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Hello, and welcome to this new Magic Kingdom general update. This photo-report will almost completely focus on the major work currently being done on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, but you will also be able to see some of the work being done in the surrounding area. Let's take a look:


The ride will certainly look incredible when it will reopen in May:



Many rumors indicate that the entire queue of the rid will be completely re-themed (and enclosed), to look like guests are already inside a mine. We can't wait to see it!:






The entire lower part of the mountain has been almost completely repainted:



I would personally love to see the Imagineers completely redoing the taller part of the mountain, to resemble Disneyland Paris' Big Thunder Mountain:







More photos of the area:





We apologize for the fog that is seen in these photos, but the Riverboat was really making a lot of smoke:







Scaffolding all over the place:















The small building in the back of the mountain is currently receiving new shingles:




A closer look:







Working on the track:



That's some serious work!:


That looks like a home-made train mock up:






Some photos taken from the Walt Disney World Railroad:









And now, let's take a look at some more miscellaneous news.

First of all, some areas of the Liberty Belle Riverboat have been repainted:




Also, some minor work is being done around Frontierland:

 

Tarps are still up in this section of the land:



Work on the bridge near Splash Mountain was recently completed:


The major repaving work that was being done in both Frontierland and Liberty Square seems to have been completed. Here you are some photos (when work was still being done):








This should be all, for now. See you later, with more news and updates from the parks.

13 Comment(s):

Anonymous said...

Are they ever gone na be done with Pecos Bills. How long does it take. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

The "Homemade Coaster Car" on Big Thunder is for testing clearances.

You make a cut out that represents the extended arm length of the 95th percentile male.

Send it around the track to make sure show elements won't interferer with the people.

Anonymous said...

Quality work takes time. I'm glad they're taking the time to keep things in good shape. Isn't Pecos Bill's still open while the work is going on?

Anonymous said...

I kind of agree with the first anonymous; Pecos Bill's has seen a parade of seemingly never-ending exterior renovations since it reopened after it's big upgrade in 1998.

Jason said...

A couple of comments...

1) I hope I'm not in the top 5th percentile on Thunder Mountain! I guess I need to keep my arms in!.

2) Pecos Bills has not seen constant renovations since 1998. It has been every couple of years, but only for a short time each time. Let's hope that this major renovation will be the last one for a while. Remember, all this work is to have Magic Kindgom be completely open with no renovations once the Fantasyland Expansion is complete.

3) I don't think they can make Thunder Mountain taller because it would be visible from Fantasyland and Tomorrowland, which would ruin the theming.

JD said...

" rumors indicate that the entire queue of the rid will be completely re-themed (and enclosed), to look like guests are already inside a mine".

I certainly hope this is not true. The queue is already too hot and crowded as it is. If it was enclosed completely, it would be very claustrophobic. Great ride, horrible queue.

simmy25 said...

@JD

"The queue is already too hot and crowded as it is."

Well, if they decide to enclose it, it will probbaly have air conditioning

Anonymous said...

I hope the day comes in the near future where 99% of MK is tarp free again. I remember the good old days when there were no tarps - they did a lot of their re-habbing at night. This tarp business seems to be a recurring theme in the last 2-3 years...

Thanks for shaing these amazing updaes with us.

Anonymous said...

I cannot see most of these photos as they say: This image exceeds bandwidth with too many views.

Anonymous said...

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Frank said...

im glad there repaving because the last time i went to Frontierland the pavement was very shabby, we were surpise because Disney always keeps things up to date

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