Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (Disneyland)
Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Description:
Streak through a legendary gold-mining town aboard a rollicking runaway mine train on Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Amid rugged bedrock and desert cactus, venture inside a barren mountain to the Big Thunder Mining Company, established in the early days of America’s Gold Rush. Traipse down and discover a mysterious 5-car locomotive waiting to take you on a journey inside an abandoned mine shaft.
Hang Onto Your Hats
Hurl forward into the darkness of a tunnel as the train’s wheels chug back and forth across a winding track. Swoop around sharp turns and dip and drop into canyons and caves, darting through the ghost town of Big Thunder.
Peel under a booming waterfall, past rock formations, and dodge a rumbling boulder from an unexpected landslide. Glimpse the remnants of an earthquake and behold a bevy of local critters—including bats, opossum and a goat with a stick of dynamite in his mouth—before hastily making your way back to the safety of the railroad station.
Fun Facts and Statistics:
- The footprint of the Disney World version of Big Thunder Mountain is 25% bigger than Disneyland’s.
- The highest point of the ride environment is nearly 200 feet tall
- Guests must be 40 inches tall to ride.
- The ghost town you venture through in the ride is named Tumbleweed.
- The ride tops off at 36 mph (14 mph slower than Expedition Everest and 24 mph slower than Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster)
- The ride includes 20 audio-animatronics
- Disney Legend Tony Baxter designed Big Thunder Mountain in the early 1970’s.
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