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
This relatively mild coaster takes you through an abandoned gold mine in the old west. Try the "goat trick," by keeping your eyes on the goat as you descend the second hill for as long as you can. How mild is this coaster? The front cars of the train will bottom out on the third hill before the middle of the train even crests.
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
The perfect blend of themeing and thrills (and the coaster is long enough!). A staple of WDI and a can't miss. 10/10 - Dominick D
Outstanding. I love this attraction, especially in the night. - Rob Pastor
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