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"I reckon you're all ready to take a nice, easy tour of this here ol' mine. Ohhhh, they fixed it up real nice and safe for ya, heh heh heh! 'Cept that you ain't goin' there, noooo! You're gonna see MY kinda mine! Ah ha ha ha ha! If you can! Just try and come back alive! Ah ha ha ha haaaa!!"
—Evil tour guide, Devil's Mine Ride

A staple in Western movies along with a couple Adventure films, the Rollercoaster Mine is a mountain railway used as a roller coaster. Mining trolleys roll at high speed down impractically steep and seemingly frictionless rails that weave in and out of an improbably long chain of tunnels, and often across bridges. Sometimes, they'll even do jumps. Works great for a Chase Scene.

Surprisingly often, a mine cart full of protagonists that's been rolling downhill at great speed for a couple of minutes will suddenly break through a nailed-together criss-cross of old boards, and burst out on the surface. If this phenomenon can be harnessed, it will provide the world with infinite energy. Of course, they may have started at a higher altitude, or something.

Theme Park Landscape is the supertrope. Minecart Madness is a Video Game-specific subtrope.

Examples of Rollercoaster Mine include:


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Real Life

  • The Big Thunder Mountain ride in the Disney parks is built around this trope. Indeed, this is a not-uncommon type of roller coaster.
    • Cedar Point's Cedar Creek Mine Ride is actually one of the tamer coasters at the park, and favored by riders who aren't quite up to the Millennium Force.
  • The page quote is from a motion simulator ride called The Devil's Mine which is based on this trope.

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Western Animation

  • Hanna-Barbera's The Adventures of Gulliver episode "The Hero". After Captain Leech kidnaps Flirtacia, the other Lilliputians follow him into a mine. They end up pursuing him with both parties traveling in mine carts.
  • In Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Babs, Buster and company go through a literal example of these, complete with a shopping mall AND the theme park Happy World Land, all while being chased by a Jason Voorhees ripoff with a chainsaw.
  • There's a brief minecart pursuit in the 1973/74 Superfriends episode "The Planet Splitter" when Doctor LeBob's assistant Wilbur tries to escape through subterranean coal mine tunnels.
  • Home on the Range has this when they capture Alameda Slim.
  • One of the Raceworld zones in the Kerwhizz episode "Wild West World" features an abandoned mine, through which the racers are pursued by what they think are bandits in a mine cart.
  • In the Family Guy episode, "The Courtship of Stewie's Father", Peter is rescuing Stewie from Disney World employees and they hop on an Indiana Jones-themed minecart ride (complete with Peter in Indy's regalia).
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic has gotten in on the fun, in "A Canterlot Wedding."

 "Well I'll be! You made it through! You're the first to come back alive in a long time! Wait...You wanna see it again? Huh?! Ah ha ha ha ha ha!"

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