Disneyland Rides Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Disney Scary Roller Coaster POV California 2016

2015 Disneyland Rides & POV Attraction Videos at Disneyland in California 2016, Disney world Florida. Big Thunder Mountain railroad scary roller coaster train by Imagineer Tony Baxter and ride design engineer Bill Watkins. The concept came from Baxter’s work on fellow Imagineer Marc Davis’s concept for the Western River Expedition, a western-themed pavilion at the Magic Kingdom, designed to look like an enormous plateau and contain many rides, including a runaway mine train roller coaster. However, because the pavilion as a whole, was deemed too expensive in light of the 1973 construction and opening of Pirates of the Caribbean, Baxter proposed severing the mine train and building it as a separate attraction.

The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad project was put on hold again in 1974 as resources and personnel were being diverted to work on constructing Space Mountain over in Tomorrowland, but this delay may have ultimately produced a smoother ride as the use of computers in attraction design was just beginning when the project was resumed. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was one of the first Disney rides to utilize computer-aided design.[2] The attraction first opened at Disneyland in 1979, with the Magic Kingdom’s larger version in Florida opening in 1980. Tokyo Disneyland added its own version in 1987 and in 1992, Euro Disneyland (now named Disneyland Paris) opened with Big Thunder Mountain as an opening day attraction. Tributes to predecessor Serveral tributes to the Mine Train Through Natures Wonderland are present at the Disneyland version. A scaled-down western town sits adjacent to the queuing lines and tracks returning to station. A Western saloon, hotel, assayer’s office and mercantile appear among the buildings. This is the village of Rainbow Ridge, which used to overlook the loading platform of the sedate Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland. Disneyland’s version of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad was built on the land the Mine Train used to occupy. Many of the animal animatronics throughout the attraction are animatronic animals from the previous attraction. Other allusions to the Mine Train through Nature’s Wonderland include:

the Rainbow Caverns (glowing pools of water by the first lift hill)
precariously balanced rocks in the third lift hill
The name of the ride itself, “Big Thunder”, was originally the name of an enormous waterfall the train passed on the tour. “Little Thunder” was located nearby.


At the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland, the ride is known by its full name of “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad”. The Tokyo and Paris versions would drop the word “Railroad” in favor of the name “Big Thunder Mountain”. Tokyo Disneyland’s Big Thunder, which is almost identical to the Magic Kingdom’s, opened in 1987, five years after the park opened. At Magic Kingdom and Disneyland, the name of the ride is sometimes shortened to “Big Thunder Mountain”, “Thunder Mountain Railroad”, or even just “Thunder Mountain”.

Imagineers rethought the attraction for Disneyland Paris, creating a layout mostly based on the Disneyland’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad but with several significant changes to both the layout and accompanying structure.

The revised European ride takes the form of a large island in the center of the Rivers of the Far West, accessed from its riverside station by tunnels underneath the water. The attraction in Disneyland Paris is the only Big Thunder Mountain to have been an opening day attraction at the park. Hong Kong Disneyland does not have a Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction (or a western-themed Frontierland, for that matter). However, Grizzly Gulch has a theme similar to Frontierland. The main attraction, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars, carries a similar theme to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
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  1. doubleg137
    doubleg137 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    Interesting.. but I never quite got the allure of roller coasters. I won't deny others their version of fun, but I would ask the same of others to allow me my fun..

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  2. Howard Neely
    Howard Neely 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    i love DISNEY THEME PARKS.They are fun

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  3. Howard Neely
    Howard Neely 18 June, 2016, 04:35
  4. Mark miller
    Mark miller 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    I hope I can find a first person view of space mountain.

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  5. Zaradi Parice
    Zaradi Parice 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else needs to find out about how to apply for a railroad job try Debuncar Railroad Jobs Aid (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my buddy got amazing success with it.

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  6. Johnathon Paganelli
    Johnathon Paganelli 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    I love your videos!

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  7. Star Lord
    Star Lord 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    I'm pretty sure that infamous means that it is well known for something bad

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  8. Lucy Arsenault
    Lucy Arsenault 18 June, 2016, 04:35
  9. Rosie Boop
    Rosie Boop 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    I'm the ? comet

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  10. Juliana Cook
    Juliana Cook 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    We are going to Disneyland sometime this year we just don't know the exact date. I'm so excited I haven't gone in 4 or 5 years

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  11. Ayleen Kotis
    Ayleen Kotis 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    Thanks for filming these because I'm going to Disneyland in April 2016 for my sisters 1st birthday so I wanna go on a lot of rides!

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  12. Marvelous Mny
    Marvelous Mny 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    omg I cant wait to get on this.

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  13. Monica Martinez
    Monica Martinez 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    Ahhh that music man reference in the end tho

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  14. Natalia Martinez Miranda
    Natalia Martinez Miranda 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    one of my favorite rides

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  15. Jade Gem
    Jade Gem 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    I love your videos

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  16. Julia MSP
    Julia MSP 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    To really get a good experience you gotta get in 11 or 12

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  17. Able Nicole Halyard
    Able Nicole Halyard 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    I love that ride a:

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  18. HRM Apuan
    HRM Apuan 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    It's sad they'll bringing this down soon and replacing it with Star Wars. They should just keep this classic ride – a lot of memories in this?

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  19. dwedwed
    dwedwed 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    Right at that moment, I screamed, GOOOOOAAAATT!

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  20. Ballsdeepinmoney
    Ballsdeepinmoney 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    this ride is the bomb especially if you sit in the very back seat. We rode it like 6 times in a row. Just ask to sit in the back, you might wait a little bit, but so worth it

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  21. Kristina Harmes
    Kristina Harmes 18 June, 2016, 04:35

    i went on when i was about 4 or 5 or 6.i stubbed my toe. never went on it again since .-.

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