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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad train comes around a thrilling bend

Disneyland Park

Frontierland

Guests Must Be
40" (102 cm) or Taller
Age Interest

Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

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FASTPASS service is available at this and other select attractions in Disneyland Resort theme parks and is complimentary on a first-come basis. FASTPASS saves your virtual place in line for an attraction while you enjoy the rest of the park. If the return time posted works with your plans, get a FASTPASS ticket and return to the attraction's FASTPASS entrance any time during the one-hour window shown on your ticket. There is a limit to the number of FASTPASS tickets available to you each day.
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Thrill Level

Small Drops, Thrill Rides

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Advisories
WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
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Accessibility and Other Information

Accessibility
  • Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV
Interests

What’s New, Rider Switch, FASTPASS

Guest Policies
  • Flash photography not allowed
  • Supervise children at all times.
    Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
  • Wheelchair Access: Enter through the exit to the unload area and contact a Cast Member for boarding instructions. Please remain behind the yellow line. A transfer access vehicle is available. If you have a Disney FASTPASS® return ticket, follow the same procedures.
  • Rider Switch Offered.
  • Service animals may not accompany Guests on this attraction.
  • Persons who do not meet the minimum height requirement of 40 inches (102 cm) may not ride.
  • WARNING! For safety, you should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that could be aggravated by this adventure. Expectant mothers should not ride.
All aboard! Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is back—and ready to rumble 'round Rainbow Ridge again.
A happy mother and daughter ride the roller-coaster-like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness

Race along the railroad tracks in a runaway mine car—and watch for new surprises along the way! This classic Disneyland attraction is back, and better than ever before.

Amid rugged bedrock and desert cactus, venture inside a barren mountain to the Big Thunder Mining Company, established in the early days of America’s Gold Rush. Traipse down and discover a mysterious 5-car locomotive waiting to take you on a journey inside an abandoned mine shaft.

Hurl forward into the darkness of a tunnel as the train’s wheels chug back and forth across a winding track. Swoop around sharp turns and dip and drop into canyons and caves, darting through the ghost town of Big Thunder.

Peel under a booming waterfall, past rock formations, and dodge a rumbling boulder from an unexpected landslide. Glimpse the remnants of an earthquake and behold a bevy of local critters—including bats, opossum and a goat with a stick of dynamite in his mouth—before hastily making your way back to the safety of the railroad station.

Big Thunder Mountain Mining Camp: Panhandle Hotel, railroad tracks and destination sign post

The Story of Big Thunder Mountain

Legend has it that a supernatural force dwells within the mountain. When gold was first discovered in the 1850s, a mining company was established. But soon, eerie things began to occur. Miners heard ghostly sounds, cave-ins became frequent and equipment mysteriously failed. Trains would take off and race through the mine and around the mountain driverless! Word got out that the mine was haunted and Big Thunder became just another ghost town.

Years later, when eyewitness accounts had faded into folklore, new prospectors resurrected the mining company and began blasting into the spooky mountain once again. But as you may soon discover, some legends turn out to be true.

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad train crests a cliff where dinosaur bones are exposed below

A Train Ride for the Entire Family

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a speedy rollercoaster-type attraction designed with your entire family in mind. However, some parts of this attraction are bumpy and, in some instances, take place in the dark.

A man wraps his arm around his wife as the wild Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride twists and turns

The Old Town

The miniature town of Big Thunder that you roll past at the end of the attraction predates Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Originally named Rainbow Ridge, the town is one of several elements from the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train (later called Mine Train through Nature's Wonderland) that transported Guests around Frontierland from 1956 to 1977.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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