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Travel back in time to the risky days of America's Gold Rush and take a ride through the Old West mining town of Tumbleweed! You'll face drops and sharp turns as you descend into an abandoned mine shaft that just might be haunted. You'll rush under a splashing waterfall and nearly face a falling boulder as you are wisped through the desert caverns and rugged mountains on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The canyon is filled with tons of critters-- including bats, a goat and even an oppossum- so keep a lookout as you rush on this rickety mine train!
If you want to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad during the daytime, go early in the morning. Riding at night is a completely different experience and the lines are typically much shorter. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a great coaster for people who aren’t quite ready for the intensity of rides like Space Mountain or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. (There are no inversions and it’s not in the dark.) It can be a bit rough on the back, but it’s otherwise a non-threatening experience. The front cart is usually the best choice for coasters, but not this one...the back carts of the "train" whip around a little faster and experience a wilder ride. For a completely different way to experience Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, we ride it at night during the fireworks show, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a mild but wild coaster in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom. The duration of the ride is about 3 ½ minutes. As long as you can meet the 40 inch height requirement, this roller coaster is appropriate for and enjoyed by guests of all ages. The ride vehicles can accommodate three guests, but most families split into groups of two. Guests must transfer from their wheelchair, motorized scooter or ECV to board the vehicle. Children under the age of 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
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This attraction opened September 23, 1980. Look for the gears near the station- they form the silhouette of a famous mouse. See if you can spot the following residents of Tumbleweed: chickens, donkeys, possums, a goat, a longjohn-clad resident spinning through the flood in a bathtub and a rainmaker whose name is Professor Cumulus Isobar. The Frontierland station of the Walt Disney World® Railroad drops you off right next to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
The names of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad trains are: U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty, I.M. Fearless.
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