This here’s the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness! Legend has it that that gold was discovered on Big Thunder Mountain in the town of Tumbleweed in the late 1800’s. Mining was prosperous and a line of mine trains were in place to transport their newfound fortune. Unbeknownst to the settlers, the mine was sacred ground to local Native Americans and was cursed. When a flash flood came upon the town the town was abandoned leaving Big Thunder Mountain a ghost town. Locomotives were found to be racing around the mountain on their own without engineers and tourists were drawn to the ghost town to take rides on the possessed trains.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a speedy roller coaster that offers fun for the whole family. This thrill ride offers small drops and fast turns as you rip through the caverns and the abandoned mine company in the haunted runaway train. As riders leave the station, the train immediately enters a dark tunnel and embarks on it’s first climb as bats hang overhead. Once the train reaches the top, the adventure begins as the train passes over two hops and severals exciting turns and drops.
Riders pass by Professors Cumulus Isobar’s rainmaking machine that went wild causing flash floods and eventually making Tumbleweed a ghost town. After the train passes through Tumbleweed, riders pass through a tunnel called Dave V. Jones mine as the train where a mysterious earthquake creates huge boulders threatening the safety of the train then passing through a boneyard and geysers as the train slows for its return back to the station.
This is our absolute FAVORITE ride. I’ve been riding it since it opened in 1980. Our tradition – it’s our first ride AND our last ride. Any experienced rider knows that where you sit on Big Thunder makes all the difference. Ask a castmember if you can sit in the back part of the train to get the wildest ride. The last row is always the best!
If you are seeking Hidden Mickeys, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is the location for one of the classics. You will have to look quickly, but as your runaway train ride run comes to an end and nears the loading/unloading area look to your right and you will find one large gear and two smaller gears on the ground that create the classic Hidden Mickey.
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Interest: Kids, tweens, teens, and adults
Height Requirements: 40 in. or taller
Accessibility: Guests must transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
Thrill Level: Small drops, fast curves Speeds reach maximum of 30 mph
FASTPASS+ is offered