March 16, 2013

Big Thunder Scale Model at Disneyland Hotel

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel
One of my very favorite features at the Disneyland Hotel is this incredible scale model of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Located in the lobby of the hotel's Frontier Tower, it's a replica of the Imagineers' original model, but being a re-creation doesn't diminish its awesomeness at all.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel
Since the actual ride is currently closed until Fall for enhancements and track replacement, this is a great way to work a bit of the mountain's "spirit" into your visit! We'll take a look at all four sides, then zoom in for a few closeups.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel
Big Thunder's track layout is absolutely brilliant.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel  
There's so much going on -- on so many levels
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel
Since Disneyland's version of Big Thunder is so close to the walkways, it's often difficult to judge its true size. This model demonstrates how enormous the ride actually is.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel
Zooming in on Spiral Butte -- Best part of the ride!
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel
The goat doesn't like having his explosive dinner interrupted.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel
The brake run, station, and Rainbow Ridge.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Scale Model Disneyland Hotel
The ride's most photographed turn.
One nice thing about visting Disneyland in the off-season: Since the parks close around eight or nine at night, you're left with some time to just relax and explore the rest of the resort...and discover great little gems like this! On your next visit, be sure to stop by for a visit with Big Thunder Mini!

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