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Big Thunder Mountain
Website: Magic Kingdom Homepage
Ride Type: Steel Coaster
Ride Status: Running
Average Rating: 3.6957
TPC Overall Rank: #240 out of 2933 rides.
Reviews: 187
Last Review: 10/30/2015 7:52:00 PM
In User Top 10: 64 times.
User Tracker Count: 716 times.

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3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up kowrip on 8/25/2005 8:11:00 PM
Similar to Space Mountain, this is a classic ride. Its got some features such as the initial launch in the dark that make it quite different from other mine train rollercoasters. Its also themed quite good. Unfortunately, its not overly thrilling in any way. It doesnt have the speed, any cool drops or even any wild turns. Its still a cool ride to experience, especially if youve never ridden it. It just doesnt deliver like some of the newer attractions.

5 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up -sts- on 8/11/2005 1:05:00 PM - User's Top Ride #18
going On At Nite is best for this attraction

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up taylorb251 on 8/3/2005 3:16:00 PM
A nice family coaster. The theming is good and the ride for me is alright. Very good ride to take your kids on.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up thinkdif on 8/1/2005 9:50:00 AM
This ride isnt made for thrills, however you can still have a fun time on it. The themeing is very clever and detailed. The lines can be long but there are ways around that (go during parades, fastpass, ect). A true disney classic.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up figment873 on 7/31/2005 8:09:00 PM
This is a good mine train. The line can get really long so make sure you do it sometime before 11 a.m. or during a parade. However, I almost wish the ride went a little slower... not because it is "scary" but because the themeing is so good I would like to see more of it. I think that the wonderful themeing is sometimes lost because it is a family coaster. Anyway, a good, classic disney FAMILY coaster.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Canobie Coaster on 7/27/2005 10:59:00 AM
Big Thunder Mountain is the self-proclaimed “wildest ride in the wilderness.” Well, I hate to burst Disney’s bubble, but it is far from it; however, what it lacks in thrills, it makes up in fun and theming, and boy does it ever. Towering over Frontierland, the colossal, man-made mountain looks absolutely incredible, especially when the sun is shimmering midday on it. It’s really hard to believe that it’s manmade with all the detail put into this mountain and its sheer mass of rocks, caves, and crevices scattered about it. Oh and the locomotives. While they aren’t nearly as nostalgic as the ones used on the real railroad, these ones look great and really capture the Western feel Disney aimed for with the attraction both with their striking color scheme and their looks.

Well due to the ride’s popularity, lines are inevitable. But it certainly isn’t Disney’s fault, as this is arguably their most capacity-efficient coaster. Utilizing a dual loading station and multiple trains which each seating 30 riders, lines move incredibly fast for this coaster and even when the park is busy, the longest wait I’ve ever encountered for this has been 40 minutes, but usually lines are around 20 minutes. Don’t worry though because even if lines are abnormally long, Fastpasses are available and they generally last all day long.

Of all the seats, I either prefer the front car or the back car, but really each seat gives almost an identical ride. Once dispatched, the journey begins with a wild rampage through a wonderfully executed cavern teeming with bats that soar by riders. Following that are three moderate sized lift hills spaced throughout the attraction with zippy turns and sudden drops scattered throughout the attraction. While the attraction lacks any real height or speed, there are some surprisingly strong laterals on the turns, especially in the back, and many of the drops provide a nice, little burst of air-time.

But what really deserves praise is the layout, which is excellent thanks to the wonderfully twisted layout complete with perfectly placed caves that maintain the excitement for the entire duration of the experience, which is very long. One other thing I especially love are the surprise elements featured on the attraction like the trick track and the final lift hill, which without giving anything away, is simply one of Disney’s most ingenious design elements ever, and no matter how many times I ride this it always amuses me.

Big Thunder Mountain certainly isn’t the “wildest ride in the wilderness” like it boasts in the station, but it’s an enjoyable experience from beginning to end that proves that bigger isn’t always better. What it lacks in size and thrills, it makes up in with incredible theming and a great layout packed with sudden dips and twists. Of the two mine train coasters I’ve been on (Hershey’s Trailblazer being the other), this one is far and away an all-around better attraction and even though I haven’t been on many, I doubt there are many mine trains out there that triumph this Disney classic. No visit to the Magic Kingdom is complete with this runaway train since despite its age and size, it still remains one of Disney’s best coasters!

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up flcoaster on 7/24/2005 9:39:00 PM
My favorite non-inverted coaster in the State of Florida. Its a classic attraction that only disney could imagine. It is the only coaster I can think of(besides kiddie coasters) that my parents can come off of without nausea. The turns and drops are very well done. Completely for the young and young at heart.

3 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PeterD on 7/22/2005 5:28:00 PM
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a great family attraction, is very well themed, and interacts with the scenery/terrain very nicely – a true Disney classic. Since it is family-oriented, it was not intended to thrill riders. The train slowly chugged along the track and did not provide much excitement. The line could also be a hassle (at least 45 minutes) unless you have a Fastpass. It is re-ridable, but not very exhilarating.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up J65 on 6/29/2005 3:43:00 PM
I thought it was fun. Just slightly slow, but its not a rollercoaster meant to be fast or terrifying, its just meant an enjoyable ride for all ages that is just the right intensity--and it delivers.

3 Rating
-1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up FLA8 on 6/3/2005 5:32:00 PM
O my god what is this,I dont know whats slower this or the flying unicorn at IOA.Its really slow and its really not that fun,the only reason why I gave it a 5 its because of its themeing and thats what saved the ride from getting a 1.I know kids like it but its not my type of ride so there for it gets an averge 5.

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