2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Countdown to 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend #49

#49 - Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

From the Walt Disney World website:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a rollicking runaway train of a roller coaster that rushes through the gold-mining town of Tumbleweed in the Frontierland area at Magic Kingdom theme park.

A ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad provides mild but wild thrills to those aboard—from big kids and teens to adults not up for the really big thrills found on the other 2 Magic Kingdom "mountain" attractions: Space Mountain and Splash Mountain.

But this ain't no kiddie coaster either. Climb aboard, partners, and you'll be warned to "hang onto your hats and glasses 'cause this here's the wildest ride in the wilderness."

Listen to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad wheels chug-chug, then ratchet and race across seemingly rickety tracks. Swoop around sweeping turns and tear up rolling hills that dip or drop into canyons and caverns, slip under a booming waterfall or swish through the ribs of a dinosaur skeleton.

The steam whistle blows-another curve is coming up Better hold on!

And keep your eyes open, there are spectacular sights through the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad gold-mining camp and cactus-scattered desertscape. Be on a lookout for critters. A bleating billy goat guards a mountain peak. A family of opossums hangs overhead at the entrance to a cave. Bats, chickens and donkeys complete the Old Western-themed scenes.

Thar's Gold in the Big Thunder Mine!

Or there once was, so goes the legend. Gold hounds made a mad rush to the 2.5-acre Big Thunder Mountain and settled in the town of Tumbleweed. Everything was fine as cream gravy until a flash flood washed over the mountain and ruined any chances of mining more gold. But this didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

Dismissing the fact the Tumbleweed saloon's in danger of sinking, the townsfolk gather in their favorite watering hole to cash in their current riches for a raucously good time before heading for drier digs.

Wait, not everyone's here. Have you seen Cousin Ed? There he goes! Clad in his longjohns, he's caught up in the flood and is spinning through the waters while sitting in his bathtub. Doesn't he look surprised!

The other big surprise for the town is that the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad trains that transported the gold ore from mining sites to the town have developed a mind of their own and they're running loose on the tracks—climb aboard!

For some added fun, take a ride in the daylight, then again under the night sky. You might catch something you didn't see or hear with each trip you take on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

Why am I looking forward to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?
Let's be honest, the queue isnt' the most excited if you have a long wait, but it still has some charm.  The little details are fun to look at.    As soon as you enter, you're immersed in the Big Thunder Mining Company.

The ride is fantastic.  I would call this a tame roller coaster, although I know there are those out there that think it is pretty wild.  There are no inversions, the drops are relatively small but will give you a little bit of off the seat time.  The turns are well placed and balanced and will send you from one side of the car to the other.  It's not a long ride so I encourage everyone to give it a try at least once.

Now, a lot of people don't like riding this one in the rain, but I do.  I love it - it makes me feel like a little kid splashing in puddles riding around in the rain.  Don't be afraid - it's just water and you will dry off (eventually)!

If you're looking for speed, ask for the very last car.  This will give you the best ride with the most intensity.  Love the back car.  If you want a tamer rider, ask for the very first car.  You'll find the first car a little slower as the train hasn't picked up speed yet.

My absolute favorite time to ride Big Thunder is at night.  It just adds a spooky, amazing quality to the ride.  If you time it right, you just might be lucky enough to catch a fireworks show while on the ride.  That is a super fun time to be on the train!

Hop on board and hold on to your hats and glasses folks cause this here is the wildest ride in the wilderness!


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