Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a roller coaster in Frontierland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. (The minimum height to ride is 40 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
If a fear of heights has kept you (or your kids) from trying roller coasters, this might be the ride for you. You'll ride in mine train cars in and on Big Thunder Mountain, home to an abandoned gold mine. It's the "Wildest Ride in the West," according to the spiel at the loading station, but Thunder's actually one of the milder roller coasters around. Since you're riding on the mountain, you're rarely more than a few feet off "the ground." Still, the ride tops out at 32 miles per hour, so it's got enough oomph to reward a junior thrill-seeker-in-training.
Wildest ride in the wilderness! Love this ride and the theming easily one of my favorites! 10/10 - Owen Scott
It was fun to see a different version of the ride, as opposed to Disneyland. I wish both versions could find a way to keep me from sliding around the seat, but maybe that is fun for some people. - Jeff Krinock
This is still the best bang for your buck mine-train ride around. What I mean by that is there are so many incredible ride themed visuals that you aren't disappointed the coaster's so tame. This is fun for the whole family and a far superior coaster to Space Mountain. (9/10) - Randy Miller
Really enjoyable for the whole family. Best theming around for this style of ride. Worthy of re-rides. Just thrilling enough to be fun, but gentle enough to where you are just relaxing and enjoying it. Best at night. (8/10) - Lexi R
Very fun coaster to ride. It's got a classic Disney feel to it and is very fun for the whole family. Definately my favorite ride at Magic Kingdom. - Justin Knight
Some mistake this as a rollercoaster. As a coaster it lacks speed and drops and is a little bit too rough. You should take it as a thematic masterpiece though. It has an outstanding storyline and the theming itself is fantastic. Before arriving at the station you pass a building which resembles an improvised working station as a base for the mine workers, along with old fashioned crafts and tools. You're literally transfered back to times of the old west. After boarding the train you witness a beautifull themed grotto while climbing the first lifthill. When the speed catches up it doesn't become too rough. Just take a look at the outstanding scenic rockwork while the twists and turns add to the excitement. Do it in the evening: The train is a little bit faster and the darkness adds to the atmosphere. - Chris W.
Amazing ride and scenes. This isnt really a thrill ride, it is fast, it jerks and no real dips. Its a classic 9/10! - B Higgins
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