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Behind the Scenes: Designing & Painting Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cars at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager

We’re thrilled to start off the New Year with an exciting behind-the-scenes look at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.


Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this new video with us, in which Walt Disney Imagineers Ben VanBeusekon and Mary Mac Eachin explain the creative process behind designing and producing themed cars for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As they explain, in addition to being a part of the attraction’s innovative new ride system that causes cars to swing back and forth while they travel down the track, the train cars are painted and aged in a way that contributes to the storyline of the attraction. Learn more below.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will debut at Magic Kingdom Park in 2014. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more updates.

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Janice from SC on January 6th, 2014 at 11:09 am

I can’t wait for this to open!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 6th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Me, too!


Mark on January 6th, 2014 at 11:14 am

Can’t wait for this to open! :-D


Jeremy on January 6th, 2014 at 11:50 am

Can’t wait to ride this on my next visit! The attention to detail looks staggering!


Kim on January 6th, 2014 at 12:11 pm

So incredible that the Imagineers take this much time and effort to let the guests be completely immersed in the experience! I’ll be sure to pay attention to all their detailed planning when I get to ride. So excited to try it!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 6th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

All of New Fantasyland is pretty amazing. Mine Train should be a great addition.


Sandra from FL on January 6th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

I love the attention to detail the Imagineers put into their storytelling!

This is what makes experiencing a ride over and over so special – there is always more and more to absorb each and every time!

I can hardly wait!

I saw Snow White this past Saturday. She told me how hard the Dwarves were working to complete their new ride for us!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 6th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Sounds good, Sandra. :)


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Lee on January 6th, 2014 at 1:16 pm

When will this attraction open? Is there a date yet or am I over looking it?


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 6th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

No date yet, please stay tuned.


Kathy from NY on January 6th, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Any chance the Dwarfs will be available for pictures?


Gordon from TX on January 6th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Hopefully it’ll be running by our next trip in May (10-17)…….please!!!!


Jason on January 6th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I couldn’t help but notice the book in the stow-a-way compartment. They sure test everything!


Hillary on January 6th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

Those shots of test rides suggest it’s really getting close to being done, so excited! Really really hoping it’s open in early April when I’ll be at WDW for a conference.


Danielle on January 6th, 2014 at 3:01 pm

So excited. Hoping the height requirement will allow my 3 year old to ride this spring. Can’t wait!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 6th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

FYI, the height requirement for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be 38 inches. I hope your 3-year-old can make it!


JEANY on January 6th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

I love it! I can’t wait to ride for September 5-7 2014!


Roxanne on January 6th, 2014 at 6:38 pm

We are visiting February 9th thru the 16th. I hope that we can preview this ride like we could Soarin before it opened. Hope they let DVC members ride it early when we are there! My granddaughters would love it and so would we!


Susan on January 6th, 2014 at 9:26 pm

We saw them testing the ride in November…the ride looks amazing


Stefani on January 7th, 2014 at 12:48 am

When I went to MVMCP I saw a them testing a mine cart on the track! I’m so excited that it’s one step closer to being completed!


Barbara from MD on January 7th, 2014 at 8:35 am

I am so appreciative of the commitment and talent of these Imagineers. It looks amazing :)


Lisa from VA on January 7th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Will this be a super fast roller coaster? Or a little slower because of the swinging carts? I really want to go on this ride, but am not such a fan of roller coasters!!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 8th, 2014 at 9:56 am

As far as how “wild” it is, Mine Train has been developed as a family attraction, so the majority of the family should be able to enjoy it.


Eileen from NE on January 7th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

I hope this is done in time for our next tripp which is the last week in February. What will the height requirement be?


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 8th, 2014 at 9:52 am

The height requirement will be 38 inches.


Ashley on January 7th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

I hope it’s opened by April!!! I can’t wait to go!


Lauren on January 7th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Can’t wait to ride this ride. Unfortunately it does’t look like it will be ready in time for our next trip, so we’ll have to wait until 2015 or 2016 to ride!


Lana on January 7th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I’m wondering the same thing as Lisa. It looks like it may be similar to Thunder Mtn, as far as dips, etc?


Patrick on January 7th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

I couldn’t be more geeked about this attraction. It’s got a steampunk flair to it. Kudos to the Imagineers!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 8th, 2014 at 9:56 am

I’m happy you’re excited, Patrick!


Laurie on January 7th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Since I am a wimp at 54 is this ride a rollar Cosater or tame like some of the other rides like test track and Pirates does anyone know that yet?


Jennifer on January 8th, 2014 at 11:15 am

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE be open for my trip Feb 8-14!


Vickie on January 11th, 2014 at 10:21 am

Please let us know opening date ASAP!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 14th, 2014 at 11:12 am

As soon as I know, you’ll know. :)


Kristine on January 11th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

We’re trying to decide when to visit DIsneyworld this year, when will this ride be open? I’d like to go when more of Fantasyland has opened! Thank you!


JENNIFER on January 14th, 2014 at 8:52 am

Has this ride received a date yet for when it will be up and running? We are coming in the middle of March and hope to get to ride it. But we are about to book our fastpass and would love to get that on it if so.


michele on January 15th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

So Exciting! Is this ride in the newly renovated Fantasyland at WDW in Florida?


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 15th, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Yes, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is located in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park (Florida). It’s set to debut this year, so keep your eye on the blog for future opening dates!


Connie from FL on January 15th, 2014 at 5:38 pm

We were just there on January 11th. It is amazing how far it has come since October. Do we have a planned preview date yet??? So excited for this addition to the Happiest Place on Earth!!


Susan on January 15th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Tony and I can’t wait!


Thomas from ON on January 17th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

When are the soft openings going to begin?


Gayle from FL on January 18th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Will passholders get a sneak peek as we have with other rides before they open?


julia on January 18th, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Can hardly wait to ride. It looks interesting on the inside, rather like Splash Mountain.


Patty on January 19th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I can’t wait to see and ride the new attraction….as a FL season ticket holder I hope we get some advance warning when it is ready for us to preview!! What a great job Disney always does!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on January 21st, 2014 at 12:44 pm

I can’t wait until it opens, too, Patty!


Sylvia on January 24th, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I hear they are doing testing right now ~ so possibly they will have a “passholder” opening soon! :) I just love Disney World ~ waiting to renew my pass till this opens! Keep creating new rides – we need ‘em!


Angela on January 31st, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Do we know what season it will be in 2014? If its already done but in testing does that mean its close?


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on February 6th, 2014 at 9:22 am

Angela – All of our attractions go through a series of tests throughout their different phases of construction. You can read about one of the attraction’s milestone tests here: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/09/behind-the-scenes-seven-dwarfs-mine-train-car-completes-drop-test-at-magic-kingdom-park/


Chris from North lincolnshire on February 4th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I hope this ride is open for early April 14 as we are getting married at the wedding pavillion!!!! Will be great to try and get all guest flying from the UK on this ride on our special day.


Natasha on February 5th, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Any update on the opening date for the mine train ride and new parade? We are in Florida in mid-March, not sure if we are going to go to Disney World but we would for sure go if this opens then…..


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on February 6th, 2014 at 9:22 am

We hope to have an update soon!


Mindy on February 6th, 2014 at 2:03 am

Any idea when this will be opening?


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on February 6th, 2014 at 9:22 am

We hope to have a time frame to share soon. Please keep checking back.


Kristian on February 6th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Will it be available for fastpasses?


Carolyn on February 9th, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Hoping to ride in April 2014, Will be a true Fantasy come true


Amanda on February 12th, 2014 at 9:40 pm

Coming to WDW for the first time ever and we are coming over 2 birthdays one of which is my husband’s 30th birthday and he is a big seven dwarfs fan. I really hope it is open when we come in late March early April. Where is the ride located exactly?? Fantasyland??


Rachel on February 13th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Do you know the opening date yet?


Lisa on February 16th, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Just pulled our 3yr. old (who wasn’t asleep yet) out of bed to measure her for the 38in. height requirement she makes it with a little extra to spare. Saw the media preview for the mine train does that mean the opening date to the public will be close behind? We will be there April 28th – May 7th!


Melanie on February 17th, 2014 at 8:23 am

Do we have an update on the opening of this? I have seen several different speculations, but until I hear (see) it from Disney I am not going to believe it. I saw something that said May 18, 2014 and it made me sad but then I thought about it for a minute and decided to start looking to see if I could find anything official. So if you could confirm that an official announcement has or hasn’t been made, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.


Paulo on February 28th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

News about the opening date?


leslie on March 7th, 2014 at 10:31 pm

This looks amazing I can only hope that it will be open by the time that we come to visit for our first trip to Disney World. Any news yet on the opening date?


Christina on March 9th, 2014 at 9:54 am

Is there a planned openning date yet? :)


Suzanne on March 12th, 2014 at 11:05 am

Please, please let us know the opening date! We will be bringing our four year old granddaughter on May 1st and will be at The Magic Kingdom on Friday, May 2nd…


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