With the recent refurbishments made to Space Mountain, Tom Sawyer's Island, Pirates of the Caribbean, the Submarine Voyage, and the Haunted Mansion the word "refurbishment" is becoming either a thing of taboo or salvation as of late, I'm curious what the popular consensus is for the next attraction to receive some much needed modernization and sprucing up?
Now to clarify, there's a couple different forms of refurbishment here.
The Submarine Voyage has become the home to Finding Nemo's 4-hour line, TSI is now rife with pirates and trick new effects, HM has a new mistress who seems to rule the roost, and POTC has gone Hollywood; but Space Mountain looks, rides, and sounds so much smoother but is still the same at heart as well as the subtle additions of LED lights to Peter Fan's Flight and the projections added to Alice in Wonderland.
There's a popular thread already here discussing possible refurbishments that would transform the Matterhorn into a ride comparable with Expedition: Everest and the news that IJA is in dire need of some TLC especially in the AA department. My vote for the next face lift - not overlay - is for everybody's favorite runaway mine train, Big Thunder Railroad. BTRR has seen some pretty dark days in years past and the attraction could use a little positive PR.
Personally, I miss the days of I.M.Brave blazing through the rock springs beneath the uncovered dinosaur bones encased in rock. (Water jets? Really? Did people get that wet?) The ascension surrounded by animatronic wildlife is anything but. The rattlesnakes, turtles, and goats have suffered the woes of weather for far too long and show their age like so many swinging opossums.
BTRR was iconic in using sounds to exaggerate the experience. Wafting train whistles, creaking bridges, and thundering earthquakes helped to enrich the environment, creating a far more lively atmosphere than what the ride actually was. Like the suggestions mentioned in the previous threads, I think that BTRR could really benefit from some TLC.
If you agree, what would you like to see done with BTRR? How about the adjacent Big Thunder Ranch? There's so much that could be done to revive the dwindling Frontierland. What would you like to see?