Saturday, May 10, 2014

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Full POV Video
2014 is Here and So is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train...Almost

The long anticipated centerpiece of the New Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction, has finally been assigned a grand opening date. It was announced at a press event that took place last weekend, that on May 28th, guests will officially be able to experience this attraction, which is part family-friendly coaster and part classic Disney dark ride.
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The Mine Train is the crowning jewel of the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom, bringing to a close, years of demolition, imagineering, and construction that saw Mickey's Toontown erased like an animator's stray pencil marks...back when animators used pencils that is. In its place, now stands the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history, which includes a relocated Goofy's Barnstormer, a similarly re-located and doubled-in size Dumbo attraction, a water play area where circus train cars filled with animals douse sun-weary park guests with much-needed hydration called the Casey Junior Soak Station, the Journey of the Little Mermaid dark ride, the Enchanted Tales with Belle interactive story time attraction, Gaston's Tavern for those in need of some quick bites, and the majestic dining hall known as the Be Our Guest Restaurant. Yet with all this re-imagineering, relocation, and expansion, one item has yet to be revealed...the much-heralded and long awaited Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster.  

The press who attended the event have dutifully reported on their experiences riding and it seems, enjoying the new attraction as feedback has universally been positive, indicating that this addition was worth the wait. The Mine Train was designed somewhat in the spirit of Splash Mountain, in that it combines the thrills and excitement of a coaster ride with the whimsy and wonder of a Disney dark ride. Make no mistake that this is a family friendly attraction, not an intense thrill ride. The coaster portion has thus far been described by test riders as more thrilling than Goofy's Barnstormer, but less intense than Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Construction Walls

All accounts of the dark ride portion have indicated that Disney has outdone themselves with the audio animatronic dwarfs, which are said to be cutting edge, far surpassing any others Disney has created to date. The imagineering team that worked on the Mine Train collaborated with Disney Feature Animation on a new facial projection technology which recreates the dwarfs faces just as they appeared in the classic Snow White feature, perhaps even better! Add to all of this, a fun interactive queue, featuring a virtual gem sorting mini-game and a gem washing station, complete with color-illuminated streams of real H2O, and you have the makings of what some are already calling, the best attraction in New Fantasyland.

For a full POV ride-through of the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride, check out the YouTube video below, courtesy of insidethe More Seven Dwarfs Mine Train posts to come as we approach the grand opening on May 28th. Keep checking back.

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