Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Frontierland, Magic Kingdom
Reader rating Reader rating 8.6 / 10

Main Details

  • Park
    Magic Kingdom
  • Land
  • Ride Type
  • Restraint
    Lap Bar
  • Thrill Level
  • Ride Duration
    3mins 25secs
  • Pre-Show
  • Post-Show
  • Gift Shop

Queue Details

  • FastPass+
  • FastPass+ Demand
  • Standby Line
  • Standby Wait
  • Single Rider Line
  • Interactive
  • Indoor Queue
  • Outdoor Queue
  • Comfort Level

Ride System

  • Type
    Steel Rollercoaster
  • Manufacturer
    Arrow Dynamics
  • Track Length
  • Max Speed
  • Seating Layout
    5 cars each seating 6 guests, 3 rows per car, 2 guests per row.
  • On-Board Audio


  • Height Req.
  • Age
    Under age 7 must be accompanied by person age 14+
  • Frightening Kids
  • Accessibility
    Must Transfer from Wheelchair/ECV

Extra Magic Hours

  • Morning EMH
  • Evening EMH


  • On Ride Photo

Important Dates

  • Grand Opening
    Sep 23 1980

Big Thunder Mountain is a rollercoaster-type attraction located in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom. Guests board a mine train at the Big Thunder Mining Co. for a trip through the mountain range.


Height/Age Requirement: At least 40" tall

Facts and Trivia

Trains: 6 trains, each featuring 1 engine and 5 cars.

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

Rider capacity: 6 guests per car gives a total of 30 guests per train.

Track length: 2780 ft.

Speed: 24-30mph.

Mountain Height: 100 ft

Ride duration: 3 mins 25 seconds.

Animatronics: There are 20 Audio Animatronic figures.

Height requirement: At least 40 inches tall.

Voices artist: The spiels for "the wildest ride in the wilderness" were recorded by Dallas McKennon who also provides the voices for Benjamin Franklin in The American Adventure.

Music List

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms (Melody: 1775; lyrics and music: 1807-1808)
The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1885)
The Blue Tail Fly, or, Jimmy Crack Corn (1846)
Clementine (Oh, My Darling Clementine - 1884)
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane (1865)
Home on the Range (c.1873)
Little Brown Jug (1869)
The Red River Valley (1896)
Shenandoah (c.1826)
Sweet Genevieve (1869)
Turkey in the Straw, or, Old Zip Coon (1834)
When You and I Were Young, Maggie (1866)

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