Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is a rollicking roller coaster that is exciting enough for roller coaster enthusiasts but not too intense for kids or guests who prefer tamer rides.

As an all around crowd pleaser, Big Thunder is extremely popular and can feature some pretty long lines. Here are three strategies for avoiding the worst of the crowds and speeding your climb to the top of the mountain.

1 – The Early Bird…

As with most popular rides, the best way to beat the line is to get there very early. Many groups will plan to show up early, but not everybody will be able to successfully negotiate breakfast, transportation, and the other logistics involved in being at the head of the line when the Magic Kingdom opening show begins. If you can make it happen, you will have the inside track to Big Thunder Mountain. When you arrive within a few minutes of the park’s opening, the line is sometimes so short that you are allowed to ride multiple times (it has happened to me)!

Big Thunder Mountain is popular - these tips can help you see more in less time.

Big Thunder Mountain is popular – these tips can help you see more in less time.

Another reason to ride Big Thunder early in the morning is that both the line and the ride are mostly outdoors. If possible, you want to avoid waiting in the sun for 40 minutes, especially at the height of summer.

2 – Take Advantage Of FastPass+

Using one of your limited FastPass+ reservations for Big Thunder Mountain is a great idea.  The standby lines can be very long.

3 – You Can Enjoy The Wait

If you do find yourself in a long-ish line for Big Thunder Mountain, take the time to appreciate your surroundings. Disney Imagineers included a lot of detail and humor when designing the environment for this roller coaster, and the line can seem to move very quickly when you are absorbed in picking up on all of the minutiae.

In addition, the new interactive items in the queue are really fun and will help to pass the time.

The interactive queue helps to pass the time.

The interactive queue helps to pass the time.

 Do you like the Big Thunder Mountain queue?