Ride Big Thunder Mountain at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Theme Park
In the late 1800's, a group of prospectors found gold in the hills of Big Thunder Mountain. The little town of Tumbleweed became an instant success and the prospectors established The Tumbleweed Mining Company. The tiny town experience a few years of prosperity. Little did the towns people know that the very land where they broke ground was actually a sacred place to the earlier inhabitants. It was then that the town of Tumbleweed, on the foothills on Big Thunder Mountain, experienced a complete turn around. As easy as success came to the bustling town, so did its downfall.
Today, you can visit the ghost town at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Experience the adventure as you take to the town, walk through some of the old abandoned building that still stand as there were over one hundred years ago. After you make it through the once flourishing town, jump on the old steam train that runs through the foothills and peaks of Big Thunder Mountain. However, you must stay on your toes because you never know what lies around the bend. It has been said that the ride get a bit rough after a somewhat smooth take-off. So, hold on to your hat as you navigate through breakneck bends and dangerous dips.
There you have it, a brief history of The Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain. Of course, the story may not be exactly 100% historically accurate, but you will not think that is the case as you make your way through Frontierland to the tiny town of Tumbleweed. No matter which part of the story you believe, Big Thunder Mountain will give you and your family a southwestern adventure of a lifetime.
The ride itself is one of the most famous rides in all of Walt Disney World. Actually, the first Big Thunder Mountain opened in Disneyland, California in 1979. The bigger and faster Big Thunder Mountain opened in 1980, at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Built by Disney's talented Imagineers, it is easy to see why this is one of the most famous rides in the world of Walt Disney.
Quick Facts About Big Thunder Mountain
So, you know the story, you know the a bit of the history about the ride and now it is time for some fun facts about Big Thunder Mountain.
If you are a more outgoing adventure-seeker and you want a wee bit of a faster experience, there are a few things that you can do. One, try to make your way to the back of the train. For some reason, when you sit in the back, you get more of a feeling of acceleration. Two, get on the train in the afternoon. In the afternoon, the hottest part of the afternoon, the lubrication of the tracks of the railroad begins to melt a bit, jumping the high speed a few more miles per hour. In fact, the Big Thunder Mountain rail carts can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour in the morning and can reach up to 35 miles per hour in the afternoon.
Does any of the landscape look familiar? Well, if you are from the southwest it should. The idea and design of Big Thunder Mountain is taken directly from the Grand Canyon. From the color of the rocks, to the shape of the boulders, the mountain is built to look like what you would see in the southwestern region of the United States.
Big Thunder Mountain is one of the most famous rides found in the family of Walt Disney World theme parks, so take a little trip there and experience why for yourself.
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