Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain

 

Step onboard of the lore cars of an old mine-train and experience the thrills of the wildest ride in the wilderness.

At the very heart of Frontierland the mighty Big Thunder Mountain rises high over the Rivers of the Far West. Inspired by the carved rock features of Southwest America's Monument Valley, the mountain with its runaway minetrain stands at the centre of "Thunder Mesa" - a town straight from a sliver-screen western. Legend has it that many years ago when gold was first discovered on the mountain, the town around it boomed with hopeful prospectors eager to find their fortune, but as the gold slowly vanished from the mountain, so did the miners and with them many of the citizens of Thunder Mesa...

Guests board one of the old mine trains at the loading station on the mainland, before diving under the Rivers of the Far West in one of the abandoned mine shafts, past colorful subterrenean water pools before emerging in the centre of the mountainous island. Here they spend three minutes speeding round the tracks that weave past shear rock faces, down deep carved ravines, past the hut of a single miner who is still living on the mountain and through numerous tunnels on the island before finishing their whirlwind trip by passing through a collapsing mineshaft packed with dynamite left over from an old blast and escaping in the last second into the bat filled caves beneath the mountain... but did you see that? Was that gold glittering behind the rocks crashing onto the track behind you? Might there be a truth to that story making it rounds in Thunder Mesa, that the mine was still hiding a fortune in gold and was abandoned because of the intervention of the Indian's thunder god, after whom the mountain was named?

The attention to detail throughout the realistic mountain is exceptional and includes colourful rock pools, a water fall and audioanimatronic figures including donkeys, goats and coyotes. Such touches ensure that even after numerous trips there are always new details to see.

Big Thunder Mountain features suddend twists, plunges and turns at a breathtaking speed but at all times reamins a family friendly roller coaster for all ages - without any inversions. It's unique atmosphere, highly detailed setting and big thrills make it a unique experience not to be missed that magically makes a smile appear in the face of guests ... and the wish to ride it again. So when will you explore the old mine?

Tips

BIg Thunder Mountain is one of the most popular rides in the Disneyland Parc with its unique combination of a highly themed environment and trills for (nearly) all ages. Accordingly long lines will form throughout the day at times on busy days even exceeding 90 minutes. However, lines tend to be shorter early in the morning and during the last hours of the operation day - as well as during rain, as the ride track is not covered with short exceptions (however, the majority of the queue area is covered).

Big Thunder Mountain is FastPass equipped. This allows guests to reserve a ride time with their theme park admission ticket at the FastPass machines (located next to the attraction's main entrance) and then bypass the main queue at the assigned ride time.

Big Thunder Mountain offers an all new ride experience after sunset when the runaway mine train races through the sparse lit canyons of Big Thunder Mountain - so if time allows, why not plan a second ride?

If younger members of the party are not meeting the minimum height requirement for Big Thunder Mountain guests should inform the cast member at the attraction's entrance and request a "Child Swap". This allows one or two members of the party to stay behind with the child while the rest of the party lines up for the attraction. Once they exit the attraction the remaining members of the party are allowed to proceed directly to the attraction bypassing the line.

If members of your party want to wait outside the attraction with children we recommend the Pocahontas Indian Village playground to pass the time. It is locatd a leisure 2 to 3 minute walk away from the attraction's entrance / exit at the shores of the Rivers of the Far West. To locate the playground follow the main walkway past Big Thunder Mountain toward Cowboy Cookout Barbecue and then turn left in front of the latter. Along the sides of the playground benches invite guests to relax while children can explore the indian village - all benches are placed to allow parents to supervise their children at all times.

During one section of the ride the train plummets down skimming along the surface of the river causing water to spray up around the car, at this point cameras snap pictures of the riders that can be viewed on banks of video screens in the exit area. The photos are for sale from a booth next to the exit walkway.

Compact

  • Waitingtime: Waitingtime
  • FastPass equipped
  • Duration of ride: 3 1/2 minutes
  • Track length: approximately 1,500 meters
  • Maximum number of trains: 5
  • Capacity per train: 30 persons

Specials

Big Thunder Mountain transports guests back in time to one of the most romantic, adventerous and up till today most celebrated and talked about time of the rush to the frontiers of the wild west: the gold rush:

In the first half of the 19th century California was a untamed country far away from the established cities on the East Coast of the north american continent. Only very few settlers had found their way to the place that is nowadays known as the "Golden State" - and that for good reason. On January 24, 1848 the carpenter James Marshall discovered a shimmering object on the ground of the American River near the small town of Coloma. He reached for it and realized that he had just found a gold nugget. Thus the Californian Gold Rush began. Thousands from all over the world made the long journey to California. Usually, their treck began in Independence, Missouri and would take almost six months during which those fortune hunters and pioneers (some of them with their wives and children) had to cross prairies, desserts and the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Not to mention fighting off frequent attacks by Indians. Today, those brave men and women are referred to as the "49ers" as the first trecks to California started in 1849. Within just four years, more than $260 million worth of gold nuggets were found. Because of its new wealth, California became a member of the United States of America in 1850. By 1858 more than 600,000 adventurers had come to California. However, by that time gold had become scare. The rivers which once transported the small gold nuggets from the Sierra Nevada down to the forests had been dug up. Many of the towns that had been founded and flourished because of the gold miners disappeared into oblivion - just as Thunder Mesa in Frontierland had witnessed a decline since the mine of Big Thunder Mountain had been closed. However, those who remained became the first true Californians and founded a state that is today best known for its beaches, the Golden Gate Bridge, its redwood trees, Silicon Valley, Hollywood and of course the original Disneyland...

Back to the attraction itself: a runaway mine train ride with this name can also be found at the Disneyland Park (Anaheim), the Magic Kingdom (Walt Disney World) and Tokyo Disneyland. However, the incarnation at the Disneyland Parc (Disneyland Resort Paris) is frequently referred to as the most exciting of the four attractions, not the least because of its unique location allowing the mine train to zip around the islands in the mid of the Rivers of the Far West.

Limits

Minimum Height: 1.02 m

Guests should be in good health and free from high blood pressure, heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness or any conditions that could be aggravated by the attraction.

Expectant mothers should not ride.

DLP.info votings

Child:
3,5
Atmosphere:
5,0
Youth:
5,0
Thrill:
3,5
Adult:
5,0
Music:
3,0
Senior:
3,5
Themeing:
5,0

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