Thrill Rides - Big Bad John

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All aboard one of the family-favorite attractions at Magic Springs! Three lift hills propel your journey on this runaway mine train adventure across 3,500 feet of track twisting and turning through some of the park’s most beautiful scenery. At three minutes in duration, this coaster is our longest trip, reaching heights of 50 feet and a speed of 30 mph in a screeching tunnel finale plunging you into darkness before returning back to the station to collect the next group of anxious thrill-seekers.

Big Bad John is a runaway mine train named after the legend of 19th century American folk hero, John Henry. It opened at Magic Springs in the 2002 season to much fanfare including media on-hand to capture a ride taken by Governor Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet, with park officials. Since that time, hundreds of thousands of riders have been down this track and it remains one of the most-loved attractions at the park.

It is available to riders at a height of at least 42”.

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