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Walt Disney World Orlando Sights

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Amusement Park/Water Park
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/30/2014

Fodor's Review

Set in gold-rush days, this thrilling roller coaster simulates a runaway train. It's a bumpy ride with several good drops (pregnant women and guests wearing back, neck, or leg braces should avoid this one). There are moments when you feel like you're going to fly right off the tracks. Overall it's more fun than scary, and you'll see kids as young as 7 lining up to ride. The train rushes and rattles past 20 Audio-Animatronics figures—mostly critters—as well as $300,000

worth of genuine antique mining equipment, tumbleweeds, a derelict mining town, hot springs, and a flash flood.

The 197-foot mountain landscape is based on the windswept scenery of Arizona's Monument Valley, and thanks to 650 tons of steel, 4,675 tons of concrete, and 16,000 gallons of paint, it replicates the area's gorges, tunnels, caverns, and dry river beds. For people with disabilities: You must be able to step into the ride vehicle and walk short distances. Service animals aren't permitted. Use Fastpass unless the wait is less than 15 minutes. The ride is most exciting at night, when you can't anticipate the curves and the track's rattling really sounds as if something's about to give.

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Sight Information


Frontierland, Walt Disney World, Florida, 32830, United States

Sight Details:

  • Duration: 4 mins. Crowds: Absolutely. Audience: Not Small Kids

Updated 04/30/2014


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Mar 11, 2008

Good ride if you've got kids

this is a good family ride and it has fast track. not worth long lines but worth coming back to with fast track.

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