Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Fantasyland – Magic Kingdom
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Highlights:
- 38″ height requirement
- Swinging Roller Coaster through the Seven Dwarfs Mine
Heigh-ho! Heigh-ho! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a steel roller coaster in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.
You can find this coaster behind Cinderella Castle and on the right after entering the Castle Courtyard gates.
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.
- Jewel Sorting 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.
- 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.
- Barrel Game: inside the vault, there is a collection of wooden barrels that shine with glowing stones. Turn the barrels and look up to see the kaleidoscope effects on the ceiling. Get others involved so you can all see the magical transformation overhead when all seven barrels are spun at the same time.
Once on board, you’ll experience twists, turns, hills and drops, however because of the smooth cars it’s not overly wild. At the midpoint of the attraction, you’ll slowly drive through the Mine with the Dwarfs.At ride’s end, the cottage of the Dwarfs comes into view with a dancing Snow White visible through a window. Keep a lookout for the witch!
This 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.
Lightning Lane access for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is available for purchase as an Individual Attraction Selection. This is an extremely popular attraction. Note: When using the Lightning Lane, you will miss the first two interactive queue areas.
If you are not purchasing Lightning Lane access, try riding first thing when the Park opens or right before the park closes. Standby lines are typically at least 70+ minutes.
The ride is about 2-1/2 minutes long.
There is a minimum height requirement of 38 inches (97 cm) for this ride.
Accessibility: Guests must transfer from wheelchair/ECV. Due to the nature of the experience, service animals are not permitted on this attraction.
Warnings: Expectant mothers should not ride.
Seat Restrictions: Seats and/or the lap bar restraint may be restrictive; guests may wish to ride alone due to limited leg space and/or small bench size.
Parents with children who do not meet the height 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.
An on Ride Photo and Video will be taken and automatically added to your My Disney Experience account, as long as you are wearing your Magic Band. Readers will detect it and link it to your account, like magic!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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 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.
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.