More Walt Disney World Resort Stories

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap Dec. 16, 2012

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

This week, we shared an important update from the Disneyland Resort. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will close January 7 for refurbishment, reopening in fall 2013. Erin shared a list of updates that’ll be made to the attraction.

  • New ride vehicles (but don’t worry – they’ll still look like the trains that you know and love!)
  • Track replacement (but the attraction will still follow its current course)
  • Repainting portions of the mountain itself (Walt Disney Imagineering has once again carefully studied Bryce Canyon for inspiration)

We’ll have more updates on the refurbishment throughout the year here on the Disney Parks Blog.

Download Our Disney Parks ‘Happy Holidays’ Wallpaper

And we shared a new Disney holiday wallpaper earlier in the week. Take a look at our latest desktop/smartphone wallpaper, created by Disney artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett.

Please read the terms of use prior to download.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

‘Monsieur Paul’ Restaurant Debuts December 11 Upstairs at Epcot France Pavilion – With new decor and a new menu, the Monsieur Paul Restaurant at France Pavilion in Epcot is sure to delight guests.

An Up-Close Look at the Disney Fantasy’s Holiday Décor – The Disney Fantasy is dressed to impress for its first holiday season at sea; take a look!

Y’All Come on Down to the Jingle Jangle Jamboree at Disneyland Park – Visit with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, tell Santa what you want for Christmas, decorate some delicious holiday cookies and more at the Jingle Jangle Jamboree in Disneyland park.

‘Disneyland Explorer’ App Now Available on iPhone and iPod Touch – The Happiest App on Earth now fits in your pocket with the “Disneyland Explorer” app, now available for iPhone and iPod Touch.

Photo Tour: Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Holidays – Our tour of Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays continues with a look inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney and the Rose Parade: A 75-Year Tradition Continues – As we prepare for the 124th Rose Parade on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif., take a look back at the 75-year tradition of Disney involvement with the Tournament of Roses.