Magic Kingdom is known for its many mountains. From Space Mountain in Tomorrowland to Splash Mountain and Thunder Mountain in Frontierland, these attractions are the biggest thrills in the park! If you’ve got big love for the wildest ride in the wilderness, you’re in luck. Today we’re sharing five fun facts about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!
Trains On The Track
Did you know that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has six trains in total? To help keep up with them, each train has its own name. Whether you’re riding in I.B Hearty, I.M Brave, I.M Fearless, U.B Bold, U.R Courageous, or U.R Daring, you’re in for a wild ride! Don’t forget to check which train you’re riding on next time you visit.
Within the queue you’ll notice a portrait of the founder and president of the Big Thunder Mining Company, Mr. Barabas T. Bullion. This painting is more than just theming and decoration though. It’s actually a nod to Disney Imagineer Tony Baxter who was a major part of the attraction’s creation! Disney is known for incorporating their Imagineers into attractions, so this is a fun nod to look for.
Many of Walt Disney World’s queues have interactive queues to help pass the time in line for guests, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one of them! While waiting to ride the wildest ride in the wilderness, you can be a part of the mining of the mountain by setting off “explosives.”
Tiki Tie In
Ready for another hidden Disney detail? There’s a nod to Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room within the second room of the queue. You’ll find a birdcage hanging with the name Rosita on it. When the birdcages descend during Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Jose wonders where Rosita is. Thanks to this empty cage within the attraction queue, we now know what happened to her!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is such a popular attraction that it can be found at four different Disney parks. It first opened in Anaheim at Disneyland Resort in 1979. The next Thunder Mountain to open was in Magic Kingdom only a year later in 1980. Tokyo Disneyland opened Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Westernland on July 4, 1987. The last Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to open was at Disneyland Paris in 1992! This coaster is fun for guests both big and small, so it’s no wonder that it’s becoming a classic Disney attraction around the globe.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad has been taking guests on the wildest ride in the wilderness for almost two decades! This attraction is definitely a must do for thrill seekers visiting the Magic Kingdom, so don’t forget to make your way to Frontierland on your next vacation to Walt Disney World.