is a ride I agonised quite a lot over what score to give it. My head said
there's a few rides I'd rank above this in my all time favourites list that
only get a 9, so this should only be a 9. Something in my heart though said
I should give it a 10.
It comes down
to what giving a ride a 10 means. It doesn't mean a perfect ride, as no
thing really exists when you consider one mans meat is another mans
Also although my favourite rides in a given category are inevitably more
likely to score 10, I wanted to avoid the trap of giving my favourite rides
10, the next 9 and so on, instead I want to judge each ride individually. To
be a 10 not only does it have to be a world class ride, but also a
true standout ride in it's particular field, something that is a step above
all the other really good rides on offer. I think if you compare Big Thunder
Mountain to both other Mine Trains,
and to other pure family coasters (suitable for age 7 and up) it's
fulfilling both these criteria.
It's a good
thrilling coaster, that does all you'd expect from a good family coaster,
but what really puts it a notch above the rest is the epic theming. It's set
around a huge mountain structure set in the middle of a lake, and contains a
large amount of tunnels, and no ends of nice touches of theming in the
layout. It's also of an unbelievably large size meaning the ride lasts
enough to make it feel like something epic, yet despite this it never feels
tired or repetitive, nor does it have any dull parts.
recommendation I would make is if you have the chance to ride this after
dark, do so. Then the ride becomes even more outstanding and epic. Doing
this ranks as one of my all time favourite experiences on any roller coaster
anywhere. Even in the day this is an amazing experience you've got to try.