When will it ever open?! I think that’s how all of us feel about this much anticipated attraction – Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It is the final piece of the New Fantasyland expansion at the Magic Kingdom and we have watched, with bated breath, as it has grown up in the land.
While we still don’t know the exact opening date (though rumors have indicated May 2, keep in mind those are still rumors…nothing official has come from Disney yet), we are getting closer to the opening of the attraction, as I have come across some brand new information, detailing what you can expect with this new attraction. Let’s go on a journey, shall we?
First, we will start with the queue. As previously mentioned, this will be an interactive queue, and there will be three different interactive sections. You enter the queue and pass by a cottage as you make your way towards the mountain. You will then enter the mine of the Seven Dwarfs. Here, Doc will have a series of tasks that need to be completed, and you are invited to help!
First, guests will begin by sorting the jewels. Guests are asked to match jewels by color and shape as they flow down a wooden trough (created by touch screen video screens). After that, they will then wash the jewels by using a musical water spigot. Make sure to listen, as each spigot plays notes that together should create a familiar tune. Finally, guests enter the vault, where they see wooden barrels with stones. As the stones are turned, the ceiling above transforms.
Ok, so now we are going to get into the actual ride spoilers. If you want to be spoiled, click on to continue…
So, I see you’ve decided to join me! Let’s get to the nitty gritty and talk about the actual ride.
You will start out by boarding your mine car. From there, you will take off, winding down and around before starting to head up a very steep hill. Near the peak, you will see the broken track that lies before you, and look above as there will be two ominous vultures perched atop a crane…never a good sign. (The vultures are from the former Snow White’s Scary Adventure attraction.) But what’s this? You’ll hear a recognizable song being sung from the mountain. From there, your cart careens over the crest, where you will travel down and around the mountain, and head inside the mine shaft.
Once inside, you will happen upon all seven of the Seven Dwarfs, who are all collecting the gleaming jewels. You will make your way through the cavernous mine and ascend back outside again. Once you reach the top of the hill, be on the lookout for a gorgeous view of New Fantasyland. As you head back down the hill, guests will then pass behind a waterfall, and will also have the chance to peer into the cottage where Snow White and her friends are dancing. The mine car then returns, and did I mention that it sways as it goes along.
If the attraction is anything like the ride description from Disney, it sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I cannot wait until the ride officially opens, which hopefully will be sometime in the near future!