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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Frontierland
Roller coaster - 40 inches to ride
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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. A 2014 refurbishment added an "explosive" new surprise to that hill, though.

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The new affects (at least new to us since our last visit in 2013) really sell the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness as more than your average mine train coaster. The layout is nothing special, even for a family mine train, but the theming and special effects are spot on.

With a max speed of something like 35 mph, BTMR isn't going to scare anyone, but the attention to detail along the course of the track should be eye-popping to everyone. BTMR is a fun coaster for the whole family, especially a night when the ride seems to have a bit more zip. On the downside, BTMR does seem to slow down too much from time to time and just when it gets going nice and quick with a few real fun turns...it's over. Still, an excellent way to pass the time while waiting on your Star Wars Galaxy' Edge fastpasses!



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