Thunder Mountain Question

Sunday, February 10, 2002 2:34 AM
My first memories of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (early 80's) at DL are of a part in the ride where it scared me because it looked like rocks were falling on the tracks up ahead. But in the nick of time, the train dived a bit , and you instantly realized it was a good optical illusion, at least from a kid's view.
My last visit was in 2000, and that part is no longer there. Anyone know when it was changed and why?
Sunday, February 10, 2002 5:46 AM
I went to DW in Oct. 2001 and the falling rocks were still there.  I don't know why DL would have them removed.  I do remember though in 1999 when DL was refurbishing the ride.  Maybe the rocks were removed then.
Sunday, February 10, 2002 6:57 AM
The falling rocks are still there. Maybe they wern't on or you didn't notice them.
Sunday, February 10, 2002 6:58 AM
I think they were there when I was at DL in 99.  I would think they are still there.  Maybe not?
- Peabody
Sunday, February 10, 2002 1:39 PM
Glad to hear they're still there. I was there on Labor Day 2000, the last day it was going to be running before a scheduled shut-down for the addition of electronic gates, if I heard correctly. Anyway, I knew this was coming, which is why we went that day. Perhaps that part had already been "powered down", pending the closure.
I rode it three times that day, looking for that effect, and nothing like that happened at any point during my rides. At any rate, I look forward to visiting again in 2003, and seeing the reactions of my friend's who have never rode it. I wonder if it is as convincing from an adult perspective.

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