ORLANDO — Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs on Friday inaugurated what executives here are calling the “crowning jewel” of the five-year Fantasyland expansion — the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster.
Officially opening to the public on May 28, the Mine Train ride marks the culmination of an overhaul of Fantasyland that more than doubles the size of the themed land at the Magic Kingdom, Disney World’s most visited theme park.
Intended to be a focal attraction of the New Fantasyland area, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family-friendly thrill ride that while full of twists and turns, does not feature any steep drops or dark-and-scary music or scenery. It is largely upbeat, focusing on the sights and sounds of the Disney classic “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Guests board a train of mine cars that soars along the rails through mountainous and forested scenery as they ride in and out of the mine, and past the movie’s characters to the soundtrack of some of the film’s famous music, including of course “Heigh-Ho.”
In addition to the forward motion, the cars rock back and forth, a new feature for a Disney roller coaster. Guests must meet the 38-inch height requirement to ride.
While waiting in line, guests can play with an interactive digital gemstone game (a hit with kids at the ride’s preview event), a playful water feature and with moving props. They are the kinds of features Disney is increasingly integrating into lines to make the wait more interesting.
The Mine Train ride resides in the New Fantasyland, which encompasses attractions such as Enchanted Tales with Belle, Under the Sea — Journey of the Little Mermaid and the Storybook Circus area. It lies just beyond the original Fantasyland.
The New Fantasyland is the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom, which opened in 1971.
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