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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom

Take a virtual ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from Walt Disney World

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… Read More »Take a virtual ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from Walt Disney World

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Returns To Disneyland March 17

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It’s been a long time Disneyland fans, but your patience is about to pay off. A much needed, very thorough, refurbishment to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is almost over. The well-known wildest ride in the wilderness reopens March 17 with an upgraded track, restoration of the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town, new paint on portions of the mountain, and updates to the train vehicles. Disney has thrown in a few new surprises, too.

While you wait for March 17 to roll around, here’s a POV on-ride video to enjoy and a list of fun facts:

  • Along with the new track, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad reopens in 2014 with an enhanced audio system that sharpens the sounds heard by guests on the trains and in the caverns and buildings. Even the wildlife at Big Thunder can be heard more distinctly.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad celebrated its grand opening in September 1979, becoming the third peak in the Disneyland Park “mountain range of thrill rides.” It was preceded by Matterhorn Bobsleds (1959) and Space Mountain (1977) and followed by Splash Mountain (1989).Read More »Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Returns To Disneyland March 17

The Big Thunder Mountain Defense works in Court

“Thunder Mountain is a very fast, frightening roller coaster ride. After being on there Ramplin was terrified and worried there was going to be an accident and all of a sudden memories of the accident when he was ten came flooding back.” With those words… Read More »The Big Thunder Mountain Defense works in Court