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Dwarfs Mine Train
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Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! It's off to a new location in the Magic Kingdom Snow White and her dwarfs go! Disney World's homage to the 1937 classic animated film, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" is moving and taking on a new form.
Scheduled to open in 2014, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a steel roller coaster under construction in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. The opening of this ride will wrap up the largest expansion in the theme park's history.
Guests can find the new coaster behind Cinderella Castle and on the right after they enter the Castle Courtyard gates leading into the Enchanted Forest.
A Disney World prototype shows the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train starting in the dwarfs' cottage and then it "will take guests on a rollicking, musical ride into the mine ‘where a million diamonds shine'."
Disney says the coaster will feature a first-of-its kind ride system with a train of ride vehicles that swing back and forth, responding to every twist and turn of the track. The journey will be accompanied by music from the classic Disney film and animated figures of Snow White and the dwarfs.
Models and artist renderings show the coaster will travel indoors and outdoors, and this has been confirmed by Tom Staggs, chairman of Parks and Resorts for The Walt Disney Co.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been billed as a family-friendly coaster and not a thrill ride.
You can see a few construction photos from January 2013 in Deb Wills' blog HERE.
FastPass will be available for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster.
There is a minimum height requirement of 40 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.
The closest restrooms are located between Gaston's Tavern and Bon Jour Village Gifts. There also are restrooms in the Storybook Circus area.
Snow White is expected to greet guests near the mine train, but until it opens, the original Disney Princess meets visitors in Town Square at the front of the park.
Guests can meet one other Disney Princess in the Enchanted Forest section of Fantasyland. Belle is the star of Enchanted Tales with Belle, just inside the Castle Courtyard gates. 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.
Coming later in 2013 is Princess Fairytale Hall, which will be the new home for Disney princesses to meet their loyal subjects in the Magic Kingdom. The new meet-and-greet space is located where the Snow White's Scary Adventures ride previously was housed in the Castle Courtyard. Princesses Cinderella, Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), Tiana and Rapunzel are expected here, as well as other royals.
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 lunch and a table-service restaurant for dinner, which is a first for Disney World. Among its other firsts is that fact that it is the only spot in the Magic Kingdom to serve alcohol -- and it's 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 New 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 the new retail store in the Enchanted Forest section of New 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 New Fantasyland 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 Adventures -- the previous ride based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs -- closed on May 31, 2012, as part of the Fantasyland expansion project.
Themed construction walls around the attraction include spots where guests are invited to "take a peek" at the ride's progress.
It is rumored that Shanghai Disneyland, which opens in 2015, will have its own version of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The only times Snow White appears with all Seven Dwarfs to pose for photos with guests are at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
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