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Guests Celebrate Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park With Acapella Version Of ‘Heigh Ho’

posted on June 5th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Last week, we officially opened Seven Dwarfs Mine Train inside New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

After the opening ceremony, Orlando Magic players Victor Oladipo and Tobias Harris, “Littles” and “Bigs” from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida and the first seven families chosen to ride the attraction, showed off their Disney Sides by singing “Heigh Ho” from the film.

What do you think of their performance? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Infographic: A Journey Through Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on June 4th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


One week ago today, we officially opened Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the latest addition to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. And to continue the celebration here on the Disney Parks Blog, we’ve created a special infographic to take you on a quick journey through the attraction.

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Show Your Photography, Video Skills in Our ‘Be the 8th Miner’ Contest

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


The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is officially open for business here in New Fantasyland. But it looks like the Seven Dwarfs are looking to add an eighth miner to their ranks – and it could be you!

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For the next seven weeks, you can enter the “Be The Eighth Miner” contest for a chance to win a seven-day, seven-night vacation to Walt Disney World Resort to meet the Dwarfs and experience Seven Dwarfs Mine Train for yourself. Each week, a new challenge will be posted on BeThe8thMiner.com that asks you to show specific “Seven Dwarf”-inspired skills in a photo or Vine video. Once your entry is done, you simply follow @WaltDisneyWorld on Twitter, and tweet out your entry along with the hashtag #8thMinerContest.

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The first week’s challenge, Grumpy’s Challenge, was just posted and asks you to submit your grumpiest selfie. And look, Grumpy Cat is leading by example!

For more on this contest and official rules, click here.

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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.

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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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