One of Frontierland’s most popular attractions, this thrilling roller coaster (in the form of a runaway train) twists and turns its way through an Old West mining town with loads of surprises along the way – including caves, mountains, sulfur pools, dinosaur bones and avalanches! It’s billed as “the wildest ride in the wilderness!”

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which opened at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in the fall of 1980, is located at the extreme end of Frontierland, adjacent to Splash Mountain. The train ride takes approximately 3 ½ minutes long. There are six trains in use with the following nicknames: I.B. Hearty, I.M. Brave, I.M. Fearless, U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring and U.R. Courageous. Don’t miss the audio-animatronic animals that appear throughout the ride such as goats, donkeys, chickens and possums.

In addition to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Frontierland is also home to Splash Mountain, Tom Sawyer Island and Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade. For Big Thunder Mountain Railroad souvenirs, check out the nearby Briar Patch shop. Dining opportunities near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad include Peco’s Bill’s, a casual restaurant that serves cheeseburgers, hot dogs, wraps, French fries, salads and cold drinks.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad also can be found at Disneyland, where it first opened in 1979, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.

PARK TIP: FASTPASS is available for the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which usually draws heavy crowds. Don’t forget to secure hats, glasses, cameras and other valuables as you speed through the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad adventure!

Restrictions: You must be at least 40 inches tall to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, as well as free from heart, back or neck problems; high blood pressure or motion sickness. In addition, expectant mothers should not ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Articles

Find More  

13 Fun Facts About Presidents’ Day and Theme Parks in Orlando Florida

Know your presidential trivia to celebrate the holiday. Interesting Presidents’ Day Facts: It was established in 1885 in honor of President George Washington’s birthday James Madison and George Washington are the only presidents who signed the Constitution. It is still officially called Washington’s Birthday by the federal government James Monroe was the 5th president, but the 3rd to die on …

Continue reading  

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe undergoing remodeling and expansion

Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, the largest quick-service restaurant in Disney Magic Kingdom, is currently undergoing remodeling. The work will include a remodel and expansion of the restrooms as well as expanding exterior covered seating areas. The expansion is planned to be complete by Spring 2017.   Related posts: Expansion Planned to Disney World’s Yacht and Beach Club Expansion Planned to …

Continue reading  

Disney reveals 2017 Garden Rocks Concert Series line-up

Thirteen pop bands spanning the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s will perform in the Garden Rocks Concert Series at the 23rd Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival from March 3 through May 30, 2017. New this year, shows will be taking place on Mondays, in addition to Friday through Sunday. March 3-4 – Jon Secada – “Just Another Day” March 5-6 – …

Continue reading  

Disney Patent would alter rides based on passenger emotions

The Walt Disney Company has filed a new patent on technology that is meant to customize a guest’s experience on an attraction based on their emotions or on a pre-determined list of interests. The new Disney patent, titled “Sensing and Managing Vehicle Behavior Based on Occupant Awareness” looks at a way to read riders’ emotions or pre-determined interests to customize …

Continue reading  

4 Tips to Save on Disney World Tickets

Now it’ll cost you $105 and up for a one-day ticket to enter the Disney Magic Kingdom and at least $97 for a single Disney World ticket that gets you into Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. However, there are several money-saving strategies you can use anytime to make the most of the money you spend on Disney World …

Continue reading