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10 fun facts about Disney's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train concept art

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in spring 2014. Here are 10 confirmed facts about the latest Disney roller coaster.

The new ride will combine elements of a dark ride with a traditional coaster, taking guests on a journey deep into the diamond mine where the Seven Dwarfs work. It is the final element of the expanded New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, which has been opening in phases over the last couple of years. Sitting at the heart of the area, it will become a new visual icon at the world's most popular theme park.

10. It'll look different from every angle

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction

The huge faux mountain that will host the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be an unmissable feature of New Fantasyland. However, it won't feature just one look. From the front, guests will see a wooded entrance leading to the Seven Dwarfs' cottage. From the back, it will resemble a seaside village (complete with a waterfall), tying in with Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid.

9. It'll be suitable for smaller kids

The height requirement for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be 38 inches. This compares to 40 inches for Big Thunder Mountain, suggesting that it will a tamer ride than the Frontierland favorite.

8. You'll be entertained while you wait

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train queue artwork

Disney has invested heavily in ways to improve the experience of waiting in line for its attractions over the past few years. Several Magic Kingdom attractions, including Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Dumbo the Flying Elephant have seen interactive elements added to their queue lines. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will boast these from the start, with guests being invited to sort and wash jewels from the mine as well as being able to enter the Dwarfs' vault.

7. It'll swing you back and forth

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train car

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The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will feature unique ride vehicles, which will swing from side-to-side, accentuating the corners of the circuit. The system should remain unique to Disney - the company's Imagineers have filed a patent on it.

6. It's made in Holland

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train track

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be manufactured by Vekoma, the Dutch firm that built the Big Thunder Mountains at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Disney has described the coaster as sitting somewhere between Barnstormer and Big Thunder Mountain in terms of thrills. With those rides reaching top speeds of 20mph and 30mph respectively, it's unlikely that the new ride will rocket around its course - with the thrills more likely to come from the swinging action of the cars.

5. It'll feature an all-new song

Seven Dwarfs

In the queue area, guests will be able to listen to a brand new song, Music in Your Soup. The song was originally written for the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie, but was ultimately not used. The area's music will be instrumental, as if the Dwarfs themselves are playing it.

4. It'll be multi-speed

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train concept art

Most roller coasters climb or are launched to the top of a hill, before racing around the rest of their circuits by gravity alone. Disney's latest creation, though, will be similar to Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy, in that it will combine dark ride sections with coaster sections. That means installing a system that will enable the trains to move at variable speeds.

3. You'll be able to reserve a ride

MagicBand

Disney has confirmed that the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will be part of the FastPass+ scheme, which means on-site resort guests will be able to book a slot to ride it in advance of their visit.

2. It'll bring the Seven Dwarfs to life

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train concept art

Disney has long pushed the envelope when it comes to creating advanced, life-like recreations of its characters. It's promised to do so again with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, bringing the dwarfs to life in ways never before seen.

1. It'll be a musical journey

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train concept art

The ride's circuit will encompass both indoor and outdoor areas, including sections in the mine and in a forest. One aspect of the layout that has been confirmed is that it will end with a scene showing the Seven Dwarfs celebrating along with Snow White in her cottage. Tunes from the movie will accompany guests at they whizz around.

Get the full low-down on Disney's new coaster by checking out our extensive Seven Dwarfs Mine Train guide.

There are 4 comments.

As far as I can tell, Vekoma are not based in the Holland region of The Netherlands. You might need to correct that (The Netherlands is the country, Holland is a region- it's kind of like calling England "Yorkshire") :)

The official website of the Netherlands Board of Tourism is Holland.com. It refers to the entire country as Holland (as well as the Netherlands, interchangeably).

The country's own government promotes a trade website called hollandtrade.com, which in turn promotes the "Made in Holland" trade magazine.

It may not be strictly correct but it is a widely accepted usage of the word "Holland". I don't think the same could be said of "Yorkshire" and "England".

It sounds like they are creating a fun line cue for this. If you use the fastpass optiion am I correct in assuming you will miss all that? Maybe better to hit early during extra magic hours if possible.

I was privileged to ride the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train this past Friday during the 24 hour park opening - it was AMAZING!!! The interactive cue is very cool and enjoyed by both children and adults. Yes, you do miss the cue if you are in the fast pass line.

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