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Live Chat: Talk Seven Dwarfs Mine Train With a Walt Disney Imagineer Today at 2:30 p.m. EST

posted on February 24th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Imagineer Dave Minichiello will join us here on the Disney Parks Blog beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST, to answer some of your questions about Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. We’ve received many questions so far, but please keep them coming!

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This will be a text chat with a video element later on that will auto-play on most computers. You may wish to adjust your speakers now.

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Tracy-Anne on February 24th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

What was one of your favorite elements that went into the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? Anything secret we should keep our eyes peeled for when riding?

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Tracy-Anne on February 24th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Did Imagineers taken any inspiration from the original Snow White’s Scary Adventure ride?

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Patrick on February 24th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Why out of all the Disney films, did you choose to design a ride from Snow White?

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Rebecca on February 24th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Our family has been following progress on this exciting project since it started! When do you think it will open? We are heading down in April and hope we get a chance to ride this amazing attraction!

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Lisa on February 24th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Saw the construction last spring and have been following online with every update. We are going at the end of April and have fingers crossed it will be open. Otherwise I will have two very disappointed little girls on my hand. I would also like to confirm the height to ride is 38inches – thank you!

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Rebecca on February 24th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

What made you choose Snow White as the theme for this attraction? Why not a more recent character, like Merida or Rapunzel?

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Rebecca on February 24th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

Are there any hidden Mickeys on this ride?

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Kevin on February 24th, 2014 at 2:14 pm

How much of the budget was taken up by precious stones?

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Susan on February 24th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

What did you find to be the most difficult element to replicate for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction?

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Laura on February 24th, 2014 at 2:17 pm

I’m wondering what the ride is actually like. It looks a lot like Thunder Mountain. Is it actually smaller? Why did you decide on another roller coaster instead of a different type of ride?

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Ashley on February 24th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Is the thrill part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train going to be like Big Thunder Mountain?

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Yaritza on February 24th, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Looking forward to riding it! Will there be a soft opening soon?

 

Jennifer Fickley-Baker on February 25th, 2014 at 11:36 am

We hope to have an opening date to share soon.

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Jeffrey from NJ on February 24th, 2014 at 2:28 pm

I have members of my family that don’t like roller costars but will rider test track. do you think they will like the mine train.?

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ANGELA from TX on February 24th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

What are the height requirements for the ride?

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Cindy on February 24th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

How fast will it go and how high is the biggest drop?

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John from DE on February 24th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Will there be a Dwarfs meet-and-greet area as part of the design when it is revealed, for one dwarf or all seven? :)

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Benjamin on February 24th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I have a few questions, if you don’t mind. With the Mine Train completing New Fantasyland, what project will you be focusing on next? As Art Director, how do you make the Mine Train and all of the other components of New Fantasyland mesh together cohesively, yet stay true to their own origins? As a general question: How did you know you wanted to be an Imagineer and how did you make that dream come true? Thank you so much for your time.

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Emily on February 24th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

When does it open?

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Caleb on February 24th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

From the success of the other interactive queues, what can we expect from this queue? I’m excited to see some hidden “gems” in this ride!

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Keleise on February 24th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Looking forward to it. Will be there end of March, think it will be open by then?

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Caleb on February 24th, 2014 at 2:37 pm

With the success of the previous interactive queues, what can we expect from this queue? I’m excited to see some possible hidden Disney “gems” from this ride.

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Michael on February 24th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

My daughter seconds that comment – she would very much like to know how many drops there are and how high the big ones are?

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James from Channel Islands on February 24th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Will all the figures be Audio Animatronics and how long will the attraction last?

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Sheryl on February 24th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

What are the ride specs: How long (both time and track length), how fast, how many drops, etc.

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jeffery on February 24th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

How many diamonds will there be throughout the ride?

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jeffery on February 24th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Will we see AAs of the 7 Dwarfs and The Wicked Witch in this ride?

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jeffery on February 24th, 2014 at 2:40 pm

What is it about this ride that will make it so unique when compared to other Disney Parks attractions?

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Elaine from TX on February 24th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Why the protracted build time on this ride?

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Jessica on February 24th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

We will be coming home for the first time June 5- June 9! Will the Seven Dwarfs Ride be open & will we be able to use our Fast Passes on it?

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jeffery on February 24th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

When will all of the AA figures and Special effects be installed by?

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Deborah on February 24th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I am very excited about this ride. I was upset when Snow White’s Adventures closed. I have been coming to the parks since the year it opened and I have seen so many favorites go away. I know you need to keep up with the new movies but it is nice to also not forget for us older people where it all came from too. I am looking forward to this new ride with old favorites.

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Martha on February 24th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Do you think the ride will open by May 11th?

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Meredith on February 24th, 2014 at 2:49 pm

What was the most exciting part of the attraction to design?

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Michelle on February 24th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

If you can please announce the date you will release the opening date I would really appreciate it. Thank you

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Katrina on February 24th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Can you elaborate on what makes the ride system unique, and what the development process was like for coming up with the side-to-side motion?

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anna on February 24th, 2014 at 2:50 pm

are there any elements of the old snow attraction in the new mine train??

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Jessica from FL on February 24th, 2014 at 2:54 pm

When can we expect the ride to be open??

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Michelle on February 24th, 2014 at 2:57 pm

We have a trip in April and would love to ride it.

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Dana on February 24th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Do you take into consideration that Disney has more visitors than years ago; hence, longer lines. So, how many riders will each train hold?

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Carissa on February 24th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

When are you anticipating the opening day to be? We will be visiting in August and are eager to ride!

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Kyle on February 24th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

I will be visiting Disney World with my family from March 15-26th, any chance the Mine Train will be open before or during that time frame?

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Danielle on February 24th, 2014 at 3:12 pm

What will the minimum height requirement be for this ride?

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brett from CA on February 24th, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Will there be stuff to put in the Ride when you get into the car like purses or backpacks ? And how long is the ride?

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George on February 24th, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Spring is a very vague answer :(

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Douglas on February 24th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

So glad this 1937 classic is bring brought to life in such detail. Although I hope one day, some how, the Tremaine Chateau/Cinderella that was planned for this spot meet and greet will make its way into a Disney park though!

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Michael on February 24th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Thanks Jennifer for moderating another successful Disney Chat.

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dee from VA on February 24th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Thank you, Jenn and Dave, for this insightful chat!

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Ashley on February 24th, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Thank you for putting this chat together :) A lot of my questions were answered and it will be great to experience this coaster!

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Tyler on February 24th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Thanks for the Chat. I wish I could have learned the ride duration. But otherwise a great and well discussed teaser chat. Thank you. I can’t wait for the ride to open!!!

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Debbie on February 25th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

The Chat was Awesome! Thanks to all! It would be great to see Bambi and Friends wandering in the woods on this Mountain!!! Just a Magical Wish from an ardent Disney Family!!! See WDW soon!:)

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