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Today in Disney History: 1964 New York World’s Fair Opened 50 Years Ago Today

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


You may have noticed the beautiful artwork that’s appearing above on the blog today – and it’s all in honor of the 50th anniversary of the April 22 opening of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Artwork by Disney Legend John Hench

It was for this World’s Fair that Walt Disney and his team designed several attractions that would eventually make their way into Disney theme parks, including “it’s a small world,” Carousel of Progress, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln and Ford Magic Skyway (part of which would become the Primeval World along Disneyland Railroad).

Walt’s involvement with the World’s Fair gave his team new opportunities to develop innovative technology and Audio-Animatronics figures that would take Disney attractions to a new level. It also gave us Disney Parks fans a few Sherman Brothers songs that we’ve come to cherish over the years: “it’s a small world (after all)” for the “it’s a small world” attraction and “There’s a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow” for Carousel of Progress.

Be sure to check out original World’s Fair attraction sketches and artwork from the Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library in our header section above.


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All in the Details: Glittering Gems Light Up Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we’ve received some of our most exciting “sneak peek” photos yet from within Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. As we previously shared, the attraction features an interactive queue with a few different elements guests can look forward to.

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One interactive opportunity, according to our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering, is the chance to sort gemstones at a 15-foot digital sluice box. Here, guests can drag gems into different trays and match them by color and shape.

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Buckets of glittering gems also highlight the area – simply gorgeous props!

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Top Five: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Videos from Walt Disney Imagineering

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


With the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opening later this spring, this week we thought we’d review some of the best video content we’ve shared so far around this attraction.

Just to review, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was Inspired by the 1937 Disney animated film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – but unlike Magic Kingdom Park’s original Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction, this new experience tells the tale from the dwarfs’ perspective. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family coaster with a ‘38-inch height requirement, and will be the final attraction to debut in New Fantasyland as a part of the park’s multi-year New Fantasyland expansion.

Over the past few months, we’ve released several videos that offer looks inside the making of the attraction. Check out some of our favorites below.

  1. Check out a ride-through video of the attraction, which is shown side-by-side with an early CGI rendering that Imagineers used to help design the attraction’s track.

  2. Take a peek inside the attraction for a first look at the Dwarfs and the technology used to bring them to life.

  3. Yellow Shoes Creative Group shared this CGI video of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

  4. Take a look behind the scenes to see how Walt Disney Imagineering created ride vehicles for the attraction.

  5. Head onto the construction site with Imagineers Dave Minichiello and Pam Rawlins to learn more about how Mine Train was constructed.

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First Look: Feast Your Eyes On Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Characters

posted on April 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier today, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, spoke at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., and shared updates on what’s new at Disney Parks around the world. During the presentation he unveiled a video that offered the first look at some of the amazing new characters who will be part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. These are some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created.

See for yourself in the video below.

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All in the Details: Jewel Sorting & More Inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today’s look inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train takes a peek into an area we haven’t shared much about yet – the attraction’s queue, which features a few interactive opportunities for guests.

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According to our friends from Walt Disney Imagineering, first up inside the interactive queue is a jewel sorting station. As the jewels flow by in a 15-foot wooden sluice, guests will be able to drag them into different trays, matching them by color and shape (the gems come in four different sizes and six colors). Something to look for here is that a melody from the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” can be created when guests move from spigot to spigot. There are 12 spigots, inspired by the Dwarfs’ woodland friends, that each correspond to the notes of a musical scale.

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Later on in the queue, guests will pass the Vault room. According to our friends at Imagineering, this is a nod to a scene in the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” in which one of the dwarfs hangs a key just outside the mine’s Vault room door. Do you remember which dwarf this was? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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All in the Details: The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Cottage Close Up at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s look at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland offers a close look at the Dwarfs’ cottage. According to our friends at Imagineering, guests aboard the Mine Train will whisk past the cottage just after the first big drop out of the mine scene.
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The look of the cottage was inspired by the Dwarfs’ dwelling in the film “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” As you can see, it has a thatched roof, thick beams, and charming carved details that serve as nods to the many forest friends Snow White and the Dwarfs have in the forest.

Be sure to check back this Thursday for another look at the details on this attraction.


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All in the Details: The Changing Terrain of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 27th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Walking through New Fantasyland and watching the evolution of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has been fascinating, seeing such a large attraction rise up from scaffolding and into a beautiful mountain covered with lush trees and colorful wildflowers. Let’s take a quick photo walk around it today with these shots.

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Earlier this year, Walt Disney Imagineering shared that two props from the former Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction had been placed in Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as a nod to the previous attraction. Those vultures can now be seen at the top of the first big “climb” in the attraction, surrounded by stacks of crates – containing newly mined jewels, perhaps?

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Nearby, a Mine Train cart peeks out and is propped with mining tools and crumbling rock.
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Overall, nearly the entire mountain has been covered with thick pine trees, poppy flowers and colorful shrubs.

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First Look: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Logo Unveiled

posted on March 18th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Check out the lovely piece of artwork that our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared with us – it’s the first look at the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train logo.

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Can you name each of the Seven Dwarfs in order from left to right on your first try? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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All in the Details: Mining Props Inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 11th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “All in the Details” photo was snapped by Walt Disney Imagineering inside the Mine Scene at the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction in New Fantasyland. In this scene, the Dwarfs are hard at work in the mine and this chalkboard is how they keep track of the treasures they find.

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When you ride through the attraction, you’ll see that jewels appear in four different sizes and in six different colors: red, green, amber, purple, blue and clear.

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Just how many jewels have our Imagineers positioned in the mine? You’ll just have to wait and see!

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All in the Details: The View From the Top of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on March 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared with us some amazing images from the top of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. These photos offer up the first look at what the view will be from atop the newest Disney “mountain” – what a gorgeous sight!

This first photo overlooks Beast’s Castle and the Belle’s Village section of New Fantasyland.
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This shot was taken in the direction of the castle wall, Cinderella Castle, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel and Pinocchio’s Village Haus. (You can also see a bit of the construction that’s still going on in this photo).
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In addition to these sights, the Imagineers tell us that guests will also get a great view of Prince Eric’s Castle and Storybook Circus during their ride around the mine.

Seven Dwarf Mine Train will open to guests later this spring. Be sure to keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for more information.

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