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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®

Locomotive at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at sunset

Magic Kingdom® Park

Frontierland®

Guests Must Be
40in (102cm) or taller
Age Interest

Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults

Thrill Level

Small Drops, Thrill Ride

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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
Advisories
  • Supervise children at all times. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.

Interests

Classics, Interactive

Rider Switch
  • Rider switch offered. Opens tool tip. Beginning of tooltip content This attraction offers rider switch, which allows 2 or more adults to take turns waiting with children who are too small to ride, without the need to wait in line twice. Please ask a Cast Member at the attraction entrance for assistance. End of tooltip content
Guest Policies
  • 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.
  • Supervise children at all times.
    Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.
Streak through a haunted gold-mining town aboard a rollicking runaway mine train.
Four riders roaring with laughter as they zoom down Big Thunder Mountain

The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness

Dash in and out of desert caverns and rumble through a haunted mine aboard a speeding train.

Amid rugged bedrock and desert cactus, venture inside a nearly 200-foot mountain to the Big Thunder Mining Company, established in the early days of America’s Gold Rush. Traipse down into an abandoned mine shaft and discover a mysterious 5-car locomotive waiting to take you on a journey inside an abandoned shaft.

Hang Onto Your Hats!
Hurl forward into the darkness of the tunnel as the train’s wheels chug back and forth across a rickety track. Swoop around sharp turns and dip and drop into canyons and caves, darting through the ghost town of Tumbleweed.

Peel under a booming waterfall, past rock formations, and dodge a rumbling boulder from an inexplicable landslide. Along your adventure, glimpse the remnants of a flash flood and behold a bevy of local critters—including bats, opossum and a goat—before hastily making your way back to the safety of the railroad station.

Train filled with Park Guests crosses a bridge at Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

The Big Thunder Mountain Legend

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 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 the new settlers became aware, some legends turn out to be true.

Two teens on a Big Thunder Mountain train scream with delight as they emerge from a tunnel

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.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®

Friday, April 18, 2014

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Extra Magic Hours
  • 1:00AM
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  • 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM Eastern Time. Guests under 18 years of age must have parent or guardian permission to call.
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