#DisneyMagicMoments: Take a Wild Virtual Ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World Resort

Jeremy Schoolfield

by , Walt Disney Imagineering Communications Manager

Howdy partners! Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is an iconic Disney attraction that has brought thrills to adventurers of all ages for decades. I was 7 years old the first time I sat down in that clickety-clackety mine train, and I’ve loved it ever since. With versions of the attraction in Disney parks around the world, I’m sure many of you feel the same way.

In the latest installment of our #DisneyMagicMoments series, check out the video below for a virtual ride on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. Descend into an abandoned mine shaft and board your train for an adventure evading boulders, dodging explosions and swooping through canyons in the mysterious town of Tumbleweed. 

So are you ready? For your safety, remain seated on your couch, lounge chair, bed, kitchen stool … or wherever you may be viewing this special video. And be sure to watch your kids. If any of you folks are wearin’ hats or glasses, best remove ’em. ’Cause … say it with me now … THIS HERE’S THE WILDEST RIDE IN THE WILDERNESS!


  • Thank you for sharing this ride and the story behind it. It brought a little Disneyland magic to my home. I miss all the friendly CM and the people watching. I hope to see you all soon but until then, stay safe and keep on dreaming that Disney magic.

  • As a seventh grade language arts teacher, I knew my students needed some fun activities outside of their regular work. Once a week we are going to do some virtual Disney activities.

    Week One: 1. Draw Contemporary Mickey 2. Virtual Big Thunder Mountain Ride 3. Dapper Dans: “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” and 4. Imagineering – Part 1 video

    Thanks for having such great content to share with my students right now. They definitely could use some Disney Magic!!

  • It never gets old !!! Anything to do with WDW puts a smile on my face. I love this ride.

  • I learned Big Thunder Mountain was inspired by Bryce Canyon National Park which makes more sense than Monument Valley.

  • Cool! Used to Disneyland as well, so this is a little disorienting for me as the two attractions are mirror images of each other. Would love to see a side by side comparison!

  • Thank you so much for posting this. Our family and especially our little ones have been missing Disney so much! This brought smiles to their faces! Thank you for keeping the magic alive during these tough times.

  • Hang on to your hats ‘n glasses, ’cause this here’s the wildest ride in the West!

    Big Thunder (Disneyland) is a family favorite.

  • Thank you for sharing this video! Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is my favorite!! I loved that you added fun facts, like the names of the trains!! I think U.B. Bold is my favorite. :0)

  • This ride is our must do every time we visit. We were here during Christmas week 2019, and went on the ride 3 times. Thank you for the stories behind the ride!

  • I’m a California girl, so it’s not quite the BTMRR that I’m familiar with in Disneyland, but this is appreciated all the same. Thank you for bringing a taste of Disney Parks magic to us while we’re all stranded at home (and a peek into parks we may have never visited before)!

  • Woo Hoo! That was fun!

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