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Top 10 Things To Know About Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened to the public on May 28. Referred to by Disney as the “Centerpiece of New Fantasyland”, the new ride is a roller coaster that uses technology never seen before. The cars sway back and forth during the ride, simulating a real mine train. With the opening of the ride, the Fantasyland expansion is complete. Here are the top ten things that you need to know about the new attraction.

 

10. A Family Ride, But…

While Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is being billed at a family friendly roller coaster, not all members of the family can ride. There is a height requirement of 38 inches. (For comparison, the height requirement for The Barnstormer in Storybook Circus is 35 inches.) Expectant mothers and those with other health considerations are advised not to ride. The ride is also not for those who are prone to motion sickness. Check the warning sign at the ride’s entrance if you aren’t sure whether or not you should give it a try.

9. Lots of Jewels

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a feast for the senses. While on the ride you’ll see three different shapes of jewels, and there are six different colors. Look for clear, red, blue, purple, green, and amber.

8. Indoors and Out

The ride will take you both indoors and outdoors. It slows down during the indoor section so that you can see the dwarfs at work.

7. No Dwarf Left Behind

You’ll see all seven dwarfs during your ride. According to Disney, they are the most advanced¬† Audio-Animatronic characters ever created. The use of 3D technology, combined with Audio-Animatronics, brings the dwarfs to life.

6. A Smooth Ride

The fact that it is a steel coaster makes for a smooth ride. Disney has found a way to remove the sound that is associated with going up a hill on a roller coaster. There are two mild drops; one is 31 feet and the other 41 feet. There are no loops and you won’t need an over-the-shoulder harness to ride.

5. Enjoy the View

Try to remember to look around while you’re on the ride. Not only are there incredible details around every turn, but right before the second drop you’ll have a great view of Enchanted Forest.

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4. Reserve Your FastPass+ Time

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a FastPass+ attraction. The ride spots go quickly, so make your reservation as soon as you can. Chances are that there won’t be many times available at the kiosks in the park.

3. Interactive Queue

Couldn’t get a FP+ time? Don’t worry, Disney wants to help you pass the time while you wait. There is an interaction queue with three different activities. First, you can help Doc (he left a note with instructions) with Jewel Sorting. After that, Doc will want your continued help with Jewel Washing. The third station is The Vault, because those jewels need to be stored somewhere. The time will pass quickly and you just might not mind that you didn’t get a FastPass+ reservation.

2. Tribute to Snow White’s Scary Adventures

When New Fantasyland was announced, it was also announced that the park’s original ride Snow White’s Scary Adventures would be closing. That space now houses Princess Fairytale Hall. Some of the aspects of the original ride have been incorporated into the new coaster. The figures of Bashful, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, and Sleepy at the cottage near the end of the ride were all taken from Snow White’s Scary Adventures. There are also two vultures near the mine entrance that were part of the original.

1. True to the Movie

In 1937, the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released. It was the first ever full length cell animated film, and it helped Walt Disney to become a household name. The new ride stays true to the film. From the design of the ride cars to the music that is played in the background, Imagineers have lovingly reproduced the film in ride form. Details were added that most people probably will not even notice; things like a wooden clock near Doc’s work station and the birdhouse and the wisteria vine by the cottage’s front door. It’s the details that make Seven Dwarfs Mine Train a Walt Disney World classic.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.