Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride (Disney World Ride)

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride (Disney World Ride)

Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Description:

On Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride, Race through a haunted gold-mining town aboard a rollicking runaway mine train.

The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness

Dash in and out of desert caverns and rumble through a haunted mine aboard a speeding train.

Amid rugged bedrock and desert cactus, venture inside a nearly 200-foot mountain to the Big Thunder Mining Company, established in the early days of America’s Gold Rush. Traipse down into an abandoned mine shaft and discover a mysterious 5-car locomotive waiting to take you on a journey inside an abandoned shaft.

Hang Onto Your Hats!
As you begin your journey into the darkness of the tunnel, the train’s wheels chug back and forth across a rickety track. Swoop around turns and dip and drop into canyons and caves, darting through the ghost town of Tumbleweed.

Peel under a booming waterfall, past rock formations, and dodge a rumbling boulder from an inexplicable landslide. Along your adventure, glimpse the remnants of a flash flood and behold a bevy of local critters—including bats, opossum and a goat—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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  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride (Disney World Ride)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride (Disney World Ride)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride (Disney World Ride)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ride (Disney World Ride)

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