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Big Thunder Mountain Train Car

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a wonderfully themed roller-coaster with turns and dips through caverns, mountains, avalanches and floods reminiscent of the Old West.


The queue area takes you into the headquarters of the Big Thunder Mining Co. You enter converted ore cars for your journey... but wait, there is NO conductor! Too late, you are off for a 3 1/2-minute ride into the wilderness!


The theming is a Southwestern landscape, reminiscent of the wind swept features found in Arizona's Monument Valley. Caves, grottos, a waterfall, big horned sheep, a spiral butte, dinosaur bones and sulfur pools are just part of the scenery you will encounter on your ride.


Speeds can reach 24-30 miles per hour so the centrifugal force as you round the turns will pull you from one side to the next.


There are no serious drops on this ride (nothing like Splash Mountain) but there are 3 good dips that can put some air between you and your seat.


The main butte is 197.6 feet above sea level and 100 feet above ground.


Enjoy the music of the old west with songs like: Big Rock Candy Mountain (1885), Blue Tail Fly, (1846), Red River Valley (1896), Oh My Darling Clementine (1884) and more.


Walt Disney World-Magic Kingdom- Orlando Fl.

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Taken on March 26, 2009