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Behind the Scenes: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Car Completes Drop Test at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Earlier today, Imagineers and Design & Engineering marked a milestone in the construction of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.


Last week, the team completed the car’s first push/pull test, and today marked the first time the train ran under its own gravity and completed its first drop out of the station.

As a reminder, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set to debut in 2014.

For more on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, read the posts below:


  • we are coming in april when do you expect it to be open. the dwarfs ride.

  • Any idea when this attraction might open? We arrive Feb 23rd 2014

  • wish it was going to be finished we were arrive January 16, we are so sad!

  • We just went to Disney earlier this month and saw all of the progress being made on the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine ride–we’re hoping it’ll be ready and waiting when we come back in August!

    • Stay tuned for more updates. :)

  • I was sad to see Snow White’s Scary Adventures go, but it sounds like the dark ride elements combined with the coaster will more than make up for it! This will be my first stop on my next trip!

    • It sounds like it will be amazing. :)

  • I can’t wait to see it in person! I REALLY hope it’s running in February when we are there!!!!

  • I hope they will have lapbars too! I can’t wait to ride this new ride next year! I love it!

  • If you look on bing or google maps’ aerial photos, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train footprint is about 2/3 the size of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. I guess there wasn’t any more room in the New Fantasyland to make it any larger. If you look, it looks squeezed in very close to the other NF attractions.

  • Yeah! One step closer to the new best ride at the magic kingdom!

    • :)

  • Jennifer, I am coming to the Magic Kingdom on December 10th for MVMCP! :) I am super excited as this is my first time coming to the party, but definitely not my first time! I am wondering if there will be a soft opening for the Mine Train, even just a tour for guests to see the ride. My husband and I came down for our honeymoon in June of 2012, and was not able to experience alot of the Magic at New FantasyLand. We are coming back a year and a half later (exactly) and are hoping to be able to see all of it! If you are not sure yet, I understand, but I would love to be kept posted! From your HUGE Disney fan in Maine 😉

    • Hi Laura- Mine Train is still under construction, however you can clearly see the attraction from anywhere in New Fantasyland…it’s going to be huge! There are also some sneak peek windows within the construction wall that invite guests to look in and see the progress. As soon as we have any update on the opening, we’ll post it on the Blog.

  • I plan on riding this with my niece and nephew when it opens! I don’t normally like coasters and I think Big Thunder Mountain is a little too scary. But I am excited because the Mine Train looks like the perfect ride for my family. It’s going to be so nice to have a ride that I can go on and enjoy with my niece and nephew!!!

    • I hope you enjoy it, Patricia!

  • Can’t wait! Looking forward to hearing the opening date, as my family is holding off on planning any trips to Disney until this is open! Thanks for continuing to share updates!

  • The Imagineering nerd in me wants to know what “push – pull testing” is.

  • Is this coaster ride more like a Rolling Thunder thrill ride or more like an Mt. Everest Ride with larger drops?

  • Really hope this is open for my trip to Florida in March (22nd) next year with my sister. Coming all the way from the UK so would be sad if it opened just after we came, fingers crossed x

    • Please keep checking back for news on an opening date.

  • We are going to be there early Dec. any chance we might be able to ride one of the test runs?

  • I hope they have a test period in Nov. Kind of like a pre-opening.

  • Man that is going to be so exiting. i cannot wait until it is finished. Hoping it is done by March when we come for vacation

  • will this be similar to Thunder Mountain?

  • I so wish this was going to ready for our trip mid-November!!

  • I’m so excited! I am planning a trip for next year. Jennifer do you have an approximate time for the Mine Train to open?

    • Not yet…please stay tuned!

  • We are there at the end of october I doubt it will be in soft open yet but I can always wish!

  • Miranda, I’m guessing since there’s a 38″ height requirement that there will be a lap bar.

  • So, does that mean it completed the 1st complete circuit under its own power, or just from the station to the lift hill? Roller coaster enthusiasts want to know!

  • Miranda…Those yellow bars are for adding weight to the cars for testing.

  • We’ll be there in January, and I’m SOOO hoping it will be ready to ride. Yeah, that’s really early in 2014, but a family can hope, can’t we? 😀

    • Right now all we know about an opening date is 2014…as soon as we have an update, we’ll share it on the Disney Parks Blog!

  • Wow! That’s great news! Really looking forward to this ride.

  • Awesome! I’m so excited to go on this ride the next time I go to Disney World!

  • Will the train have a lapbar or seatbelts? From the pictures I cannot see either, though the yellow bars look like they may be place holders for lap bars. Thanks!

    • It will have lapbars.

  • How Exciting! Was just there Saturday and it looks like a lot of progress has been made. Really looking forward to it!

    • I was out there today. It’s going to be amazing when it opens. :)

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