Instapic: There’s gold in them there hills.

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Although ostensibly it was to expand the smoking area, the recent upgrade to the old canoes queue and dock looks really nice. They used to do a cute little ‘pan for gold’ activity in this area, these gold nuggets look more permanent, so that may be out. But there are a lot of little touches that make this a nice area to hang out in while waiting for riders to exit Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

There’s even a boat house with a checkers game and, if you look close, tie-ins to Tom Sawyer island.

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Just a few of the details Disney is so famous for. Now, only if they could do something about all that cigarette smoke.