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Interactive elements coming to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Despite a recent refurbishment, Big Thunder Mountain saw no real change. Many were expecting that there would be some interactive elements added to the queue area, much like Disney did with The Haunted Mansion. However that's about to change...

Magic Kingdom removes Splash Mountain from Extra Magic Hours - replaced with the Tiki Rooms

Disney have made some changes to the Extra Magic Hours at the Magic Kingdom. Generally during an Extra Magic Hour (or 'EMH') period, a selection of the parks attractions operate, whilst others remain closed.

Starting on August 26 2012, Splash Mountain will no longer be open during Extra Magic Hours, and has been replaced with Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room. 

The reason behind this modification is unclear, however it's likely to do with maintenance. As the parks are open every day of the year, cast members have to perform most maintenance work overnight. Given that Splash Mountain has not had a significant refurbishment in a fairly long time now, it's feasible that the park operators chose to reduce its running hours to allow extra work to be carried out.