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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

Robert Niles

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Published: February 15, 2015

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.

Tom Wilson
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.. :~)
Sue Fenick
I'm not a roller coaster person, but I love this ride!
Emily  Kramer
A great family coaster! One of my favorites.
Kevin Erlendsson
Thunder Mountain is a classic- it's been there since the begining. The drops are great, and the theme is captured masterfully.
Owen  Scott
Wildest ride in the wilderness! Love this ride and the theming easily one of my favorites! 10/10
Jeff Krinock
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.

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