How did I miss this among the many “Best Things” articles I have written. Not only is it one of my favorite attractions it is a true Walt Disney World Classic. It has been around for more than thirty years pleasing park visitors of all ages. There are some attractions that can be a bit rough on the older and younger folks but this one is truly a family friendly coaster. Personally I enjoy this one as much for the theme as I do the ride itself and never miss a chance to take multiple rides every visit.
One thing that keeps folks from enjoying the theme that the Imagineers have worked so hard to put together is a nervous anticipation of riding a real roller coaster. Sure it has some curves and just a little bit of speed (not a lot) but it’s smooth and doesn’t bounce you around very much at all. Compared to Space Mountain it’s the “smoothest ride in the west’.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the detail that surrounds you. The very best time to check out the scenery is as the mine car train climbs many of the hills and then you can hold on as you start down those same hills. Another way to learn to appreciate the theme is to just ride the attraction and you will see just how tame this coaster really is and then on your next ride you will feel relaxed enough to do some looking around.
Don’t pass up Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because it is truly one of the fun attractions at WDW. As always, enjoy your visit to Walt Disney World!!