|Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars|
|Hong Kong Disneyland|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Opening date||July 14, 2012|
Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars is a train-themed roller coaster attraction in the Grizzly Gulch section of Hong Kong Disneyland. The attraction features Audio-Animatronic bears, a backward section, and a launch sequence.
It is the third roller coaster in a Disney park with a backward section on it, the first was Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril: Backwards! at Disneyland Paris in France (2000-2004) and the second being Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. It is also the second mountain attraction at Hong Kong Disneyland, and draws elements from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Expedition Everest, and Grizzly Peak from other Disney parks.
The mountain, the centerpiece of the themed area, is 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 will be hired in May 2012 to run Grizzly Gulch.
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