I use to really enjoy the Mine Train ride. Yeah, it was slow, but it was dramatic and had fighting moose and spooky caves!
The old Mine Train ride through Nature's Wonderland was huge by comparison to the not soo Big Thunder Mountain. It was *the* Frontierland attraction much as the Jungle Cruise was *the* Adventureland attraction. Unlike Jungle Cruise though, it was large in scope with both small upclose scenes and huge scenes.
I believe you can get get a ride through video if you're really curious.
Yup, that's it. Believe it or not, the old mine train ride crossed over that pond and over where the walkway is now. The old mine train made use of a much larger space than Big Thunder. The space not currently occupied by Big Thunder is mostly unused, or not used frequently enough to be worth it. Someday, the management will see the value in that precious real estate and decide to build another E-ticket in the northern backwoods of Frontierland. Let's hope it's good.
(I'm not trying to start a rumor here...I'm just saying, the management's bound to figure it out someday. )