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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.