The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster attraction at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is one of the true modern classics. It bridges the best whimsy and detail of classic imagineering with the talents and technology of the modern era.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a popular Disney attraction you can find a version of in four different theme parks around the world, When you see those iconic spires rising on the horizon, you can’t help but yearn for a ride on the clickety-clackety mine train.
Close your eyes and you can imagine yourself descending into an abandoned mine shaft where you board your train for an adventure evading boulders, dodging explosions, and swooping through canyons in the whimsical town of Tumbleweed.
As part of their effort to extend the magic envelope from its theme parks to your living room, Disney is offering this video for virtual ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.
Are you ready partners? Sit back in your seat and remove your hats and glasses, cause this here’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!
I always thought Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s look was inspired by Bryce Canyon national park, not Monument Valley. But apparently the Magic Kingdom version was inspired by Monument Valley? I don’t see that big of difference.
We also released our own POV on-ride video back in 2011.
The first Big Thunder Mountain Railroad opened at Disneyland in September 1979 and then a year later at the Magic Kingdom. Since then both have made millions of guests happy with their moderate thrills and high speed turns.
There are a lot of great stories about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. One of our favorite is this recent medical study that revealed riding on the attraction could help someone pass a kidney stone.