Yesterday, we showed you Hong Kong Disneyland’s new Frontierland, which they call Grizzly Gulch. Today, we’ll bring you a look at their big new attraction in the land, Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars. We have some early photos from Alain Littaye of the Disney And More blog which seem to indicate that the new land has extensive theming and is quite immersive. The Mine Cars ride features animatronic bears and looks like it qualifies as a solid “E” ticket designation.
In this first article about Hong Kong Disneyland’s new land, Grizzly Gulch, we have an extensive look at the Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars ride, from the entrance to the whole queue theming, as well as the bears audio-animatronics scenes. Special thanks to Marco and Keith who provided all of these photos.
We begin with the ride building entrance – the one of Big Grizzly Mountain mine company.
The height and health warnings at the entrance of Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars.
All of the following photos show the queue decor with antique mine props. The queue is full of great props and details. You can see the train track under you through a hole, and hear people on the train screaming, as well as bears roaring each time the mine cars pass underground.
The boarding room. All aboard!
The train departs through the mine company building.
Big Grizzly Mountain mine and the first scene with the Audio-Animatronics bears.
Moving outside again with pictures of the train in the lift where a cable breaks, sending the mine cars backward at high speed.
The train track with some of the little geysers where the mine cars go backward.
Dynamite boxes are visible before entering another tunnel which contains the second scene with the Audio-Animatronics bears.
Note the baby bear who is involuntarily pushing on the dynamite detonator while his mother is trying to catch the fish.
The catapult launch – thanks to the “dynamite blast”…and a little bit of modern technology.
More track outside before going back to unload in the mine building…
…and the last scene with the Audio-Animatronics bears who have finally succeed in catching the fish.
Here’s a point of view video. My feeling about this ride is that it will be extremely successful and it was done in a very smart way. You have a bit of Big Thunder for the mine theming, some charming Audio-Animatronics bears in the comic style of Marc Davis, a bit of Expedition Everest for the ride technology, and even a bit of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster for the catapult launch. It’s as if the Imagineers took the best parts of each ride to create a new one with the addition of the Audio-Animatronics scenes. Keith tells us that the ride itself exceeded his expectations. He liked the look WDI gave to the bears, something between reality and cute plush. The ride is a major addition for HKDL and will no doubt be tremendously successful!
Big Grizzly Mountain YouTube video from Michael20183
We’ll end this article with one of the posters that you can see on the walls of Grizzly Gulch near the Big Grizzly Mountain mine.
Thanks again to Marco and Keith for their great photos.
Let us know what you think of this fancy new attraction. Would you like to see this ride in a Disney park near you?
Yesterday, we published a column with photos from the new land of Grizzly Gulch. If you missed it, take a look HERE
Visit Alain’s fantastic Disney blog at Disneyandmore.blogspot.com.