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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.

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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.

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7 Magical GIFs from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at New Fantasyland

posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Earlier today, we shared the exciting update that the “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will officially open on May 28. To celebrate, we’re sharing a special series of GIFs featuring the attraction.

To see Disney Parks come to life through more GIFs be sure to check us out on Giphy.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Opens May 28 at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


On Friday, May 2 at Magic Kingdom Park, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced that the “crowning jewel” of New Fantasyland, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, will officially open on May 28.

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During this morning’s ceremony, Tom was joined by Disney Princess Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as he invited everyone to celebrate the addition of the final component to New Fantasyland.

“Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is both literally and figuratively the centerpiece of New Fantasyland, so we knew it had to be something special,” Tom said. “The attraction appeals to everyone in the family and provides just the right blend of heart, humor, and thrill while keeping with the charm of this special land.”

The family-style coaster features an innovative new ride system that allows cars to swing back and forth as they travel down the track. The cars are even designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, handmade of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped by an axe, and used to haul rocks and jewels.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train also uses the latest in technology featuring some of the most advanced and charming Audio-Animatronics figures we’ve ever created. Adding to the fun, the journey will be accompanied by music from the film classic and scenes filled with Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and playful forest critters.

We have much more to share in the weeks before the attraction opens on May 28, so be sure to keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

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Video: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Dedication from Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 2nd, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


This morning, we offered a special opportunity to watch the official dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at New Fantasyland live – right here on the Disney Parks Blog. Click the video to watch a replay of the ceremony.

Follow along as we provide updates on the @WaltDisneyWorld Twitter account during the event. You can also learn more about the family-style coaster by checking out our exclusive “All in the Details” series.

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Watch the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Dedication Live from Magic Kingdom Park

posted on May 1st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you can’t join us in New Fantasyland tomorrow, we’re offering a special opportunity to watch the official dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train live – right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs as well as Disney Princess Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be inviting everyone to Rock Your “Disney Side” and celebrate the addition of the final component to New Fantasyland during Friday’s dedication.

Our special Disney Parks Blog live stream begins at 7:25 a.m. EST on May 2, and we’ll be providing updates on the @WaltDisneyWorld Twitter account before and during the event. You can also learn more about the family-style coaster before the live stream by checking out our exclusive “All in the Details” series.

See you back here on Friday morning.

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Exploring the Interactive Queue at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland

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


Last week, we unveiled the first look inside the interactive queue at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Today we have a new peek inside at some of the hands-on fun guests can have when the attraction opens this spring.

As you can see in the video, guests can sort gemstones in digital sluice boxes, twirl buckets of gemstones to create some magical projections on the ceiling, and more. The area is also themed with picks, shovels and barrels.

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Full Ride-Through: Take A Trip Aboard Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland

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


Are you ready to take a trip aboard Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and journey into the lives of the Seven Dwarfs? Then check out this full ride-through video of the attraction, which is set to open this spring in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

It sure looks like the Imagineers did a great job. What makes you excited to ride? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Imagineers Bring New Audio-Animatronics to Life at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

posted on April 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


How do you recreate Disney characters for a new attraction? According to Walt Disney Imagineering, it all starts with a hand-drawn sketch …

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In this new video, our Imagineers take you behind the scenes to see how they’re bringing to life some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics characters ever created. According to them, the process involved working with Walt Disney Animation Studios and going back to the original film to study each Dwarf’s individual motions and even facial expressions in order to get them just right. The end goal: To make them look as if they just jumped off of the screen.

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