t necessarily mean we will get on the ride right away. Distractions make time go by faster, and also creates memories for you and your family. It’s almost like an attraction inside an attraction, if that makes sense! Disney Imagineers are planning to take a look at other rides, to see where else they can update the waiting queue. It will be interesting to see where the next updates will be.

The new interactive queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be open in a few weeks. I’d love to hear what you think, if you get to see it when it opens. I do hope it makes waiting in line a bit more fun for everyone!


Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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