Wasn't Big Thunder down for like a 6 month rehab in the spring of 2011? The ride has never been, in my opinion, in that bad of shape. And as a big guy, I never found the loading/unloading area to be much of an issue.
I guess it's just sour grapes since the ride will be closed when I'm there in October. And with Matterhorn's new sleds, looks like 2 of my favorites are off the table this trip for me.
It does seem odd, to me at least, that Big Thunder has had so much rehab time in the last few years and a ride that really needs it like Indy just keeps going.