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|Opening Date: November 15th, 1980|
|Ride Length: 3.5 minutes||Minimum Height: 40"|
|Handicapped Access: Wheelchair guests must transfer.|
|Fastpass: Yes||Rider Swap: Yes|
|Attraction Type(s): Mine Train Roller Coaster, Steel Roller Coaster|
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is themed as an old mine cart ride, where you board a small mine train. As you leave the station you enter a dark tunnel which makes a tight left turn. You can hear the sounds of bats as you rush through the dark mountain. The turn makes a slight right turn and ascends up a hill. Once you reach the top the ride slows and then makes a fast drop to the left before rushing around the mountainside and over two hills. You then go back up another hill and then down through the small abandoned town of "Tumbleweed". The Walt Disney Railroad passes next to this so if your lucky (and quick) you can wave to other guests!
The ride then takes you through a short tunnel called "Dave V Jones" mine and climbs the second hill. At the top, the train slows down before dropping to the left and crossing under the hill before going down a helix style drop and then over another hill before passing the Rivers of America and returning to the station.
This is another one of the top attractions at the Magic Kingdom and should not be missed!