The ride was inaugurated in front of guests and attraction employees, as well as Daniel Delcourt, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.
“We’ve undertaken a massive overhaul of the attraction to create a new show for our guests for our 25th anniversary. In particular, we’ve added new light and sound effects, steam and simulated explosions with the aim of immersing guests even more deeply in the experience.” — Björn Heerwagen, Senior Manager Production Ride & Show
The refurbishment was also an opportunity for the Disneyland Paris teams to restore a large number of authentic props and scenery items on the mountain, as well as in the queue line and boarding station; these unique pieces were hunted down in bric-a-brac sales and ghost towns in the US. The wood has also been replaced at various places in the attraction.
“A large part of the renovation work was on the tracks, rails, cars and the mountain itself. We wanted to make this unique scenery shine!” — Beth Clapperton, Artistic Director.
The reopening of Big Thunder Mountain represents another step in the Disneyland Paris programme to improve the guest experience, with the scheduled refurbishment and improvement of nine attractions and shows by 2017.