Decor rock falls on Disneyland Paris' Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster; five hurt
A report from France says
that five riders were hurt today on Big Thunder Mountain
at Disneyland Paris. A decorative rock fell from the mountain onto a train, hurting one guest seriously. That individual was taken to a local hospital with a head injury.
Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland Paris occupies the place in the middle of the Rivers of America given to Tom Sawyer Island at the U.S. Magic Kingdom theme parks.
If you've not been on one of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coasters before (there are ones at Disneyland and Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, as well as at Tokyo Disneyland.), there is an effect on the final lift where the rocks from the mountain appear to be about to cave in on the train. I haven't been on the Paris version so I don't know it well enough to speculate where on the ride this incident could have happened.
just rode th mtn rail on saturday, 4/23/11,in wdw fl. i noticed that there was no moving rock which i didnt give much thought to, untill i read this article. chris
The rock effect has been broken for some time in Florida, from what I've heard. The had a black tarp over the thing for a while.
When I rode this 3 years ago at MK, I always knew those rocks would fall on me. Thankfull, they didnt. Feel bad for the injured people.Hope they are alright. :(
the rock effect has been disabled at WDW because the same thing happened there several months ago. one of the rocks on the left fell out (the space is now covered with a black tarp.) you think they would've learned.
The Disneyland CA version of big thunder is closing for a brief refurbishment at the end of may. Will it maybe shut down for a few more weeks now that this has happened? You would think that the rock effect will now be removed from the remaining big thunder rides.
The Big thunder mountain at DLParis,is alot better than Florida. They should get rid of the moving rocks,as it looks rubbish.
It sounds like there's the assumption this was from the "falling rock" effect. Do we know for sure that's the case? There are a lot of rocks around Big Thunder...
I really didn't ever think those rocks would fall on me when riding Big Thunder Mountain but know you know you can never be to safe at an Amusent Park
Considering the poor state of maintenance at DLP, this is, unfortunately, not surprising.
Thunder Mountain at DLP is the best one that I have been on (really!). Its longer, cooler, and on an island where Tom Sayer would be.
According to this article, it did happen in the final "earthquake" section of the ride.
This is just a small pet peeve of mine, but it always irks me when people call it just Thunder Mtn. Do we call it just Thunder Trail, Thunder BBQ, or Thunder Ranch? No. The Big in Big Thunder plays a major role in the name. We should strive to keep it that way. ;-)
i agree with the person that said about the poor state of maitinence at dlp. when i went a few years ago, big thunder mountain stayed closed for a lot of the time, and always broke down. it's a pity the rock fell- those poor people
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