Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars

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Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars.JPG
Hong Kong Disneyland
Park section Grizzly Gulch
Coordinates 22°18′37″N 114°02′33″E / 22.31019°N 114.042528°E / 22.31019; 114.042528Coordinates: 22°18′37″N 114°02′33″E / 22.31019°N 114.042528°E / 22.31019; 114.042528
Status Operating
Opening date 14 July 2012 (2012-07-14)
General statistics
Type Steel – Mine Train – Launched
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill, Linear induction motor
Length 1,100 m (3,600 ft)
Speed 56 km/h (35 mph)
Inversions 0
Duration 3:14
Height restriction 112 cm (3 ft 8 in)
Trains 6 (Usually 5 for operations) trains with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Single rider line available
Must transfer from wheelchair
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars at RCDB
Pictures of Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars at RCDB

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars (Traditional Chinese: 灰熊山極速礦車) is a steel roller coaster in the Grizzly Gulch section of Hong Kong Disneyland.[1][2] The attraction features Audio-Animatronic bears as well as a backwards section.[3] Big Grizzly Mountain is the second mountain and third roller coaster attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland.[4]

History[edit]

Planning[edit]

In early 2009, Hong Kong Disneyland proposed a financial arrangement to the Legislative Council of Hong Kong with the aim of expanding the park by adding three new themed areas. This plan was approved in July 2009.[5] On 13 December 2009, the official groundbreaking ceremony took place.[6]

Construction[edit]

The mountain, the centrepiece of the themed area, is 88 feet (27 m) tall[7] and was constructed with 30 sculptors and 20 painters working on it for eight hours a day over a period of 14 months. The team visited California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and Yellowstone National Park before starting work. A town from the gold rush days of the 1840s and 1850s has been built around the mountain. Rocks on the mountain seem rough and eroded, but none of them are real. Instead, 3,850 tonnes of cement were used to create them. Even the bricks and "wooden" logs at the site are made from cement. The team used a special, relatively soft cement to shape the mountain's features. It is also structurally safer: the cement used to make the mountain is as strong as any cement used to build houses. To make the mountain look realistic, designers went through several exhaustive stages, including sketching, model-making, three-dimensional computer scans and adding authentic finishing touches. Two hundred people were hired in May 2012 to run Grizzly Gulch.[8]

Opening[edit]

In June 2012, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars began soft openings. On 14 July 2012, the ride was officially opened to the public.[1]

Ride[edit]

Overview[edit]

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars is the centrepiece attraction in the Grizzly Gulch section of Hong Kong Disneyland.[2] It is a Vekoma Mine train roller coaster with 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) of track.[1][9]

The ride is the second Disney roller coaster to have a backwards section on it — the first being Expedition Everest in Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.[10] The roller coaster also bears several similarities to the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad attractions at many Disney theme parks, with the mountain itself resembling Grizzly Peak at Disney California Adventure.

Experience[edit]

The ride begins in the Big Grizzly Mountain Mining Company building. Riders board one of several trains which seat 24 riders each. The train leaves the station and heads towards tunnel 8. An animatronic grizzly bear accidentally sends passengers down tunnel 4. In Chinese tradition, the number 8 signifies good luck and the number 4 literally means "death". The train begins to climb a hill in the style of a traditional roller coaster. Once the train nears the top of the mountain the lift cable appears to break causing the riders to go back down the hill in reverse and along a different track before entering another mine. Two animatronic bears are located inside the mine and one sets off some TNT causing the train to launch out of the mine on yet another track, as similar as the Mine Car's TNT Explosion scene from Disney film Home on the Range. The train then goes through a variety of twists and turns before arriving at the terminal brake run and returning to the station.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad[edit]

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars is thematically related to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from Disneyland Park, Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Park (Paris). However, unlike Thunder Mountain, Grizzly Mountain is not related to the American "wild west" historical era.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Marden, Duane. "Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars  (Hong Kong Disneyland)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b MacDonald, Brady (2 December 2011). "Top 20 for 2012: Best new rides at theme parks around the world". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hong Kong Disneyland - Grizzly Gulch themed land". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Marden, Duane. "Hong Kong Disneyland". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hong Kong Disneyland’s Expansion Plans Approved". Asia Travel Tips. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Groundbreaking Ceremony Celebrates Hong Kong Disneyland Expansion". Hong Kong Disneyland. 13 December 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  7. ^ South China Morning Post - Come on down to Grizzly Gulch
  8. ^ Theme park out to cement its attraction Amy Nip. South China Morning Post. 18 May 2012.
  9. ^ 迪士尼灰熊山谷下周開幕. Oriental Daily (in Chinese). 4 July 2012. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Marden, Duane. "Expedition Everest  (Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved 21 July 2012.