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Encyclopedia > Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Land Frontierland
Theme Parks Walt Disney Parks
Locations and Opening Dates
Disneyland September 2, 1979
Magic Kingdom September 23, 1980
Tokyo Disneyland July 4, 1987
Disneyland Paris April 12, 1992

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a roller-coaster attraction at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks. Image File history File links BigThunderMountainRailroadattractionposter. ... Frontierland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by Disney around the world. ... Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is the division of The Walt Disney Company that conceives, builds and manages the theme parks and vacation resorts for which Disney is famous, as well as a variety of additional family-oriented leisure enterprises. ... September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... This article is about a theme park in Anaheim, California USA. For other Disney parks and attractions, see Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ... Tokyo Disneyland ) is one of two theme parks in the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ... Castle of the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland Park Disneyland Resort Paris is a theme park in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris. ...

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History

The Bryce Canyon inspired Hoodoos of Big Thunder in Disneyland as seen from the Big Thunder Trail that passed behind Big Thunder Mountain.
The Bryce Canyon inspired Hoodoos of Big Thunder in Disneyland as seen from the Big Thunder Trail that passed behind Big Thunder Mountain.

The attraction first opened at Disneyland in 1979, with the Magic Kingdom's larger version opening in 1980. The other two versions are called simply Big Thunder Mountain; Tokyo Disneyland's version opened in 1987, and Disneyland Paris's opened in 1992. Hong Kong Disneyland does not have a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction, or a Frontierland, for that matter. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (572x800, 155 KB) Summary w:Thunder Mountain Railroad w:hoodoos w:Disneyland Taken by Ellen Levy Finch (User:Elf) Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): User... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (572x800, 155 KB) Summary w:Thunder Mountain Railroad w:hoodoos w:Disneyland Taken by Ellen Levy Finch (User:Elf) Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): User... Hoodoos East of Drumheller, Alberta Hoodoos are tall thin spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and badlands. ... The fountain featuring Mickey Mouse in the Park Promenade next to Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong Disneyland (Traditional Chinese: ) is the first theme park inside the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, which is owned and managed by the Hong Kong International Theme Parks, an incorporated company jointly owned by The Walt... Frontierland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by Disney around the world. ...


The ride is a relatively mild indoor/outdoor roller coaster based on the concept of a runaway train careening through an abandoned mine complex. In contrast to Space Mountain, where the tracks are largely hidden from view, the thrills are meant to come from the perceived instability of the mine and its threats to collapse. A typical roller coaster The roller coaster is a popular amusement ride developed for amusement parks and modern theme parks. ... Space Mountain is the name given to a popular series of enclosed roller coaster rides at five Walt Disney theme parks around the world. ...


Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain's design is based on the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. All the other parks' versions are based on the rising buttes that are located in Utah/Arizona's Monument Valley. Hoodoos East of Drumheller, Alberta Hoodoos are tall thin spires of rock that protrude from the bottom of arid basins and badlands. ... Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park located in southwestern Utah in the United States. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Official language(s) English Spoken language(s) English 74. ... Monument Valley from the valley floor. ...


Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was designed by Imagineer Tony Baxter and ride design engineer, Bill Watkins. The concept comes from Baxter's work on the runaway mine train segment of Marc Davis' Western River Expedition showroom, Thunder Mesa. Tony Baxter is a Scottish footballer. ... Western River Expedition (WRE) is a Disney ride that was designed but never built. ...


Attraction facts

Disneyland

Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain passes through a village reused from Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland, the attraction that previously occupied the location.
  • Grand opening: September 2, 1979
  • Designers: WED Enterprises Tony Baxter
  • Manufacturer: WED Enterprises
  • Build Type: Steel Tube Tri-Rail Design
  • Propulsion Method: 3 Main Lift Hills with LIM boosters in the station and brake areas
  • Vehicles: 6. Only 5 trains can be used on Big Thunder Mountain at a time.
    • Cars per train: 5
    • Guests per train: 30
    • Train names:
      • U.B. Bold
      • U.R. Daring
      • U.R. Courageous
      • I.M. Brave (since replaced by I.M. Loco)
      • I.B. Hearty
      • I.M. Fearless
  • Length: 2671 ft (814 m)
  • Height: 50 ft (15 m)
  • Highest rock: 104 ft (32 m)
  • Top speed: 36 mph (45 km/h)
  • Ride duration: 3:14
  • Height requirement: 40 in (1.02 m)
  • Total site area: 2.5 acres
  • Total track length: 2,780 linear feet
  • Lifts: 3 train lifts - two indoor and one outdoors
  • Maximum Train Dispatch Interval: Varies upon how many trains are running. with one train 99.0 seconds with five trains 46.0 seconds
  • Minimium Train Dispatch Interval: 42 Seconds
  • Ride system: Steel - Sit Down
  • Ride Control System: Custom PLC Controlled (See also Allen-Bradley)
  • Extra options:

Disneyland's version of the ride is the only one which has the town located right above the waiting line. there is a saloon, a hotel, and other buildings located right next to the track. Also, the waiting line is the opposite version of the Florida line. Guests go down into a small courtyard filled with mining tools and get to see the conclusion of the ride up close before going up into an open air boarding area, rather than starting up top and going down into a dark cavern to board. Image File history File linksMetadata ThunderMtnVillage_wb. ... Image File history File linksMetadata ThunderMtnVillage_wb. ... September 2 is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Walt Disney Imagineering was formed by entertainment mogul Walt Disney on December 16, 1952 as WED Enterprises (WED: Walter Elias Disney) to develop plans for a theme park and to manage Disneys personal assets. ... Tony Baxter is a Scottish footballer. ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... A Milwaukee-based company that specializes in industrial control and automation products. ... FASTPASS® is an innovation from The Walt Disney Company to allow guests to skip past long lines at its theme parks. ...


Magic Kingdom

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride at the Magic Kingdom, December 2004.
  • Soft opening: September 23, 1980
  • Grand Opening November 15, 1980
  • Designers: WED Enterprises
  • Manufacturer: Arrow Dynamics
  • Ride duration: 3:25
  • Ride system: Steel - Sit Down
  • Category: Mine Train
  • Length: 2780'
  • Speed: 36 mph
  • Elements: 3 Lift hills
  • Trains: 6 trains with 5 cars per train. Only 5 trains may be operated at a time. Riders are arranged 2 or 3 across in 3 rows for a maximum of 45 riders per train.
  • Extra options:
  • Height Required: 40 inches.
  • safty elements: single steel bar

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Tokyo Disneyland

Big Thunder Mountain Entrance at Tokyo Disneyland
Big Thunder Mountain Entrance at Tokyo Disneyland
  • Grand opening: July 4, 1987
  • Designers: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Manufacturer: Arrow Dynamics
  • Sponsor: The Dai-Ichi Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Ride duration: 3:40
  • Height requirement: 102 cm
  • Ride system: Roller Coaster
  • Extra options:

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Disneyland Paris

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Paris showing the Monument Valley inspired scenery.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Paris showing the Monument Valley inspired scenery.
  • Grand opening: April 12, 1992
  • Designers: Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Manufacturer: Vekoma
  • Ride System: Roller Coaster
  • Ride Model: Vekoma Custom MK-900 M
  • Capacity: 2424 riders per hour (RPH)
  • Length: 4921' 3"
  • Height: 72' 2"
  • Top Speed: 40.4 mph
  • Ride Duration: 3:56
  • Number of Trains: 6 trains with 5 cars per train
  • Height requirement: 39 in (1.02 m)
  • Extra options:

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Accidents

  • A guest, Marcelo Torres, was killed on the Disneyland incarnation in a derailment on September 5, 2003, purportedly as a result of neglected ride maintenance. [1] The court case surrounding this was settled out of court in 2005 and a scholarship fund was set up at Brooks College, a Southern California university, in Torres' name for aspiring animators as Torres was seeking a career in animation.[2] Investigation reports confirmed Mr. Torres’s fatal injuries occurred when the first passenger car collided with the underside of the locomotive. The derailment was in part the result of a mechanical failure, which occurred as a result of, among other things, omissions during a maintenance procedure of at least two required actions, the left side upstop/guide wheel on the floating axle of the locomotive was not tightened in accordance with specifications; and a safety wire was not installed and/or completed the necessary maintenance required by said tagging system, all with knowledge of Disney management. [3] Originally, the mock steam locomotives had four large wheels followed by two smaller wheels, making them 0-4-2s in locomotive terminology. In order to decrease the chances of another mechanical failure, the second set of larger wheels on all incarnations of the ride were removed in 2004.

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Trivia

  • The sound effects of the actual ride train going on the tracks were used in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) for the mine cart sequence.
  • At Disneyland, this attraction replaced the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland. The town you pass through at the end of the ride was a part of that old attraction, and many of the animal animatronics throughout the attraction were originally from Nature's Wonderland.
  • In Disneyland's queue is a train locomotive supposedly used in Hot Lead and Cold Feet.
  • The Disneyland Paris version of Big Thunder Mountain is significantly larger than the American and Japanese versions. The ride is located on its own island in that park's Rivers of the Far West.
  • In 2006, artist Banksy placed an inflatable doll dressed as a Guantanamo Bay detainment camp prisoner (orange jumpsuit, black hood and handcuffs) beside the tracks.
  • There are sound effects of the train on the ride, including the whistle sound, even though there is no real whistle on the locomotives. The whistle appears to be only heard on the Disneyland version.
  • The queues at Disneyland contain remains of the Rainbow Ridge from the previous attraction that was on the site of where Big Thunder Mountain is; The Mine Train Thru Natures Wonderland, earlier known as the Rainbow Caverns Mine Train.
  • The remains of the Rainbow Caverns are seen during the first lift on the ride.

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References

  1. ^ themeparkinsider. ""Our own analysis found that the accident was caused by incorrectly performed maintenance tasks required by Disneyland policy and procedures that resulted in a mechanical failure," park spokesperson Leslie Goodman told the L.A. Times." http://www.themeparkinsider.com/news/response.cfm?ID=1389
  2. ^ Brooks College. "In the statement, Torres' parents, Jaime and Carmen Torres, announced the establishment of an art scholarship at Brooks College, from which their son, who studied graphic design, graduated in 2003." http://www.nbc4.tv/news/5453261/detail.html
  3. ^ Wrongful Death Of Son On Disney's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (2005) http://www.aitkenlaw.com/verdicts_settlements/disneys_big_thunder_mountain.html

See also

Disneyland is a theme park within the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California conceived by Walt Disney. ... This article will replace: List of current Magic Kingdom attractions List of past Magic Kingdom attractions Magic Kingdom entertainment history The Magic Kingdom is a theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. ... // Main article: Main Street, U.S.A. Main article: Fantasyland Alices Tea Party Castle Carrousel Cinderella Castle Dumbo the Flying Elephant its a small world Mickey Mouse Revue Peter Pans Flight Pinocchios Daring Journey Poohs Hunny Hunt Snow Whites Adventures The Haunted Mansion Cinderella...

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Official links

  • Disneyland - Attraction Profile
  • Magic Kingdom - Attraction Profile
  • Tokyo Disneyland - Attraction Profile
  • Disneyland Paris - Attraction Profile
  • The thunder mountain ride operator simulator

Additional links

  • MousePlanet's Investigation over Disneyland's accidents on Big Thunder Mountain

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (598 words)
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a roller-coaster attraction at the Disneyland, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris theme parks.
The Bryce Canyon inspired Hoodoos of Thunder Mountain in Disneyland as seen from the Big Thunder Trail that passed behind Big Thunder Mountain.
In contrast to Space Mountain, where the tracks are largely hidden from view, the thrills are meant to come from the perceived instability of the mine and its threats to collapse.
DLP: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (400 words)
Big Thunder Mountain is one of the most popular rides in the park, and although the queueing times aren't as long as they once were, (before Space Mountain opened), guests can still expect at 45 minute or longer queueing time as the day lengthens.
Big Thunder Mountain is an excellent attraction to ride later in the evening, but if you want to get onto it without a long queue it's going to be a case of heading straight for it quickly when the park fist opens its gates in the morning.
Big Thunder Mountain is not suitable for those with nect, back or heart complaints, and carries a minimum height restriction of 40 inches (1.02M), and a minimum age restriction of 8 years.
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