PHOTOS: New Pavement Debuts for Mystery “Miner’s Cove” Project at the Magic Kingdom

Big Thunder Mountain in the background from the dock's near River's of America
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If you’re a fan of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom, then you might be familiar with Miner’s Cove, located near the exit of the attraction. This area was a smoking area in the back of Frontierland, located along the Rivers of America. Recently, we discovered the area tarped and closed off. On our most recent visit, we can now see the area has received fresh, new pavement.

Miner's Cove with walls in Frontierland

New pavement and stone outline in Frontierland

The area is still closed off, but the tarps are gone and the bright pavement is visible now. It looks pretty good. We saw the stones around the perimeter of this newly paved on our recent visits, but now it’s looking closer to completion.

Big Thunder Mountain in the background from the dock's near River's of America

bright colored pavement

The area between the pavement and the dock are still covered, so the work isn’t finished yet, but you can still go down by the water and sit in the rocking chairs. This is a very nice spot to hang out if you’re not interested in taking the wildest ride in the wilderness.

new pavement in frontierland near the exit

Tarps over the newly done Miner's Cove in Frontierland

The shape of the area looks like it might be intended for stroller and wheelchair parking, but we will see. This would be great as it would remove the mess and clutter from outside of the attractions.

Like we said, this is a great view and a very secluded spot to sit and get away from the crowds. The pavement certainly needed to be redone from all of the damage caused by cigarette butts over the years.

Frontierland Pavement

This cute little area near the exit of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad almost seems forgotten. Now that this area is smoke-free and being refurbished, let’s hope they add the benches back and encourage people to enjoy the beautiful Frontierland pier.

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CiggyLover
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CiggyLover

I’m sure the cigarette butts did SOOOOOOOO much damage to that DELICATE CONCRETE. Can’t wait to illegally smash a few butts down against that fresh pavement this summer :)

Matt
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Matt

wow….pretty hostile. I’d venture to say that the cigarettes did more damage to your lungs than the concrete, but it was pretty discolored and in need of cleaning and replacement.

Josh
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Josh

I think you have issues…

… and I don’t mean lunch cancer

Darrin
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Darrin

I don’t smoke, but found great humor in this. Smash one for me!!! LOL I am thinking it’s probably an outdoor stand for drinks…

Phillip Ratter
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Phillip Ratter

Stroller parking maybe, but I was thinking it could also be a Meet and Greet location. Not sure how far the character would end up walking, but its secluded, semi quiet, has a long area to line up at, and would be perfect for parents with little ones who can’t ride either Mountain because of height restrictions or they are scared. Would be a fun way to occupy some time waiting for siblings.

But it’s probably Stroller Parking.

Drnigelc
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Drnigelc

Jeez. Cigarette butt damage?? Puh-leeze.

Carson
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Carson

Cigarette butts damaged the concrete?? Haha!! Idiotic.