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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Theme Park Ride / Attraction
Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista
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  • 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)
    Hailey P.
    "Such a fun ride but the wait can be very long!"(6 Tips)
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  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!! 👍👍
  • 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.
  • Imported Fun
    Imported Fun1 week ago
    One of the kids favorites with repeated trips - but they also never got a chance to see the dwarf mine!
  • 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.
  • 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! :)
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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 😁
  • 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.
  • Drew M.
    Drew McLellanJanuary 18, 2014
    Incredible view of the entire Magic Kingdom at night. If you can time it with the fireworks - awesome!
  • Hailey P.
    Hailey PatriceDecember 31, 2016
    Such a fun ride but the wait can be very long! Take advantage of the fast pass option!
  • Suzanne S.
    Suzanne SheppardMay 19, 2014
    Be sure to spin the fans during the wait line and see a shadow animation clip.
  • 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. :-)
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LegnerFebruary 23, 2016
    Very fun ride. My 9 year old son really enjoyed, too. A must do at Magic Kingdom.
  • 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.
    Love this coaster! Way better at night and very back row is the most fun
  • 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.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MoodyNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Take a look at all the details in the queue here...my personal favorite are the Lytum and Hyde boxes!
  • 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.
  • Marques R.
    Marques RobinsonMarch 15, 2011
    The names of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad trains are: U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty, I.M. Fearless.
  • 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.
  • NewWaveDave W.
    NewWaveDave WJune 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ride is even better at night. The Gs on the turns are amazing.
  • Shawn B.
    Shawn BonneauDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you are in the last row, look behind you as you go down the second hill. You'll loose your stomach! - WaltCast Podcast
  • Summer D.
    Summer DavisApril 27, 2013
    Ask the attendant about baby swap if you have any youngins or scaredy cats in your group.
  • Fred M.
    Fred MarshallJanuary 26, 2013
    I can't go on this more than twice in a row without feeling queasy...but it's so worth it!
  • Jake H.
    Jake HandyAugust 13, 2014
    Always get FastPass for this! One of the shortest FastPass lines and longest Standby lines.
  • David M.
    David MayMay 28, 2016
    When waiting in line if you spin the handles on the fans a light goes on revealing a short shadow movie
  • Chelsea H.
    Chelsea HudlowOctober 4, 2011
    The line for this usually gets really long, so make sure to get a fast pass!
  • Rusty V.
    Rusty Van PraagJanuary 9, 2015
    Personally, I would say best coaster in the park! Not too crazy not too slow.
  • 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.
  • ᔕᑫᑌᗩᗷᗷᒪY
    ᔕᑫᑌᗩᗷᗷᒪYFebruary 14, 2016
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  • Aurora M.
    Aurora MooreSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a hot que line so bring a bottle of water if the line is super long!
  • Bob A.
    Bob AdamsFebruary 14, 2016
    Definitely a must ride. Good one to use a fast pass on.
  • Brad C.
    Brad ChristianSeptember 30, 2015
    A classic! Hands in the air and sit towards the back for a bit more thrill.
  • Noah D.
    Noah Della PietroJuly 27, 2015
    grab a fast pass! line is always an hour or more, awesome ride!
  • 💀Kara S.👊
    💀Kara S.👊November 6, 2013
    So awesome. Love this ride. Hidden stuff in line and on the ride.
  • Mallorie G.
    Mallorie GreinerFebruary 26, 2015
    Like everyone else said, ride in the back! One of my favorites.
  • ᔕᑫᑌᗩᗷᗷᒪY
    ᔕᑫᑌᗩᗷᗷᒪYFebruary 14, 2016
    There's a hidden tinker Bell on the rock as you ext. Try to find it!
  • Karaoke Gawd B.
    Long line, I recommend you put it in your fast pass list!
  • Stephen ..
    Stephen .October 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The ride lasts for 3:26 minutes and has a top speed of 30 mph.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle SandersNovember 14, 2015
    The rides awesome and it's best when the night fireworks are going off!
  • Roberto A.
    Roberto AJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    awesome. Love this ride. I little bit more than the 7
  • Ron C.
    Ron CarmichaelSeptember 27, 2013
    Don't wait for the front... Train engine blocks your view and the ride is actually less exciting.
  • Betty Jo T.
    Betty Jo ThamanNovember 11, 2013
    Watch the fireworks from here if you don't need the whole castle experience.
  • Jason F.
    Jason FlemingFebruary 28, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Almost a different ride at nightfall, best views of the park.
  • Steven Z.
    Steven ZimmermanJuly 14, 2014
    fun for all, just make sure you have a good grip on your cell if you're trying to take photos or video
  • Matt C.
    Matt CramerJuly 1, 2016
    Fun roller coaster and usually the least crowded in the Magic Kingdom.
  • Brett S.
    Brett SalzerMarch 29, 2011
    The best "starter" coaster for your young or young at heart riders.
  • Jessi W.
    Jessi WJune 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ride during the nightly fireworks for a truly magical experience!
  • cj M.
    cj MervMay 14, 2016
    A fast train ride that our 6yrs and 4yrs loved
  • Bobbi S.
    Bobbi SchmidtSeptember 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ride this Mountain at night with a clear sky and see a star-filled sky. AWESOME!
  • Hanan M.
    Hanan MalAugust 29, 2015
    A childhood favorite. Never miss it!
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HMay 27, 2014
    Best ride in the park! Ride in back!
  • Jameson B.
    Jameson BamrickMay 3, 2011
    Look for a tiny hidden Mickey on the wooden plank bridge right when you're walking into the standby line.
  • Mary R.
    Mary RichardsAugust 4, 2011
    Look for the hidden Mickey as the train sled down. Large gears on the ground on the right.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FisherDecember 26, 2014
    Best ride all day fast pass for the win
  • Jordan S.
    Jordan SchallerApril 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The cast members here are the greatest!!
  • Joe Critelli Jr
    Joe Critelli JrDecember 16, 2011
    Try and get on the back cars on this ride. The front is no good.
  • Ethan
    EthanOctober 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It feels like really tall people would get decapitated on this ride. Watch your head!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SNovember 23, 2012
    For the best ride try & hop on the last train car!
  • Hate 9.
    Hate 9December 29, 2011
    Make sure you get a fast pass. We didn't & we've been in line 2 hours already.
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GarbeJanuary 6, 2013
    Dean says this is the wildest ride in the wilderness.
  • Johnathan W.
    Johnathan WilliamsJuly 5, 2016
    FastPass, good photos, beginner coaster
  • Clarissa M.
    Clarissa McDanielOctober 4, 2016
    Great coaster without being too intense.
  • Tammy
    TammyOctober 26, 2015
    You could ride this ride 10 times in a row and not get sick of it!
  • Pookie :.
    Pookie :)September 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The last car is the best to sit for a faster ride
  • Jim
    JimOctober 12, 2015
    One of the best rides at Magic Kingdom!!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SeedykJanuary 4, 2012
    If you are looking for a thrill, skip this one -- the 5 minutes I waited with. FastPass was too long for a ride this mediocre. Great only if you have little ones.
  • Grace Y.
    Grace YbarraJanuary 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not ever ever ride this when it's cold. It's 36 degrees now and they have to slow the train down. They wouldn't even let us sit in the back for fear that the train might fall off the tracks.
  • Jeanne W.
    Jeanne WestphalenApril 2, 2013
    If you can time it right nothing is cooler than riding during the fireworks
  • Zach J.
    Zach JaydonFebruary 18, 2013
    Contrary to popular belief, 3 grown men WILL fit into one car!
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinDecember 22, 2015
    A real classic runaway train rollercoaster.
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HaackeJanuary 15, 2014
    If your around 6'5 I suggest kneepads.
  • Suzane P.
    Suzane PaesMay 24, 2016
    Parece com a montanha dos sete anões, outro brinquedo. Só subidas e descidas, não fica de cabeça para baixo (para quem não curte). Um dos mais divertidos em um parque mais contemplativo.
  • Danton C.
    Divertido! Use o FP+ ou chegue cedo, mas não deixe de fazer. E para toda a família!
  • Evandro S.
    Evandro StangerAugust 9, 2013
    Vale a pena usar o fast pass aqui!! Montanha russa super bacana e rápida!!
  • Beto A.
    Beto AlcaláJuly 22, 2015
    Buenísimo, no es tan fuerte pero vale la pena. Mucho. Demasiado.
  • Rafael F.
    Rafael FloresDecember 25, 2016
    Es una buena atracción para los más chicos no es muy fuerte y es divertida
  • Pedro Matias C.
    Pedro Matias CostaJune 3, 2015
    Imperdible. Sencillo pero rendidor y muy Friendly.
  • Paola C.
    Paola COctober 12, 2014
    Es un clásico. No te lo puedes perder!
  • Pedro H.
    Clásico. No deje de vitarlo
  • Julyane L.
    Julyane LimaJanuary 18
    Gosto muito desta atração mas se tiver que escolher, prefiro a Space Mountain
  • Joao Pedro V.
    Joao Pedro VazMarch 1, 2015
    Maneiro mas é muito fraca,recomendo pra quem quiser ir com crianças por que é muito levinha.
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