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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 9 out of 10

Roller Coaster
Minimum height to ride: 40 inches

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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.


Big Thunder is just a classic. The theming is amazing and possibly among the best at Magic Kingdom, and the roller coaster itself, while mild, is great fun. While the ride is good fun during the day, it comes alive at night. Suddenly, you can't see when the next turn is, and the whole experience becomes much more thrilling and ominous. Certainly ride at night if you can. 8/10
This ride has really cool theme and really awesome thrills, definitely a big must for both theme fans and thrill fans.
love it! DO IT AT NIGHT - it's amazing!
It's a classic mild in sense of thrills but a good family coaster!
Fave ride in Magic Kingdom!
This ride is awesome. It really makes you feel that you are in the west with it's outstanding theme and effects. This is a must do.
Ok, Ok.. I get it some people like this 5 min kiddie coaster ride.
it should be in kiddie land.. short, very short ride..
Unlike The Manta @ SeaWorld or some stella, kick@SS COASTERS AT Busch Gardens, even Aerosmiths Ride at Hollywood Studios blows this outta the water.
I don't get it..
but a ride on a NYC subway would have these people screaming to get off.. :~)
I'm not a roller coaster person, but I love this ride!
A great family coaster! One of my favorites.
Thunder Mountain is a classic- it's been there since the begining. The drops are great, and the theme is captured masterfully.

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