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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Disneyland Park

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After a 14-month long refurbishment Big Thunder Mountain Railroad returned to operation at Disneyland Park on March 14, 2014. The renovation work included a complete track replacement and new trains by Dynamic Attractions, re-painting the mountain and enhancements to the rides' show scenes.

One of the Disney mountains, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, has become a well-loved, classic attraction and one of Disneyland's most popular rides. Originally opened on September 2, 1979, this roller coaster is themed to resemble a runaway mine train that takes Disneyland guests on a wild ride through mine shafts, bat caves, dark caverns and through water features. Walt Disney Imagineering designed this mine train roller coaster with three sections, separated by three lift hills, each sporting their own theme.

See related: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Pictures

Roller Coaster Stats

Year Track Type Designer
2014 Steel Mine Train Walt Disney Imagineering, Dynamic Attractions
  • Height
  • Length
  • Top Speed
    miles per hour
  • Ride Time
    3 minutes, 15 seconds
    minutes : seconds
  • Number Of Trains
    6 - 30 passenger

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Facts & History

The original Big Thunder Mountain Railroad closed on January 7, 2013.

Train names: U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty, I.M. Fearless

Big Thunder Mountain is designed to operate with a maximum of five trains on the circuit.

This is the first roller coaster to use Linear Induction Motors for the purpose of accelerating the trains out of the station and for parking the trains in the car storage area. The LIMs can be used to move the train in both directions.

Opening date: March 14, 2014

Train has five cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.

Height requirement: Riders must be at least 40 inches tall

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