Seven Dwarfs Mine Train New Fantasyland Magic Kingdom
Full Ride with SPOILERS from Media Preview 5/1/14
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Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a steel roller coaster in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.
You can find the new coaster behind Cinderella Castle and on the right after entering the Castle Courtyard gates leading into the Enchanted Forest.
THE QUEUE for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train winds through a well-landscaped area, passing by the dwarfs' cottage. There are three interactive areas of the queue. As you go into each, be sure to read the notes the Dwarfs left for you. At the first interactive station in the attraction queue, Doc's note explains the jewel washing game. As the jewels flow by in a wooden trough, or sluice, touch and drag them into a tray on the side of the sluice, matching them by color and shape. The trough is about 15 feet long and is accessible from both sides. Further along at the jewel washing station, a melody from the classic film can be created by running your hand under the spigots. There are 12 spigots, corresponding to the notes of the musical scale.
After you board the train, you'll experience twists, turns, hills and drops, but not of the intensity of a true thrill ride like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. That said, it does get fast at times. You pass by a magical mountain studded with red poppies and live oak, cedar and birch trees. At the midpoint of the attraction, you'll enter a mine aglow with gems and scenes of the working Dwarfs for about 50 seconds. Music from the film classic accompanies the journey. At ride's end, the cottage of the Dwarfs, replicated from the film to exacting detail by Walt Disney Imagineers, comes into view with a dancing Snow White visible through a window.
Note that the coaster features a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing from side to side, responding to every twist and turn of the track.
The ride is about 2-1/2 minutes long.
FastPass+ is available for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster. Note: When using FastPass+ you will miss the first two interactive queue areas.
There is a minimum height requirement of 38 inches for this ride.
Parents with children who do not meet the ride requirement can use the Rider Swap option to avoid standing in line twice. Speak to a cast member to find the specific process for this attraction.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a great, family-friendly ride. There is so much to see and experience in both the outside and inside queue areas, so take your time! Don't rush to the ride.
Walking along the outdoor queue, be sure to look down at the ground. You'll see impressions left by forest creatures, acorns and sticks.
Check out the wonderful Dwarfs cottage on the left of the queue when you are still outside. This is actually the end of the ride. Don't forget to peer into the windows!
Once fully inside the Vault, spin the barrels of jewels. Remember to LOOK UP for more magic! Get others involved so you can all see the magical transformation overhead when all seven barrels are spun at the same time.
At the third interactive station in the queue, "Vault" is carved into the wooden crosspiece, or lintel, above the doorway. This is a reference to the scene in the film where Dopey opens the vault and throws in a bag of gems, then locks the door with a key. For safekeeping, Dopey hangs the key to the vault on a peg next to the door. The key hangs on a peg next to the entrance to the vault in the queue as well.
On the ride itself, at the top of the first lift, look straight out for a great view of Fantasyland, especially beautiful at dusk and at night!
Inside the mine there are a few Hidden Mickeys. One is located above Grumpy's head (and to his right as you pass by), but your view may vary depending on where you are seated in the train.
Once you pass Grumpy, keep looking left for the shadows of the dwarfs marching home from work.
After your exciting ride through the mine and the forest, the train comes to a smooth stop just beyond the unload area. Look to your right for the best surprise of all! You'll see some familiar figures from the old Snow White's Scary Adventures attraction.
The closest restrooms are located between Gaston's Tavern and Bon Jour Village Gifts. There also are restrooms in the Storybook Circus area.
The Seven Dwarfs have been known to all appear for photos during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and also Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. They normally do not do meet and greets.
Guests can meet Belle at the Enchanted Tales with Belle To meet her, visitors must go through the attraction and volunteer for a small role in a production in Beast's library. They will interact with Belle and have their photos taken with her. No autographs are given at this location.
Gaston, the obnoxious-but-lovable antagonist from "Beauty and the Beast," also greets guests daily in front of his tavern, which is near Enchanted Tales with Belle.
Beast meets dinner guests at Be Our Guest in the gallery.
Nearby is Princess Fairytale Hall, the home for Disney princesses (currently Cinderella, Tiana, Rapunzel and Elena of Avalor) to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom. The meet-and-greet space is located where Snow White's Scary Adventures previously was housed in the Castle Courtyard.
The Little Mermaid is waiting for her friends in Ariel's Grotto, to the right of the ride, Under the Sea — Journey of The Little Mermaid. In this location, Ariel is wearing her mermaid tail and top, and guests will notice some sea treasures surrounding her.
The most-talked about dining in New Fantasyland can be found inside Beast's castle at Be Our Guest. The restaurant offers traditional French cuisine in a setting that makes guests feel as if they truly have stepped into Belle's world. Choose a table in the grand ballroom, a gallery or the west wing.
This dining location works as a counter-service restaurant for breakfast and lunch — a table-service restaurant for dinner, which is a first for Disney World. Among its other firsts is that fact that it was the first spot in the Magic Kingdom to serve alcohol — only available during the sit-down dinners. Also, during lunch, guests can order on touch-screens and their meals will be delivered to their tables on fancy trolleys. No more balancing loaded trays while searching for an available table!
Gaston's Tavern, which does not serve alcohol, is the other nearby dining location in Fantasyland. This small restaurant offers pork shank, Le Fou's Brew and warm cinnamon rolls among its treats. It also serves up a handful of healthy snacks.
Popcorn, ice cream, bottled water and sodas can be purchased at Maurice's Amazing Popping Machine, which is parked closed to Gaston's Tavern.
Castle Couture, located directly behind Cinderella Castle, carries Disney Princess costumes and accessories — including those of Snow White. There is no designated store for ride merchandise yet.
Bon Jour Village Gifts is in the Enchanted Forest section of Fantasyland. For "Beauty and the Beast" fans. This is heaven because most of the merchandise is based on this Disney story. Here, you'll find an increasing selection of goods, including Belle T-shirts for girls and women; Gaston's Tavern T-shirts for men; light-up castle goblets; gargoyle frames and candle holders; Jim Shore statues of Belle; and a collection of dishes and stemware and pillows inspired by the Be Our Guest restaurant.
Other merchandise can found at Sir Mickey's, which is located behind Cinderella Castle. This store carries a new line of Ariel products themed to the Under the Sea — Journey of The Little Mermaid ride.
After more than 40 years in the Magic Kingdom, Snow White's Scary Adventure — the previous ride based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs — closed on May 31, 2012, as part of the Fantasyland expansion project.
The figures of Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy, seen in the cottage near the end of the attraction, originally appeared in Snow White's Scary Adventures, a Magic Kingdom attraction now the site of Princess Fairytale Hall. The figures of Snow White, Dopey and Sneezy, in the cottage scene, were created for this attraction.
The two vultures perched on the jib crane near the mine entrance are styled after the vultures in the film and originally appeared in the Snow White's Scary Adventure attraction.
The individual mine cars are designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, handmade of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped with an ax, and used to haul rocks and jewels. Hand-hammered metal bands and nails are used to bind the wood. In the film, the mine cars sit in a cradle that allows them to be tipped to unload their contents. Here, the cradle design allows the cars to swing back and forth as they carry riders along the winding track.
The innovative, patented ride system for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is an original design developed at Walt Disney Imagineering. It features five-car trains designed to swing independently from side to side as they move along the track. This newly patented design provides a one-of-a-kind ride experience.
The jewels seen throughout the mine come in four different sizes and six different colors: red, green, amber, purple, blue and clear.
The shadows of the Dwarfs marching homeward along the track on the lift inside of the mine were rotoscoped from the scene in the original film where the Dwarfs march across a log bridge, singing “…home from work we go.” (Rotoscoping is a technique where the movements of a figure in original live or animated footage are copied, or traced, frame-by-frame).
Next to Doc's workstation in the mine, the carved wooden clock is a replica of the one seen in the film with the figures of two miners striking an anvil. As in the film, that motion signals the start of the beloved song, "Heigh-Ho."
In the original tale by the Brothers Grimm, the Dwarfs were unnamed. When Walt Disney and his animators decided to name them to correspond with their character, scores of names were rejected including: Wheezy, Jumpy, Baldy, Hickey, Sniffy, Stuffy, Burpy, Tubby, Shorty, Deafy and Dizzy.
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