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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.)

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Posted: December 16, 2013

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.

Readers' rating:

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117 votes, so far

A great family coaster! One of my favorites. - Emily Kramer

Thunder Mountain is a classic- it's been there since the begining. The drops are great, and the theme is captured masterfully. - Kevin Erlendsson

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

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