|About this Attraction
Duration: 4 minutes
Child Swap available
time to visit: Early morning, during parades or late evening.
Tips & Fun Facts
Being one of the most popular rides at Magic Kingdom, its recommended that you make use of FASTPASS here.
If you want to enjoy a faster ride, sit in rows towards the back of the train. For a tamer experience, head to the front.
Try riding this attraction at night, it can feel like a different ride when lit up.
Big Thunder Mountain debuted in the Magic Kingdom in 1980.
There are 20 audio-animatronics throughout the attraction as well as loads of authentic mining equipment to enhance the theming. The colour and shape of the rocks that form the mountain are meant to mimic those found in Arizona's monument valley.
The mining trains you travel in average speeds of around 30mph but can reach around 33mph when the temperature rises and the grease on the rails heats. There are 6 trains in all, U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty and I.M. Fearless.
Big Thunder Mountain stands 197 feet tall.
Guests must be able to transfer from wheelchairs to board the attraction.
Must be 40 inches tall to ride. Adult supervision required.
Guests should be in good health and free from motion sickness, back or neck problems, heart problems, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure; expectant mothers should not ride; this is transfer accessible.
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