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Old 01-05-2013, 02:56 PM   #1
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With the Mine Train coming...Could Big Thunder Mountain's days be numbered?

I recently watched the simulated ride along on the Mine Train and it looks similar to BTM. I'm sure the finished product will produce an entirely different ride experience but I can't help but come back to the fact that essentially there will be two mine/train coasters in MK. Does anyone else think Mine Train will ultimately lead to the demise of BTM?
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Old 01-05-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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I think if Disney thought that they wouldn't be going through the refurb on BTMR's queue. Granted I thought "2 mine trains?" but I'm hoping between the themeing and the ride vehicles they're be different enough.
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I doubt it. Similar, but still very different themes. If they wanted to differentiate them further, they could do some re-theming to BTM, and make it more Southwest/Grand Canyon/Painted Desert themed.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:30 PM   #4
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While BTMRR is no major coaster isn't the new Dwarves coaster just an off the shelf repeat of Barnstormer?
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:11 AM   #5
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While BTMRR is no major coaster isn't the new Dwarves coaster just an off the shelf repeat of Barnstormer?

I don't think of it like that, I have never been on a coaster with those swinging cars. From the way it looked to me, at the D23 convention, when you go around a turn, the cars swing out to the side, so you are sort of sideways around the turn, but you swing out, I saw the car but can't remember the exact mechanism.

Of course, it is not meant to be a major E ticket thrill ride. The theming will be the key for it to stand out.
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I don't think of it like that, I have never been on a coaster with those swinging cars. From the way it looked to me, at the D23 convention, when you go around a turn, the cars swing out to the side, so you are sort of sideways around the turn, but you swing out, I saw the car but can't remember the exact mechanism.

Of course, it is not meant to be a major E ticket thrill ride. The theming will be the key for it to stand out.
Thanks. That makes me feel a little better about it.
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While BTMRR is no major coaster isn't the new Dwarves coaster just an off the shelf repeat of Barnstormer?
From what I've heard, the track will be longer than the barnstormer.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:52 PM   #8
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From what I've heard, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be a slight step down from BTMRR. Imagine lots of speed and tight turns, but no (not even in the slightest way) drops.

And I don't think BTMRR will be going anywhere, particularly after they put all that work into it last year and they're working on the new queue. Apparently, they could even be a tv show about the attraction in the works. Doesn't sound like an attraction with numbered days to me.
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From what I've heard, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be a slight step down from BTMRR. Imagine lots of speed and tight turns, but no (not even in the slightest way) drops.

And I don't think BTMRR will be going anywhere, particularly after they put all that work into it last year and they're working on the new queue. Apparently, they could even be a tv show about the attraction in the works. Doesn't sound like an attraction with numbered days to me.
Good point about the Tv show, I heard something about that as well
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:57 PM   #10
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Disney doesn't have that many coasters to begin with - closing a headliner ride that is enormously popular would not be met with the kindest of criticisms.
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I hope not - BTMRR is my favorite ride!
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BTMRR is one of the headline acts still. It draws crowds all day long. It has comparatively few ongoing costs. It is very recognisable. The cost of tearing it down and replacing it with something different in that space which would be as popular would be huge.

For all those reasons and more, the answer is no.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:25 AM   #14
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If I remember correctly, the new Mine coaster is supposed to have some kind of swinging cars...very different from BTMRR.
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:18 PM   #15
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My hope is they go for theme over thrill on Mine Train. On the other hand, I'd also like to see a thrill ride in MK.
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