Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

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In honor of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad’s birthday we want to provide you a few fun facts for these fan favorites!

Thanks to allears.net here are some facts for you!

“Big Thunder Mountain Railroad debuted at Disneyland on September 2, 1979. It opened at in the Magic Kingdom on September 23, 1980. Opened in Toyko Disneyland July 4, 1987 and in Disneyland Paris on April 12, 1992.

The names of the six trains are: U.B. Bold, U.R. Daring, U.R. Courageous, I.M. Brave, I.B. Hearty and I.M. Fearless.

There are 20 Audio-animatronics throughout the attraction including chickens, donkeys, possums, a goat, a longjohn-clad resident spinning through the flood in a bathtub, and a rainmaker whose name is Professor Cumulus Isobar.

Genuine antique mining equipment can be found around the 2.5 acre attraction. These pieces were purchased at various auctions throughout the Southwest and include a double-stamp ore crusher, an ore-hauling wagon, and an old ball mill used to extract gold from ore.

During constructions, workers used 6,500 tons of steel beams, rods and mesh, 4,675 tons of concrete, 90,000 gallons of water and 4,000 gallons of desert paint.

Dallas McKennon recorded the “Hang onto Your Hats and Glasses” announcement that is played just before you leave the station. Dallas also provided the voice for Benjamin Franklin in Epcot’s American Adventure.”

To learn more about Big Thunder Mountain Railroad visit allears!

Have a magical day friends!
– Woody

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