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Where to Enjoy Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty at Disney Parks

posted on May 30th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Do you have plans to hit a movie theater this weekend to see “Maleficent”? The film tells the untold story of one of Disney’s most intriguing villains – and officially opens in theaters today!

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There are plenty of places at Disney Parks to catch Maleficent and other “Sleeping Beauty”-inspired guest offerings. Here’s a look at what’s available.

Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney World Resort

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The brand-new “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” is a feast for the senses for fans of Maleficent, who appears in the parade in fire-breathing dragon form. Be sure to check out the other characters from “Sleeping Beauty” who appear before her – the fairies Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, as well as some film-inspired figures, including ravens and walking thorn characters.

Maleficent is also featured in the “Dream Along With Mickey” stage show (check the My Disney Experience app or the Times Guide for showtimes). In the show, Maleficent decides to crash Mickey’s party and brings a host of Disney villains – and their nightmares – along with her.

Guests hoping to meet Aurora can also check the My Disney Experience app for times and availability.

Disneyland park, Disneyland Resort

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Of course, one of the crowning jewels of Disneyland park is Sleeping Beauty Castle. It was the first Disney castle ever built and was inspired by the film “Sleeping Beauty.”

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Guests at Disneyland park can also meet Aurora at Fantasy Faire in Fantasyland area of the park.

Join the “Maleficent” discussion online with the hashtag #Maleficent.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Officially Opens

posted on May 28th, 2014 by Tom Staggs, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts


This morning, we officially opened the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the latest addition to the Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Our new attraction is the crown jewel of New Fantasyland, and it features just the right combination of heart, humor, and thrill to appeal to everyone in the family. The attraction has a unique new ride system that allows the mine cars to sway back and forth as guests are immersed into the world of the treasured film.

Inside the mine, our Imagineers put to work some newly invented Audio-Animatronics magic that brings to life the stars of our attraction: Doc, Sneezy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Bashful, Happy, and Dopey. I think you’ll find all seven of them to be as charming as ever!

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For the grand opening of this family-friendly roller coaster, we were joined by some very special guests — seven “Littles” and their “Bigs” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida along with Orlando Magic stars Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris.

As I said when we dedicated this attraction a few weeks ago, we think this ride will be an instant classic – one that will connect new generations to one of Walt Disney’s earliest stories and its timeless characters. We’re excited to kick-off the summer by sharing Seven Dwarfs Mine Train with all of our guests.

P.S. Keep your eyes open as you ride. You may spot a hidden “tribute” to Oswald along the way!

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Download Our Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Wallpaper

posted on May 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today is finally the day – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has officially opened in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

To celebrate, we’re sharing a new version of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train poster, created by Disney artist Mike Britton, with all of you. Enjoy!

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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Celebrate Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Attraction in New Fantasyland With a Special Poster

posted on May 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: We’ve reached our limit and are no longer taking emails for a chance to receive a “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” poster. Click here for a list of recipients.

In just hours, the “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction, officially opens at Walt Disney World Resort. And to celebrate its debut, we’ve created a special poster especially for Disney Parks Blog readers.

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To enter for a chance to win one Seven Dwarfs Mine Train poster, be one of the first 100 people to email us a “Celebrating Seven Dwarfs Mine Train” greeting of no more than 50 characters in length to WDW.Sweepstakes@Disney.com and include your full name and mailing address in the email. Once the potential winners are determined, we’ll send notifications via email. See the sweepstakes rules and eligibility requirements here.

Sweepstakes open only to persons who, upon entering, are not deemed minors in their jurisdiction of primary residence and are legal residents of, and physically located within, the 50 United States or D.C. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Subject to complete Official Rules. Ends 5/27/14.

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Caption This: Gaston & Friends at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” image was shot in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. Sure looks like Gaston is having some fun with two new pals. But what has their attention? You tell us – go ahead and Caption This!

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Summertime is Underway at Disney Parks

posted on May 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


We just wrapped up the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event here at Disney Parks – our big kick-off to summer! There’s so much to see and do at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts this summer … here’s a peek:
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At Walt Disney World Resort, the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens on May 28. The crowning jewel of New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, this new attraction takes guests on a rollicking musical ride into the mine “where a million diamonds shine.”

Also at Magic Kingdom Park, the new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade features innovative parade floats, vibrant costumes and an original soundtrack that includes songs from favorite Disney films along with a new parade theme song.

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the popular “Festival of the Lion King” returns this summer in the new Harambe Theatre. The park will offer Harambe Nights on Saturday evenings, June 7 through August 9, featuring a dazzling theatrical experience and energetic street party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disney’s film, “The Lion King.”
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At the Disneyland Resort, guests can enjoy the newly reopened and enhanced Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, along with dazzling summer entertainment that, beginning in mid-June, will include “Frozen” characters in a special pre-parade float for Mickey’s Soundsational Parade. The pre-parade unit features Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and snowman Olaf.

Other summer entertainment in Disneyland includes daily performances of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” nightly performances of both “Fantasmic!” and “Magical” fireworks spectacular and a variety of new entertainment daily in Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. At Disney California Adventure park, guests continue to enjoy Cars Land and the popular nighttime offerings, “World of Color” and Mad T Party.

What are you looking forward to this summer at Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments!

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Heigh-Ho! It’s Off to Find Snow White and Seven Dwarfs Merchandise I Go

posted on May 23rd, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager



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The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland officially opens in just a few days at Magic Kingdom Park. Since I’m out at the Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event today, I figured it was a great time to highlight some “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” merchandise we currently offer in anticipation of that opening on May 28.
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One of the only items we developed for this new attraction was an open edition logo pin. The pin contains a swivel movement similar to the attraction vehicles created for the ride.
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I love these beautiful figurines featuring the Queen, Snow White and Dopey riding in a mine car.
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There are a few other things I found including an awesome new Snow White mug I recently discussed in a previous article, Seven Dwarfs artwork by Disney Design Group artist Randy Noble, and a humorous tee-shirt with my favorite dwarfs, Doc.

Look for these items and more at various merchandise locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

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Seven Reasons You’ll Love Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Can you believe we’re nearly two weeks away from the official opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train? The attraction, which will officially debut to guests on May 28, is the crowning jewel in the New Fantasyland expansion, which has also included the addition of Enchanted Tales With Belle, Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and more.
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Here are seven reasons you’ll love this attraction.

  1. It’s the newest Disney “mountain” – The debut of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train not only added another attraction to New Fantasyland, but it also plussed up the park’s landscape with another Disney “mountain” – the newest since Splash Mountain debuted in 1992.
  2. It features an innovative ride system – Imagineers developed special five-car trains designed to swing independently from side to side as they move along the track.
  3. A fun interactive queue – The attraction’s queue allows guests to immediately step into the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” by becoming miners themselves and playing a jewel washing game. See photos here.
  4. Awesomely advanced Audio-Animatronics figures – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train features some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures our Imagineers have ever created. (To learn more about the design process, click here).
  5. Its amazing level of detail - Like the rest of New Fantasyland, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is incredibly detailed – from the Wisteria Vine that lines the door of the Dwarfs’ cottage (just like in the film), down to the tracks of forest creatures that can be seen in the attraction’s pathway.
  6. Special nods to the film – Be on the lookout for a few historic treasures on your way through the attraction, including the song “Music In My Soup” in the queue. This tune was originally cut from the film during production in the 1930s, but Imagineers re-recorded it for this attraction. Also note the shadows of the Dwarfs marching home along the lift inside of the mine. These shadows were actually rotoscoped (traced frame by frame) from a scene in the original film.
  7. References to the previous Snow White attraction – When Magic Kingdom Park opened in 1971, Snow White’s Scary Adventures was among the list of opening day attractions. Look for familiar vulture figures perched at the top of the first climb, as well as Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy figures toward the end of the attraction.
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Time-Lapse Video: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Rises From New Fantasyland

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


As Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced last week, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will officially open its doors in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park on Wednesday, May 28.

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The addition of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train not only brings the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” back into the park – it also adds a fourth Disney “mountain” to the park’s skyline (the other three are Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain and Splash Mountain).

Watch Seven Dwarfs Mine Train rise up out of the ground in this new video, provided by Walt Disney Imagineering, below.

Visit the posts below for more videos of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Dedication at Magic Kingdom Park

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


This week, some of the most compelling images we shared on the Disney Parks Blog came from the May 2 dedication of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland.

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs joined Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on stage for the dedication. The attraction will officially open to guests on May 28.

This week we also shared several behind-the-scenes photos and videos from within the attraction. Be sure to check out the gallery above for a full look.

See the posts below for more about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

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