VIDEO: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad returns to Disneyland with enhanced special effects and explosive new finale

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After more than a year of downtime for refurbishment, upgrades, and enhancements, Disneyland has brought back Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland, adding new special effects and an explosive new finale to this wildest ride in the wilderness

Though it doesn’t officially open to the public until March 17, the updated classic attraction has been previewed by cast members and their guests, soon opening to annual passholders as well. And nearly everyone who’s ridden it has been impressed by the changes, which include an overall smoother roller coaster experience coupled with a new finale.

We’ll have a more extensive article on the attraction’s big upgrades soon, but for now the video below offers a full POV (point of view) ride on the new 2014 version. Not every new effect will be seen in each ride through, so multiple trips on this runaway train are encouraged.

UPDATE: Below is a new video with all of the new special effects on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland, including the finale.

Read more about the extensive update to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad here.

(Older video remains below.)

Video: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad POV with MOST new effects at Disneyland

Videos by Mark Eades.


  1. Robert Dannenberg

    Very cool. Disney has done an excellent job of using the projector technology to its full advantage.

  2. trevor

    where is the new finale in the video????

    1. EricJ

      About 2:00 min. in, when you start seeing the Danger: Blasting signs…

    2. Ricky Brigante

      New video with the new finale:

  3. Frostysnowman

    We are going to Disneyland in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to ride this!

  4. John

    Hopefully they bring this this to Magic guess is yes

  5. Chaz

    After I see the new Mara effects for the Indiana Jones, I said to myself “I wonder if Disney plans to implement this technology on other rides.” I’m pleased to see that they did, and the result is excellent. I can’t wait to experience this in person.

  6. The video is actually missing the coolest part of the new effects. In the final scene there are three huge blasts of smoke/fog that create the feeling that the cavern is imploding. During most of the previews of the attraction, the smoke effect is turned off–the same way it is in this video. But, we were lucky enough to experience the attraction with the new effect.

    1. jd

      I agree about the smoke effect. We were there for the cast member test ride earlier this week and we rode BTM twice that night. The first time we didn’t experience the smoke effect, the second time we did. It was great, a super effect that added an extra touch of “Disney magic”!!

      1. Ricky Brigante

        Smoke effect now included:

    2. Ricky Brigante

      We’ve added a new video with all of the effects!

  7. Ignatus

    In BTM France, real rocks falling down guest faces ! It’s better !

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