Happy 30th birthday to Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain
Written by Robert Niles
Please join me in wishing Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad a happy 30th birthday. Disney's third "mountain" (following Matterhorn and Space) debuted on September 2, 1979 at the Anaheim park, though a version of the ride earlier had been designed for Walt Disney World. Disney World's Thunder ultimately opened just over a year later, on September 23, 1980.Tweet
Let's celebrated with some photos of Thunder, taken by Theme Park Insider readers:
And here is one of Walt Disney World's version, which I took when I worked there... long, long ago:
I would be remiss if I failed to note on this birthday that not all's been fun times on Thunder Mountain. Friday will be the sixth anniversary of the wreck that killed 22-year-old Marcello Torres. The tragedy helped prompt some significant management shake-ups within Disneyland, ones that ultimately led to the park's current renaissance.
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