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Big Thunder Mountain: Magic Kingdom Attraction Spotlight

Fast Facts

Location: Frontierland, Magic Kingdom

Opening Date: November 15, 1980

Height requirement: 40″

Who it’s for: Kids, Teens, Adults

Ride Length: 7 minutes

Big Thunder Mountain is commonly known as “The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness!” and for good reason. This thrilling outdoor roller coaster is themed to an old gold mining town and also includes a lot of fun details along the way.

This coaster has many twists and turns but no loops or huge drops. It makes for a great first real roller coaster ride for kids looking to try out more thrilling rides in the theme parks.

Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom is also very similar to Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland.

The Official Word

If you’re interested in the official spiel, here’s how Disney’s site describes the attraction:

The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness

Legend has it that soon after gold was first discovered here in the 1850s, eerie things began to happen. Trains would take off and race through tunnels—by themselves.

After you arrive at the legendary Big Thunder Mining Company, descend into an abandoned mine shaft and board your train. As you enter the cursed cavern, the engine speeds up along the rickety track. Dodge exploding dynamite and falling boulders as you swoop around turns, drop into canyons and dart through the mysterious ghost town of Tumbleweed.

Your rip-roaring adventure proves that some legends are true. You’re sure to have a real blast!

How Scary Is it?

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a fast roller coaster-type attraction designed for kids and adults. However, some parts of this attraction are bumpy and, in some instances, take place in the dark.

Official Disney World Website

Lizzie’s Take

Big Thunder Mountain is one of my personal favorites at any Disney park. I particularly like the Magic Kingdom version a bit more than the Disneyland version because it is a big longer. Plus you get some nice views of the Rivers of America while riding which is a fun bonus. I typically will try to ride this on every trip to the Magic Kingdom because I love the thrill of it!

Randy’s Take

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