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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista
  • Andrew F.
    "Best ride all day fast pass for the win"(10 Tips)
    Karla R.
    "Fastpass is a must!"(11 Tips)
    Maxx ♕ C.
    "Back row seats for the win!"(8 Tips)
    Bailey P.
    "Good fun roller coaster!"(3 Tips)
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  • Eric L.
    Eric LeebowNovember 13, 2017
    You may get a little wet, but not really. Get ready for a fast and curvy roller coaster without too big of a drop. It’s fast, but not too fast. Great views of mountains and fun. Was worth the wait!
  • Kristine R.
    Kristine RoskoJuly 24, 2016
    I used to love this ride as a child, but now, it's painful! If you have thicker thighs or are on the taller side, be forewarned that the lap bar hits at mid-thigh, & will hurt! FastPass+ recommended.
  • Shravan A.
    Shravan ArasJanuary 9, 2014
    As you wait in line to hop on the ride don't miss the mining sings on the way. They are awesome and fun to read and pass the time. Be sure to snap pics and touch rocks with golden ores in them.
  • Greg G.
    Greg GApril 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite rides...sit in the back for the best experience. Fastpass helps on this ride, but isn't a must.
  • Lindsey T.
    Lindsey ThomasJuly 20, 2014
    Definitely better at night...seems a lot faster! try to go during Wishes or during the parades at night. The wait will be under 30 minutes. The last car is the best!
  • Yvonne
    YvonneNovember 29, 2011
    This is a super-fun rollercoaster, and I had to come back and leave this tip: If at all possible ride this at night, during the fireworks, approx. 9:30-10 pm. The view was AMAZING. No lie. Do it.
  • Clarissa M.
    Clarissa McDanielOctober 4, 2016
    Sit in the back for the best ride. Try to ride at night and during the day for two different experiences.
  • Karla R.
    Karla RamirezNovember 25, 2015
    Fastpass is a must! This is one of my favorite rides! Is a long ride compare to other rides in Magic Kingdom and is well worth it!
  • Valerie J.
    Valerie JamesNovember 19, 2012
    It was a VERY long line. We waited 1 hr and 15 mins. But it was still faster that the fast pass they had to leave and come back 2-3 hrs later. Fun ride one of the ones you don't want to miss.
  • Eric O.
    Eric OOctober 13, 2012
    This is my mom's favorite roller coaster, meaning that it's tame enough for my mom to ride yet thrilling enough to be highly enjoyable!
  • Chris J.
    Chris JJune 25, 2016
    The line isn't that bad in the mornings, and there is a lot of stuff to keep you entertained while you wait.
  • Alison B.
    Alison BazeleyMarch 18, 2011
    Hidden Tinkerbell in the rocks at the exit if you board the left train that exits on the right. Leave the building. It's on the outcropping to your left once you leave the building. Photo added.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PagansFebruary 1, 2014
    awesome! smooth ride, some great turns, and detail-ridden like most other Disney creations...enjoy the mining theme and don't scream too loudly!
  • Undercover Tourist
    Undercover TouristAugust 16, 2011
    Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a good starter coaster. Sit in the front of the train for a tamer ride. If you're looking for a wilder ride, sit in the back!
  • Christina B.
    Christina BetterleySeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't care how long the wait is, last car for me EVERY TIME!! Also, completely different feel at night, try it out sometime, HIGHLY recommended!! 👍👍
  • Imported Fun
    Imported FunJuly 15, 2017
    One of the kids favorites with repeated trips - but they also never got a chance to see the dwarf mine!
  • James W.
    James WattMarch 7, 2011
    During extended hours there was no wait, got to ride this a few times in a row. Back is definitely fun (bumpier), but the first row is my personal favorite. Just try to avoid the middle.
  • Lee-Riannan A.
    Lee-Riannan AndraosJanuary 5, 2013
    Don't send one person to the line and then have the rest of your party show up an hour later, shoving their way through the line. My young child & I waited, you can, too.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NagelSeptember 19, 2012
    If you are in the back, avoid the front row. All the energy expelled by the ride focuses right there giving one the impression of being on a pinball machine.
  • Drew M.
    Drew McLellanJanuary 18, 2014
    Ask for the last car, it's worth the wait. And brace yourself at the end of the ride for a very jarring stop.
  • Susanne U.
    Susanne UhligAugust 17, 2014
    If you want a real roller coaster than skip this. It's a sweet ride but for kids. The good thing it's not as short as you might think. You are on this ride for around 2 minutes. Not scary! :)
  • Topher C.
    Topher CassidySeptember 4, 2011
    Such a fun ride. Best time to go is in May before Memorial Day. Little to no lines, still nice and warm. I rode this ride like 4 times.
  • FiveStarVacationHome
    FiveStarVacationHomeSeptember 13, 2011
    This here is the wildest ride in the wilderness! Check out the hidden Pooh bear on your right hand side upon returning back to the station!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJuly 11, 2016
    Explode some dynamite while you're waiting in line.
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DayDecember 31, 2011
    Don't send one person to the line and then have the rest of your party show up an hour later, shoving their way through the line. I waited, you can, too.
  • Duffy B.
    Duffy BearSeptember 4, 2013
    Riding at night gives TM a different thrill Riding during the day light hours you'll all the theming for the ride. Both times are great for me!
  • David L.
    David LubinFebruary 13, 2016
    If you're bigger than the person with whom you're riding, sit on their right, or you will crush them 😁
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LegnerFebruary 23, 2016
    Very fun ride. My 9 year old son really enjoyed, too. A must do at Magic Kingdom.
  • Santi C.
    Santi CaamañoSeptember 17, 2015
    Nice and easy coaster, don't ride it without FastPass, not really worth the wait... or maybe wait until AFTER the fireworks, it's nearly empty then.
  • Data T.
    Data TullyNovember 22, 2013
    If you sit in the front, the ride is more gentle. Best to ride in the back with the most momentum.
  • MusselWoman
    MusselWomanJuly 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit in the back row, turn your body sideways, and look backwards. It's a completely new experience. :-)
  • Drew M.
    Drew McLellanJanuary 18, 2014
    Incredible view of the entire Magic Kingdom at night. If you can time it with the fireworks - awesome!
  • Rebeka W.
    Rebeka WrightJune 11, 2011
    One of the best rides in WDW! Try going when the light parade is going on and try getting a seat in the back!
  • Suzanne S.
    Suzanne SheppardMay 19, 2014
    Be sure to spin the fans during the wait line and see a shadow animation clip.
  • Nicole D.
    Nicole De GrandaMay 30, 2014
    Want a more intense ride? Sit in the very back and face backward the whole entire ride. It's much more fun because you don't know what's coming.
  • Meredith K.
    Meredith KatabiJanuary 26, 2014
    My favorite ride of all time First time I have ridden it at the Magic Kingdom. Seems longer than the Disneyland one
  • Will G.
    Will GarrisonMarch 7, 2017
    Love this coaster! Way better at night and very back row is the most fun
  • Alex M.
    Alex MoodyNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a look at all the details in the queue personal favorite are the Lytum and Hyde boxes!
  • Laur L.
    Laur Lo SkiDecember 26, 2015
    Disappointed the camera function did not work for this ride. It was a pretty fun roller coaster, low thrill for sure, highly recommend using your FastPass for this ride.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DalmeidaAugust 25, 2010
    For a great and unique ride experience, try to time it so you are getting on during the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Absolutely unforgettable!
  • Leonard H.
    Leonard HansonNovember 26, 2015
    Fun but you may prefer the new seven dwarfs ride for a smoother ride.
  • Claire-Louise T.
    Claire-Louise TuthillSeptember 13, 2014
    One of the best rides in the park. Be sure to fast pass.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BabinskiDecember 17, 2013
    Great starter roller coaster. My 6 year old daughter loved it.
  • Alfred W.
    Alfred WhitingNovember 8, 2011
    Ride in the very back row facing backward ;) it's amazing!!!! It's faster and it seems longer
  • The Transit Navigator
    The Transit NavigatorJanuary 1, 2012
    A classic disney thrill ride, Big Thunder Mountain is perhaps one of the most beloved coasters in the park.
  • Aundrea S.
    Aundrea SmithApril 25, 2016
    Fantastic roller coaster! Best time to ride is during the parade or fireworks.
  • Ailie C.
    Ailie ChangNovember 12, 2015
    Love this ride! It's one of the longer roller coaster rides. I still fly out of my seat.
  • Stephen ..
    Stephen .October 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The names of the trains are U.R. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty, I.M. Fearless.
  • Jake H.
    Jake HandyAugust 13, 2014
    Always get FastPass for this! One of the shortest FastPass lines and longest Standby lines.
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