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Disneyland Paris - Frontierland – Part 3 – Big Thunder Mountain and the Riverboats

Big Thunder Mountain


Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain


As with all Disney attractions, your journey on Big Thunder Mountain starts with the queue – and in this case, a very detailed queue. The line twists and turns around rusting mining equipment, amusing signs, and dilapidated buildings. Periodically, a mine train rolls by.


Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain


Eventually you reach the boarding area and your train arrives.


Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain


Big Thunder Mountain is located on an island in the middle of the Rivers of the Far West. To reach it, your train descends into a deep tunnel that travels beneath the water. The track safety devices within the tunnel create a loud clacking sound – a VERY LOUD CLACKING SOUND. I cover my ears. Once you make it to the other side, hang onto your hats for the wildest ride in the wilderness.


Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain


The sights and sounds on Big Thunder Mountain are similar to its American cousins. You see stalactites and stalagmites, old mining equipment, bats, and possum hanging from a branch. In the Paris version, the earthquake scene has been replaced with a dynamite explosion. Also, the track layout in Paris is completely different than its Florida or California counterparts, making this a new experience for those of us familiar with the Disney World and Disneyland renderings.

The “story” behind Big Thunder Mesa is also very similar to the American versions of this ride. Gold was discovered and overnight the mining town of Thunder Mesa sprang up. But the mountain was cursed and calamity eventually befell the miners and the trains.


Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain

Disneyland Paris Big Thunder Mountain


Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing


Disneyland Paris Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing


Disneyland Paris doesn’t have just one riverboat, it has two, the Mark Twain, which is a copy of the ship at Disneyland, California, and the Molly Brown, which was named after the famous wife of J. J. Brown, a successful Leadville, Colorado miner. Both ships travel the Rivers of the Far West and circle Big Thunder Mountain and Wilderness Island in about 15 minutes. The dock for the riverboats is directly across the street from the Silver Spur Steakhouse.


Disneyland Paris Riverboats


Here are a few pictures of the Mark Twain.


Disneyland Paris Mark Twain Riverboat

Disneyland Paris Mark Twain Riverboat


Here are a few pictures of the Molly Brown.
Notice that it is a side-wheeler.


Disneyland Paris Molly Brown Riverboat

Disneyland Paris Molly Brown Riverboat

Disneyland Paris Molly Brown Riverboat


As are journey begins, one of the first sights we see is the back side of the Rustler Roundup Shootin’ Gallery.

Disneyland Paris Riverboat - Rustler Roundup Shootin Gallery


Next we see some mining equipment near the loading area of Big Thunder Mountain.


Disneyland Paris Riverboat Big Thunder Mountain


The following picture is of the river-pirates’ hideout and the loading dock for the River Rogue Keelboats.

Disneyland Paris Riverboat  River Rogue Keelboats


The next sight should look familiar to you fans of the Liberty Belle at the Magic Kingdom in Florida.


Disneyland Paris Riverboat


Of course, no river cruise would be complete without spotting some wildlife along the banks.


Disneyland Paris Riverboat


You might even see a steam train chugging through the wilderness.


Disneyland Paris Riverboat


Unusual rock formations can also be seen. Note, the riverboats go around, not under, this rock bridge.


Disneyland Paris Riverboat

Disneyland Paris Riverboat


Mud pots bubble and geysers erupt as you pass by. Look closely and you might see the remains of a dinosaur.


Disneyland Paris Riverboat


As you return to civilization, you pass by an old cemetery and Phantom Manor.


Disneyland Paris Riverboat


In my next blog I’ll be discussing Phantom Manor.

The previous post in this blog was Disneyland Paris - Frontierland – Part 2 – The Outskirts of Town.

The next post in this blog is Disneyland Paris - Frontierland – Part 4 – Phantom Manor.

Comments (4)

Steve:

Very cool, thank you. Can't wait for your Phantom Manor post!

D. Perez:

Your posts are great! I really like seeing all the pictures of all the parks you've visited. It feels like I'm at the park visiting. Thanks and I can't wait for more posts.

Also, do you have anymore pictures of Disneyworld when it first opened? It's pretty neat to compare then and now.

Answer: Sorry. I've already posted all of my early WDW pictures. I agree, it is fun to compare "then" and "now."

j dunne:

Jack your Blog ROCKS!...I always look forward to reading it. Its great to see your travels and your indepth knowledge of the Disney Parks. Keep up the amazing job!


i think disneyland is the most awsomeist place anyone can go to. Everyone should go on the mountain ride its a best. And the lift ride and hunny i shrank the aduiance

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