6340.7 #18 (DL Qual #7

Sep 2, 2011 11:40 AM  Disneyland Talk Land
This day in Disney history, September 2nd, 1979. The Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attraction opens in Disneyland's Frontierland. The "wildest ride in the wilderness" takes guests careening through dark caverns & abandoned mines. Imagineer Tony Baxter modeled the attraction after the scenery of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Awww. That ride scared the crap out of me as a kid and soured me on roller coasters for my whole childhood. Now, 25 years later, it's my favorite coaster there. LOL. Ironic.... - LaneSparrow316  847.0 #218 11:49AM
Awesome thx for the post! - grapesoda  382.3 #587 11:50AM
@Sparrow524 no way! Lol, funny how things work out huh? It's my FAVORITE coaster in DL too! @grapesoda thanks for reading!  - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 11:54AM
I remember watching it being built. Couldn't wait to ride it, and as with all Disney rides it was worth the wait. - mlatour  347.4 #685 11:57AM
My fav attraction, I remember we went a few months before the opening my dad was soooo excited and went the next year - irmouse  243.7 #1434 11:57AM
Np duchess history is one of my favorite subjects! I've seen Bryce canyon so this info made a lot sense. - grapesoda  382.3 #587 12:01PM
@Malatourhow exciting to watch that! I agree worth it everytime! @irmouse cool! ::high five:: for BTMRR! @grapesoda awesome! We have that in common then!  history is so interesting! I'm jealous you've been to Bryce Canyon! I've heard it's lovely! - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 12:06PM
Love it! When I first rode this, the ride was 3 years old. This is my first Disney memory. I remember running right past the CM to get on then having to go back to check my height. My mom claimed I was the loudest one but I was screaming out of sheer fun! Thus the beginning of a beautiful friendship with all wild rides. Thanks for sharing!  - cesium55  531.8 #390 12:07PM
@cesium55 what a great memory! Thank YOU for sharing!  - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 12:13PM
Very fun! Great addition to the park! - CxD_CM  518.6 #401 12:14PM
I was 4 when that ride came out. I remember going but not sure if i rode it at that point. I did not realize that it had been there for so long. - NancyLuvsEeyore  249.3 #1359 12:24PM
@CxD I totally agree! @Eeyoregirl1 bettcha you weren't tall enough if you were 4.  - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 12:37PM
Could've been. I was 4 but I think I just barely made it. - cesium55  531.8 #390 12:43PM
I don't think i was. Lol.. - NancyLuvsEeyore  249.3 #1359 12:43PM
Very cool!! Thank you - Tealtownfan  1015.6 #184 12:45PM
Also they kept some of stuff from the Rainbow caverns mine train. This is oneof the bext attractions around. I am always amazed on how at time it really feels like a runaway train. - GoofyJoe  1906.6 #87 12:48PM
My favorite ride when I was little! The two drops on pirates terrified me but thunder mountain was no problem! - Jillian  767.1 #244 12:50PM
Awesome quality content SMK - toph  2418.2 #60 12:52PM
@poohbear73 & @TealTownFan thank you! @GoofyJoe you're so right! Amazing attraction! @JillianH ha! Awesome! @Toph thanks as always love!  - Duchess_SMK  6340.7 #18 1:37PM

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