Hidden Magic is your examination of lesser-known attractions, snacks, tactics and distraction, to help make the most of your Disney vacation and visit. Of course, you are familiar with Big Thunder Mountain, but do you know the best place to sit?
Hidden Magic Space Mountain took an intensive look at the best methods for getting through, and around, what can be an insufferable Disneyland line. Despite enduring popularity, Big Thunder rarely draws Space-Mountain-type mobs. The wait, thus, is universally more pleasant. The old-west setting, alone, is one to be experienced and enjoyed, rather than hustled through. Notwithstanding, the ride design, and covertly competitive cast members, make this the smoothest, swiftest moving attraction line in the park.
Make the most, then, of your brief time in line, by absorbing the surroundings. Take a look around. The detail is Disney typical, that is to say precise and immaculate. Through the charming music and train whistles, try to catch the clever commentary coming from the adjacent frontier town. Bask in the aroma drifting over from the Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante. Speculate as to whether the copper-toned pool and waterfall have been deliberately dyed or are a product of the million pennies that have been cast into them.
Before you know it, you will be ascending the loading platform, to be welcomed by the timelessly endearing ride announcements. If your group is not untenable, and if you’re not in a huge hurry, ask the cast member doling out seating assignments if you can ride in, or toward the back. The ride is almost uniformly enjoyable, but several of the turns and all of the hills are a bit more thrilling when being whipped through by the rest of the train.
Big Thunder Mountain may be enjoyed anytime of any day. Given it’s nature, it is a ride best saved for the busiest time of your visit. While other guests inexplicably spend claustrophobic hours waiting for Indiana Jones and Splash Mountain, take one or two trips on Big Thunder, as you wisely rode those others before the park filled up.