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Disney Fun Facts: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Disney’s newest attraction the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is set for its grand opening on May 28th. I can’t wait to experience this fun new attraction! Let’s take a look at some of the fun facts about this new Disney experience.

  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, in the Enchanted Forest of New Fantasyland (Magic Kingdom), is a family coaster inspired by the film classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” that 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.
      • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is almost completely “on stage.” With its location in the middle of New Fantasyland, guests aboard the rockin’ coaster are afforded amazing views from all angles.
          • The footprints of forest creatures, large and small, and the impressions of sticks, stones and acorns are embedded in the dirt path that meanders through the Enchanted Forest, leading to the attraction.
              • The Dwarfs cottage is a meticulously detailed representation of the cozy home seen in the classic film, down to the wisteria vine and birdhouse at the front door.
                  • At the first interactive station in the attraction queue, Doc’s note explains the jewel washing game. As the jewels flow by in a wooden trough, or sluice, guests touch and drag them into a tray on the side of the sluice, matching them by color and shape. The trough is about 15 feet long and is accessible from both sides.
                      • At the third interactive station in the queue, “Vault” is carved into the wooden crosspiece, or lintel, above the doorway. This is a reference to the scene in the film where Dopey opens the vault and throws in a bag of gems, then locks the door with a key. For safekeeping, Dopey hangs the key to the vault on a peg next to the door. The key hangs on a peg next to the entrance to the vault in the queue as well.
                          • The figures of Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy, seen in the cottage near the end of the attraction, originally appeared in Snow White’s Scary Adventure, a Magic Kingdom attraction now the site of Princess Fairytale Hall. The figures of Snow White, Dopey and Sneezy, in the cottage scene, were created for this attraction.
                              • 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.
                                  • The individual mine cars are designed to reflect similar vehicles that appear in the film, handmade of wood by the Dwarfs, shaped with an ax, and used to haul rocks and jewels. Hand-hammered metal bands and nails are used to bind the wood. In the film, the mine cars sit in a cradle that allows them to be tipped to unload their contents. Here, the cradle design allows the cars to swing back and forth as they carry riders along the winding track.
                                      • The innovative, patented ride system for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is an original design developed at Walt Disney Imagineering. It features five-car trains designed to swing independently from side to side as they move along the track. This newly patented design provides a one-of-a-kind ride experience.
                                          • Next to Doc’s workstation in the mine, the carved wooden clock is a replica of the one seen in the film with the figures of two miners striking an anvil. As in the film, that motion signals the start of the beloved song, “Heigh-Ho.”
                                              • At the jewel washing station, a melody from the classic film can be created by moving from spigot to spigot. There are 12 spigots, corresponding to the notes of the musical scale.
                                                  • The jewels seen throughout the mine come in four different sizes and six different colors: red, green, amber, purple, blue and clear.
                                                      • The shadows of the Dwarfs marching homeward along the track on the lift inside of the mine were rotoscoped from the scene in the original film where the Dwarfs march across a log bridge, singing “…home from work we go.” (Rotoscoping is a technique where the movements of a figure in original live or animated footage are copied, or traced, frame-by-frame).
                                                          • 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.
                                                              • In the original tale by the Brothers Grimm, the Dwarfs were unnamed. When Walt Disney and his animators decided to name them to correspond with their character, scores of names were rejected including: Wheezy, Jumpy, Baldy, Hickey, Sniffy, Stuffy, Burpy, Tubby, Shorty, Deafy and Dizzy.
                                                                  • 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 watching Snow White and the Dwarfs through a cottage window. She turns toward the train as it passes, and cackles wickedly.
                                                                    • Are you looking forward to experiencing the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland?

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                                                                      Maureen Litz- Diehl-Brown
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                                                                      Maureen Litz- Diehl-Brown

                                                                      awesome article and yes I can’t wait to ride! ~ Two Moms and a Mouse

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      I can’t wait to ride it too! I watched a couple videos of it the other day. Very cool!

                                                                      Deb @ Focused on the Magic
                                                                      Guest
                                                                      Deb @ Focused on the Magic

                                                                      I can’t wait to ride it! When I was there they were doing load testing with CMs and they were having a great time.

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      It looks like so much fun! I love the ride vehicles!

                                                                      Deb @ Focused on the Magic
                                                                      Guest
                                                                      Deb @ Focused on the Magic

                                                                      I can’t wait to ride it! When I was there they were doing load testing with CMs and they were having a great time.

                                                                      Sean @DisneyDayByDay
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      Awesome great facts – can’t wait to ride this one.

                                                                      Sean @DisneyDayByDay
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      Awesome great facts – can’t wait to ride this one.

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      Me too! Looks like a lot of fun!

                                                                      jjzmgailey
                                                                      Guest
                                                                      jjzmgailey

                                                                      We’re going down this weekend to see Maleficent at the AMC Fork & Screen and we’ve got a FastPass+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train a couple of hours after the movie ends! Can hardly wait! 🙂

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      How fun! Enjoy the new movie and the new ride!

                                                                      Cindy Howell
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      I soooo can’t wait to ride this! I had no idea about all of the little details.

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      Me too! And the queue looks almost as much fun as the ride itself!

                                                                      Beth D.
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      I just cannot wait to experience this new attraction! I have a little thrill seeker in my family and she has done nothing but talk about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Hopefully we will be setting our vacation dates very soon!

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      How exciting! I’m sure experiencing this attraction with a little one will make it that much more magical!

                                                                      Lynn Wiltse
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      I love all the details Disney puts into their attractions! We’re headed back next month and I cannot wait to ride this!

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      Have fun on your trip!

                                                                      Mouse Ears Mom
                                                                      Guest
                                                                      Mouse Ears Mom

                                                                      Kimberly, your blog is one of my favorite blogs to read! I just LOVE all the fun facts you pass along to us readers. I was so excited to experience this ride before reading this post. Now I can’t wait to look for all these little gems while I’m there! Thanks 🙂

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      Thank you so much! I love sharing the little details at Disney. To me, they are a big part of what makes Disney magic!

                                                                      Lisa Cameron
                                                                      Guest
                                                                      Lisa Cameron

                                                                      We already booked our Fast Passes for this ride for our July trip. For once I’m not going to be a ride chicken and go. I will enjoy looking for all the little details. Thanks for sharing!

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      Woohoo! Have fun! July is one of my favorite times to visit!

                                                                      DIStherapy
                                                                      Guest
                                                                      DIStherapy

                                                                      Over the past few trips, we’ve gotten to peek at just some of the adorable hidden details on and around the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. BUT, you’ve outlined so many more. We are just busting to ride it! And as you point out, the New Fantasyland views might just be spectacular!!

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      I can’t wait to ride it too! Looks like such a cute ride!

                                                                      Beth Green
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      This is a thorough list of things to look out for! I can’t wait to ride it and especially see the views of Fantasyland! The interactive part seems like a lot of fun too.

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      The queue looks almost as fun as the ride!

                                                                      MouseFanDiane
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      Great review Kim, I can’t wait to ride. I need to ride 😉

                                                                      Kimberly
                                                                      Guest

                                                                      I can’t wait to ride too! The mine cars look so neat!

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