Description sheet

Park: Disneyland
Location: Frontierland

Type: Big thrills
Theme: Wild West, Cowboy
Type of attraction: Roller coaster

Popularity: 
My recommendation: My favourite attraction

Accessibility

Age: Children, Teens, Adults
Minimum height: 1.02 m
PRM access: Wheelchair transfer essential
Pregnant women: Not accessible to pregnant women

Services

Disney Premier Access: Yes
Single Rider: No
PhotoPass: Yes

Presentation of the attraction

Big Thunder Mountain is one of Disneyland Paris’ most iconic attractions, located in Frontierland. It’s a roller-coaster ride that takes you on a thrilling adventure through an abandoned gold mine in the 19th-century American West.

From the moment you step through the entrance, you’re immersed in a typical Wild West atmosphere, surrounded by structures inspired by the rugged geography of the southwestern region of the USA. The wagons resemble gold mine cars, adding to the authenticity of the experience.

After boarding your wagon, you begin your journey by crossing under the lake and then slowly ascending, creating dramatic anticipation. Then, suddenly, the ride turns into a frantic descent through the dark tunnels of the mine. The attraction skilfully blends thrills and immersive scenery, with tight curves, steep drops and sudden climbs.

In addition to the roller coaster experience, Big Thunder Mountain also offers spectacular views of the rest of the park, including Sleeping Beauty’s castle, creating a truly unique experience. If you’d like to know more about the story behind this attraction, feel free to read my article on the subject.

Technical data

Type of attraction: Roller coaster
Opening date: 1992 (park inauguration year)
Course length: 1071 meters
Maximum height reached: 22 meters
Number of trains: 6
Number of cars per ride: 5
Train speed: 67 km/h
Number of passengers per car: 6 (i.e. 30 passengers per train)
Running time: 3 minutes 55
Anecdotes and secrets: The train passes under the lake surrounding the mine.

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