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Thursday, 13 September 2012 16:50

The Refurb Before the Storm Photo Update

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It's not under refurb yet, but like Indy, Big Thunder Mountain is overdue for a long, lengthy refurb. It's not a question of if, but of when here.



Rumors point to Big Thunder being down for most of the 2013 off-season, which is very possible.
While the picture doesn't really show it, in person it's obvious how badly in need of freshening up the track is.



Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree has gone on all summer, and beginning 9/13 will be the Halloween Carnival.
While that's going on, we thought we'd take a look back at this latest attempt to liven up the old Festival of Fools arena area.



One of the reasons Jamboree never made it into an update was because of this - Big Thunder Ranch was almost never open.



Not sure how Disney expects people to liven up this area when it's almost always closed.
By the way, no mentions of Halloween Carnival (Jamboree with Halloween theme in this location) being open for Mickey's Halloween Party.
I wouldn't expect it to be given Disney's reluctance to staff this location, no matter who or what they advertise as being here.



Being in a hard-to-reach corner of the park is bad enough, but combine that with almost never being open, and, well, this is the result.



Moving the pin trading tables from Frontierland into here should have brought in the crowds but...



Jamboree was all about fun, games, and activities but let's just say the crowds were...light.



Plenty of coloring materials available!



Color us. Please color us.



Of course there's nothing more exciting for CMs than a complete lack of foot traffic.



Thought your shift would be busy didn't ya?



This is not to say the area itself was devoid of character...



They even brought out some old Country Bears characters.



When was the last time this guy was out in the parks?



Disney even moved Billy Hill and the Hillbillies out of the Golden Horseshoe and into here as a draw.



Well, can't say they didn't try...



It's not the packed house they're used to, but they put on a great show anyway.



"You guys know what's coming next, right?"



Rawr!




Again, Big Thunder Jamboree has been re-themed to Halloween Carnival for the duration of Halloween Time.
Let's hope crowds are a little bit bigger because, well, they can't be any lighter than that.


Up next we'll check out the refurbs going on in Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland.
Then, we'll close with our special "Scenes From Disneyland" section that you won't want to miss (but could skip right to right now if you wanted).
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