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  • Should They Rebuild Big Thunder After Space Mtn?

    Big Thunder is an older ride. Should they rebuild it like they did with Space Mountain?

    Your thoughts?

    Safety-wise, I think they probably should.

    What do you think?

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    Last edited by Pirate Wench; 04-27-2005, 09:19 PM.

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    • #3
      I don't know that they should, just because a ride gets older they don't necessairly have to rebuild it. I think that DL needs to keep its rollercoasters running for the time being .. it was just killer not have SM open on the busy summer days. Didn't they do a quick retrack of the Matterhorn? If so, they could probablly do that during the slow fall months. Safety wise, the accidents that the ride had were not related to the track, but to the trains themselves, so beyond refurbishing the trains I think the ride is fine.
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      • #4
        As long as it doesn't take 3+ years to complete....
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        • #5
          Please let us have all the rides open at once....no refurbs until after summer of 2005!
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          • #6
            I say they should leave it.

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            • #7
              For safety reasons, I think they should close all the freeways down, too many people die on them every day.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by CoasterMatt
                For safety reasons, I think they should close all the freeways down, too many people die on them every day.
                EXACTALLY! And, you know, since so many people die in their cars on the way to amusement parks, shouldn't we close the parks too?
                Originally posted by drunkmom
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                • #9
                  And, since so many people die of work related injuries, earning the cash to buy the car to get to the amusement parks, people really shouldn't hold a job.

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                  • #10
                    THey should only rebuild it if the track shows signs of wear that would require a replacement. I would assume that after the accident they looked at the whole thing very closely.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Whatever
                      THey should only rebuild it if the track shows signs of wear that would require a replacement. I would assume that after the accident they looked at the whole thing very closely.
                      I would hope so! Anyways, I am going to derail slightly and ask, Did They Retrack Matterhorn? It was getting rather ruff! As was Space Mountain before they retracked that.

                      On the subject of BTMRR I would think that they would want to wait untill it was necessairy to retrack, like due to stress fractures or just to improve guest experience. Also, does anybody know if they retracked the section where the train derailed? I would think that might do some damage. :monkey:
                      Originally posted by drunkmom
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                      • #12
                        I don't get what a rebuild would have to offer in way of effects, Space is all indoors and with it's theme yeah I can see all sorts of projection effects and props being added but I dunno about Big Thunder (not that they can't add more in the way of effects but I just don't see the need)
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CoasterMatt
                          For safety reasons, I think they should close all the freeways down, too many people die on them every day.
                          Hey, if they'd just build some Monorails and PeopleMovers, I'd say go for it!
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                          • #14
                            I think its just fine, after the recent accidents training and maintenance has improved and with a more aggressive leader at the helm there appears to be little of robbing funds from DL to "repair" :lol: DCA.
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                            • #15
                              As for BTMRR... I don't think it should go away any time soon, but if they do make good on the Frontierland expansion, I would not start a letter-writing campaign to save it either.

                              But I wouldn't want it to go away so we could have more Woody's Roundup. Now, Thunder Mesa... that would get the green light.

                              Whatever the case, I do think Disney will probably keep BTMRR no matter what. Rides have had incidents before and survived. If ridership was really being affected, I'm sure Disney wouold be the first to extinct it.
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                              • #16
                                Maybe Big Thunder has the same sort of problems Space Mtn has because it's an older ride. They didn't think that SM was fixable so they decided to replace it. I'm wondering if BTM could use a rebuild in light of the accidents.
                                I don't know, just thinking 'out loud'.
                                If they did rebuild it (I'm not talking about getting rid of the ride...) they could add a couple of new elements to keep things new and exciting.
                                I'd love to see the ride take one extra turn to go through one of the two tunnels across Big Thunder Trail, around by Cascade falls and back again. That would be neat. Why not? It's just sitting there.

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                                • #17
                                  Space opened in 1977........BTM in 1979..... :botox:

                                  If they do decide to rebuild I would hope they would go all out and build the multi-faceted Mesa Mountain(with Big Thunder and a Pirate type ride underneath it)
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                                  • #18
                                    My understanding that Space Mt. had two separate issues...

                                    1) track was getting old and needed some minor repairs.

                                    2) the 1970s technology was to build a web of small supports to attach the tracks to. Pictures of Space Mt shows this. The result was people that didn't listen to the "keep hands in car" could/did break fingers when they held their hands up.

                                    Cure was to rip out all the track and supports and totally rebuild with much more clearence.

                                    BTMRR has the clearence.... no need to replace.

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                                    • #19
                                      HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

                                      minor repairs?

                                      (insert more obnoxious laughter)

                                      The damned thing was shearing itself apart

                                      Clearance wasn't an issue for Space Mountain - it all LOOKS super close, especially with the lights on, but even WAAAAY back in them thar 1970s, engineers had such thing as a clearance envelope.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by CoasterMatt
                                        HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

                                        minor repairs?

                                        (insert more obnoxious laughter)

                                        The damned thing was shearing itself apart

                                        Clearance wasn't an issue for Space Mountain - it all LOOKS super close, especially with the lights on, but even WAAAAY back in them thar 1970s, engineers had such thing as a clearance envelope.
                                        I would hope so, I always put my hands up! But I didn't they have to widen some of the tunnels on Matterhorn so people couldn't break their fingers????
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