Fun Facts About Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland

Traci shared with us yesterday that the official opening date for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland has been announced! Beginning May 28th, 2014 guests will be treated to a thrilling musical ride into the mine "where a million diamonds shine." This family coaster is inspired by the film classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and takes Walt Disney World Resort guests into the famous mine, glittering with diamonds, rubies, and other precious gems, where the Seven Dwarfs sing happily as they work. To celebrate the excitement of a brand new Disney attraction I wanted to share some fun facts I recently discovered about the attraction.

The Dwarfs charming fairy tale cottage is a meticulously detailed representation of the cozy home seen in Disney's first Princess movie, right down to the wisteria vine and birdhouse near the front door.

In the original Brothers Grimm tale, the Seven Dwarfs were unnamed. When Walt Disney decided to name them scores of names were discussed and rejected. Some of those names include: Wheezy, Jumpy, Baldy, Hickey, Sniffy, Stuffy, Burpy, Tubby, Shorty, Deafy and Dizzy.

The Cottage Replica Welcomes Guests To The Enchanted ForestThe Cottage Replica Welcomes Guests To The Enchanted Forest

Interactive stations are located throughout the attraction queue giving guests a little entertainment as they wait to ride. At the first one Doc's note explains the jewel washing game. As the jewels flow by in a wooden trough, guests can touch and drag them into a tray on the side where they are matched by color and shape.

A melody from the classic film can be created in the queue by moving from spigot to spigot at the jewel washing station. 12 spigots correspond to the notes of the musical scale.

At the third interactive station, "Vault" is carved into a wooden door-frame referencing the scene in the film where Dopey opens the vault and throws in a bag of gems, then locks the door with a key. Dopey's key hangs on a peg next to the entrance to the vault in the queue.

Interactive Elements In Queue Make Waiting FunInteractive Elements In Queue Make Waiting Fun

The two vultures perched on the jib crane near the mine entrance are styled after the vultures in the film and originally appeared in the Snow White's Scary Adventure attraction.

Each mine car was designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, hand crafted by the Dwarfs. Hand-hammered metal bands and nails are used to bind the wood. The cradle design allows the cars to swing back and forth as they carry riders along the winding track.

Innovation Ride DesignInnovation Ride Design

This newly patented ride design provides a one-of-a-kind ride experience developed at Walt Disney Imagineering. A great family friendly roller coaster the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a little gentler than Big Thunder Mountain.

Almost completely "on stage" in its New Fantasyland location, riders on this rockin' coaster are treated to some amazing views.

At the top of the second lift, guests have a brief moment to enjoy an inspiring view across Fantasyland to Belle's cottage, Beast's Castle above Be Our Guest Restaurant, and beyond. Then, the track drops precipitously, passing under a trestle and looping around the mountain crossing over the same trestle. The vehicle picks up speed as it careens down the mountain, twisting and turning, with its cars swinging back and forth. At the foot of the mountain, the mine train loops back to cross a pool at the bottom of a waterfall.

This New Fantasyland Centerpiece Offers Stunning ViewsThis New Fantasyland Centerpiece Offers Stunning Views

In the last view of the cottage, around the corner of the far wall, the Wicked Queen can be seen in her disguise as an old hag. She turns toward the train as it passes, and cackles wickedly.

If you can't be there for opening day, or even just don't want to wait " check out this full ride video on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train from Disney Parks Blog!

So, what did you think of the ride? Are you excited to try it out for yourself during your next Walt Disney World Vacation? Leave a comment and let us know!

Shelley wrote on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 15:06:

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I can't wait to see it in august!!!

Lois wrote on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 18:53:

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This really looks like fun.....I will be there in September, 2014... Can't wait...

Cait wrote on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 21:41:

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We'll be there in July and we're so excited to try out this new ride! Can't wait!! :)

crazycatperson wrote on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 22:54:

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I think I'll have to try it at least once - from the look of the video, it shouldn't give me a bad case of motion sickness.

JoAnn C wrote on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 23:17:

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I can't wait to ride it.

Clara Christensen wrote on Tue, 12/30/2014 - 16:58:

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I wish the ride actually slowed while in the mine so you could appreciate the details.

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