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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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At A Glance Runaway train themed roller coaster - no loops, an dnot particularly fast, but some very tight curves make this a great attraction that's well worth riding depsite the long queues.

Along with Splash Mountain, also in Frontierland, and Space Mountain in Tomorrowland, the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of The Magic Kingdom's big crowd pullers, so again be prepared to queue.

Big Thunder Mountain is a runaway mine train style rollercoaster, though it's not particularly fast or frightening. There's no inverted loops, no corkscrews, no large drops, and no particularly violent corners, tending to derive it's thrill factor more from it's undulations and twists rather than it's sheer fright factor as with many coasters.

In total the ride is 2,780 feet long from start to finish, and covers 2 and a half acres of land. Along it's length are 20 audio animatronic figures, including bats, donkeys, chickens, goats and people. The ride also has a few waterfalls, and even and old flooded minimg town called Tumbleweed.

The 4 minute long ride is littered throughout with genuine items of minimg equipment from the times of the Klondike Gold Rush, though the dinosaur bones that stick out of the walls in the loading area definitely aren't real. It's also a ride that should be visited at least twice, with one of the visits after dark, when the lighting definitely adds to the atmosphere.

On the whole it's a great fun ride, and definitely one that should be done, though as with Space and Splash Mountains, various ride restrictions are adhered to, so avoid the ride if you have a heart condition, or either back of neck problems. Again there's a minimm ride height restriction of 40 inches which may prevent small children from being able to ride Big Thunder Mountain.

Note that in total Big Thunder Mountain cost somewhere around $17 million to build, which is close to the figure it cost to build all of the Californian Disneyland in 1955!



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