Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Anaheim

4.8
#17 of 79 in Fun & Games in Anaheim
Ride / Activity · Hidden Gem · Fun & Games
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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a mine train roller coaster located in Frontierland at several Disneyland-style Disney Parks worldwide. The ride exists at Disneyland Park (California) and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Park (Paris) as Big Thunder Mountain. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is also the name of the fictional rail line the roller coaster depicts.ThemeAlthough the details of the backstory vary from park to park, all follow the same general story arcs. Some time in the late 1800s, gold was discovered on Big Thunder Mountain in the American Southwest. Overnight, a small mining town became a thriving one (the name of the town varies from ride to ride. In the California ride, the town is known as Rainbow Ridge. In the Florida version, the town is known as Tumbleweed, and in Paris, the town is known as Thunder Mesa). Mining was prosperous, and an extensive line of mine trains was set up to transport the ore. Unknown to the settlers, the Mountain was a sacred spot to local Native Americans and was cursed.
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  • Big Thunder Mountain RR is a classic old rollercoaster, and in my opinion is just a touch smoother than the Matterhorn. It's one of my favorites at Disneyland. It's loud, but always fun. For those... 
    Big Thunder Mountain RR is a classic old rollercoaster, and in my opinion is just a touch smoother than the Matterhorn. It's one of my favorites at Disneyland. It's loud, but always fun. For those...  more »
  • Other than Rise of the Resistance, this was the ride my kids talked about most and so we went back and did it again on our second day in the park. Having had the chance to ride it during the day and....  more
    Other than Rise of the Resistance, this was the ride my kids talked about most and so we went back and did it again on our second day in the park. Having had the chance to ride it during the day and....  more »
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  • One of my favorite rides in the park! The goat trick is always a winner. First time breaking down on the ride this visit so we had to disembark and walk through the ride which was cool. Also, the line for the ride is a surprisingly good place to watch the fireworks!
  • A reall great, classic coaster. Lots of fast turns and dark tunnels. Kids aged 4-40 had an absolute blast. If your child is unsure, maybe skip it for now and test their comfort in toon town first. It is a really nice mix of mild elevation changes, fast curves, and great set design. You even get some good views of the park. The line, too, is well shaded and can catch a nice breeze; no baking in the sun while kids have a meltdown. Still, worth the genie+ to avoid an hour plus wait for this super popular ride.

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