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....
846.9 #108 11:49AM
Awesome thx for the post! - grapesoda
145.2 #2362 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
3259.2 #11 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
278.9 #738 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
241.8 #1092 11:57AM
Np duchess history is one of my favorite subjects! I've seen Bryce canyon so this info made a lot sense. - grapesoda
145.2 #2362 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
3259.2 #11 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
529.7 #216 12:07PM
@cesium55 what a great memory! Thank YOU for sharing! - Duchess_SMK
3259.2 #11 12:13PM
Very fun! Great addition to the park! - CxD_CM
518.6 #224 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 #1014 12:24PM
@CxD I totally agree! @Eeyoregirl1 bettcha you weren't tall enough if you were 4. - Duchess_SMK
3259.2 #11 12:37PM
Could've been. I was 4 but I think I just barely made it. - cesium55
529.7 #216 12:43PM
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.
1864.1 #41 12:48PM
My favorite ride when I was little! The two drops on pirates terrified me but thunder mountain was no problem! - Jillian
765.4 #129 12:50PM