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During our visit to Disneyland Resort last week, we were lucky to be there when Big Thunder Mountain reopened after being closed for over a year for a major refurbishment. The refurbishment included new scenes and effects, new tracks, and new cars. The reopening has been highly anticipated as the date has been changed from October 2013, to rumors of February 2014 and then finally opening March 17, 2014.
We did not attempt to ride Big Thunder Mountain on opening day. We had already made a reservation for breakfast at Goofy’s Kitchen that morning, and knew by the time we arrived, the chance of fastpasses being available was slim.
We decided to ride it on Tuesday. We had our Magic Morning entry that day, and so, at a quarter to 9:00. I was inline waiting for the opening of Frontierland.
The line was long and I was a bit nervous. Luckily, most of the guests were heading straight for the line. Within a few minutes it was easy to tell that the wait time was pushing 90 minutes. I opted for the fastpass line. it took me only 15 minutes to get through the line, and I had a return time of 10 am. Only 45 minutes to wait.
The fastpass line when we returned moved super smooth. In fact, we arrived at 10 am sharp and were done with the ride by 10:17. WOW! They changed where the fastpass line and standby line merge a little.
As we got in the car for Big Thunder Mountain, the first thing I noticed was the padding on the seats. They were padded not only on the back, but also on the sides. NICE!
We also noticed as the cars pulled in they were smooth and quiet. The new track looked amazing so far.
We were in awe of the new editions, and while the track was super smooth, it still had a bit of jerkiness to it. That is meant in a good way. It had just enough to make it fun, but not so much that your back was cracking as you were thrown side to side in the car.
Funny story, I had big plans for a great video of this ride. Well, the day we went to ride Big Thunder Mountain, I realized that I had left the head mount for the camera at home. OOPS! I debated for a long time on just not doing a video. After all I was sure there were others out there. I decided to go ahead and make one for you.
Sorry that video was so rough, but I hope it got you pumped up for the ride. We loved the ride, and the changes they made were a huge improvement in my opinion.
Have you ridden the refurbished Big Thunder Mountain yet? Are you going to?