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Disney releases official virtual ride of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Miss riding Big Thunder? Take this virtual ride

A train zips through Big Thunder Mountain and past the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a popular roller coaster attraction, is located in Frontierland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only.
A train zips through Big Thunder Mountain and past the historic Rainbow Ridge Mining Town. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, a popular roller coaster attraction, is located in Frontierland at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. For editorial news use only.
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Anyone interested in riding Big Thunder Mountain during the coronavirus pandemic won’t have an opportunity for a while. But Disney Parks has released a virtual ride video that allows guests to enjoy the ride at home.

What’s happening:

  • Disney Parks shared a virtual ride video for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Specifically, the ride was filmed at the Walt Disney World resort.
  • Disney Parks released the video as a part of its #DisneyMagicMoments campaign, for which Disney has shared recipes, virtual ride videos and more to simulate the experience of being at one of the parks.
  • Disney said: “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.”
  • Disney said: “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!”
  • Watch the ride below.

More about the rides:

In February, I visited Disneyland and toured all of the major “mountain rides” — Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain. In a review for the Deseret News, I ranked Big Thunder Mountain as the second-best of them all. Here was my official review:

“The dips and dives on this ride are entertaining without end. And it’s even better knowing you’re soaring through the inner caverns while outside. It’s a great outdoor ride that works best toward the afternoon. It moves quickly enough that you’re never bored waiting for the next jump or dive or dip. You’re always moving and always entertained.”