When the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopened recently from its extended refurbishment many fans were perplexed. Despite the push for new interactive queues everywhere in the parks, the attraction didn’t add much of anything in the way of new or interesting entertainment to its long and often tediously slowing moving queue experience.
There were however, a number of inconspicuous boxes and crates that were, at best, poorly themed to match the rest of the queue that were seemingly hiding or obscuring attachment points for elements that were not yet active. Sings of planned future additions to the experience.
Well, now that time has come. Today Imagineering filed permits to begin installation of the show equipment and audio visual controls for the nextgen experience in the Big Thunder Mountain queue area. Expect to be pushing buttons, interacting, and generally not just standing passively in line as you wait for your train anymore. Work should commence in the next few weeks.