We’ve loved this ride ever since our first family visit to Disney World. It’s super fun, charmingly themed, and hits just the right middle-ground between mild and wild. On our most recent trip, we eagerly approached the Fastpass return gate, Fastpasses in hand, ready to board the “runaway train.” Disappointingly, we were turned away due to inclement weather. We sought shelter at Pecos Bill’s, had a leisurely lunch while an intense thunderstorm rolled through the park, then went back to Big Thunder Mountain once the worst of the storm had passed. It was still raining lightly, but this felt good in the August heat. And, since it was raining, the stand-by line was minimal, so we went on it twice in a row.
Riding Big Thunder Mountain in the rain turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip! I can’t even really explain why, but for some reason it added to the thrill of the ride, and brought us even more fully into the gold-rush-town-just-after-a-flash-flood theme. Try it some time – and let me know what you think!