Before my last vacation, my favorite roller coaster bar none at the Magic Kingdom was Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. The main reason for this statement was because I hadn’t ridden Space Mountain in so long, and the twists and turns of the coaster — especially at night — really makes for a wild ride all the way to the old west!
Then I rode Space Mountain — and suddenly, the world of the Magic Kingdom roller coasters wasn’t nearly as cut and dry as it was prior to June 8th, 2012…
As much as I loved my two rides on Space Mountain, I’ve got to tell you that my two rides on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad were as good a series of rides as I’ve ever had. Both of them were at night, and to me, there isn’t anything that compares to BTMRR at night. On one, it was the same night that Stephanie and Shane became an engaged couple, so the ride could have been at a measly five miles an hour and it still would have been great. But it wasn’t, of course. The night air was great, and of course, watching for the dancing ladies above the saloon is always fun.
Then, later on in our vacation, we were able to ride it again, and during this ride, it was right when the fireworks were about to start, so I pulled out my iPhone and took some pictures of the fireworks while we were riding. Most of them were not any good, but I did get a couple.
In the end, the roller coasters at the Magic Kingdom are as different as night and day, and if I had to choose one that I like best, I’m not sure that I could. So, I’m ranking them as 1A and 1B, and I’m not telling which one fits where.
Which is your favorite roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom? Space Mountain or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad? Tell me in the comments please!
Big Thunder Mountain all the way!!! Same with Disneyland– I love riding at night and during fireworks!