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All in the Details: Construction Walls Come Down at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

posted on April 25th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Seven Dwarfs Mine Train achieved another milestone overnight last night, when Walt Disney Imagineering removed the final construction walls from around the attraction.

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These are the first photos we’ve shown that offer a look at what the entrance will look like, including both the Standby and FastPass entrances.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open later this spring. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more news and updates on the attraction.

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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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All in the Details: A Unique Perspective of Belle’s Village at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 15th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s photo of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was snapped from a unique angle – as if the Mine Train Cart was rushing down the first drop toward Belle’s Village.

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What do you think? Will you ride the attraction when it debuts later this spring?

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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: Dopey Drops By Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 10th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Look who just stopped by New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park to check on the progress of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction – it’s Dopey!

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The attraction, which is still under construction, tells the story of “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” from the perspectives of the Dwarfs. Positioned just behind Dopey in this photo, you can catch a glimpse of the “big drop” in the attraction, which takes place just after guests journey through the Dwarfs’ mine.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is scheduled to open later this spring (exact date is still yet-to-be-announced). In the meantime, what aspect of this attraction are you most excited to see for yourself? The mine? The view from the top? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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All in the Details: Check Out a CGI Ride-Through of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on April 8th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s look inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train comes to us from Yellow Shoes Creative Group, a team that is currently working on some of the advertising for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
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This week, the team sent us a full version of a CGI video that takes you on a colorful ride through part of the attraction. A portion of this was shared during “The Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” broadcast back in December – check out the full version below.

Is it just me, or do you suddenly have a very strong interest in gemstones?


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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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Five Things You Might Have Missed in ‘it’s a small world’ at Disneyland Park

posted on April 1st, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If, like me and most Disney Parks guests, you’ve been on “it’s a small world” countless times, you may think you’ve seen every detail. I recently had the opportunity to tour the attraction here at Disneyland park on foot, giving me the time to stop and really take a look around. Since today is April Fool’s Day, it seemed like the perfect time to share some things that some guests might not have noticed while riding the happiest cruise that ever sailed.

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This one made me stop and laugh out loud. As the boat passes below the bridge in the Enchanted Isles scene, look up and see this schoolboy … um, playing? … with a frog.

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In the Western Europe scene, there is a little blonde doll holding a balloon halfway up the Eiffel Tower. She was created as a tribute to the attraction’s designer, Mary Blair. Notice the short blonde hair and groovy floral dress. Haven’t seen her before? It’s likely because riders’ backs are turned toward the side of the tower she sits on as the boat passes by. So next time you pass the Eiffel Tower, turn around and look up!

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The figures in “it’s a small world” were designed to look like a children’s art project. Look closely at Jaq and Gus next time you pass them … their whiskers and tails are made of pipe cleaners.

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You literature and/or Broadway fans are probably way ahead on this one, but two of my favorite figures in “it’s a small world” appear in the Western Europe scene. Look up and to the left to see Don Quixote fighting his unbeatable foe (windmills), with his loyal sidekick Sancho Panza (astride his donkey, of course), from the Spanish novel “Don Quixote” by Miguel de Cervantes. Or “The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha” for those who aren’t really into brevity.

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I’m usually too charmed by the Pinocchio marionette to see Jiminy Cricket just over his shoulder. He’s so tiny!

What are your favorite hidden details in “it’s a small world”? Let us know in the comments, and join the 50th anniversary celebration at SmallWorld50.com!

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