So maybe The Rock was right after all. Things are gearing up at the Magic Kingdom for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary on October 1st, 2021, and it seems Cinderella Castle pathways and Tomorrowland aren’t the only things getting some much-needed updates and TLC. Over in Adventureland and Frontierland, refurbishments will be taking place as well…
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will begin a large-scale refurbishment next year, likely completed by the Summer of 2020.
You’ll recall that the last time this ride saw any major changes was back in 2013 for the installation of the updated, interactive queue. Despite that, BTMR’s queue is still one of the hottest and most tortuous experiences in Walt Disney World.
Well, this refurb should finally bring the explosive finale sequence that was installed at the attraction in 2014 at Disneyland and in 2016 over in Disneyland Paris. In the sequence, projection mapping effects show dynamite exploding throughout the cavern, leading to one massive fog filled explosion as you head into the final drop. You can check out the effect in the video below:
We’ve seen this addition go on and off the refurbishment schedule for years now, but it appears it is finally happening.
The Jungle Cruise will also be undergoing a fairly large refurbishment before the start of the 50th Anniversary.
While The Rock has hinted at movie tie-ins for the attraction with the upcoming release of the Jungle Cruise movie in 2020, Disney has prematurely shot that idea down, and it’s still unclear whether that is to come to fruition. In any case, the attraction will definitely be seeing some improvements and general updates for the 50th Anniversary, and the refurb just so happens to be the same year as the release of the film.
No exact start or end dates have been announced for either refurbishment as of yet.
Are you looking forward to any of these updates and changes for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary? Let us know in the comments below!
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