of Matt Stroshane
The largest expansion in Disney World history will be complete when the Seven Dwarves Mine Train coaster opens at the end of the month.
Part of the New Fantasyland, the Snow White
-inspired ride marks the completion of the Enchanted Forest and Storybook sections of the park. Other attractions new to the Magic Kingdom include Ariel’s “Under the Sea” ride and Grotto, the “Be Our Guest” restaurant, Gaston’s tavern, and Enchanted Tales with Belle.
The Mine Train is an immersive experience into the habits of the seven dwarves and is bound to leave riders whistling a happy tune for the rest of the day. USA Today
got a sneak peak at the coaster, which features tilting mine cars, the latest in animatronics, and of course, classic Snow White
"The ride system is unlike anything we've seen," said Disney expert Lou Mongello. "It looks and acts like a true mine cart while still being accessible enough for kids, parents and the entire family."
The mine cars operate at an easygoing pace with small drops, even slowing to a crawl inside the mountain to give park-goers an up-close look at Snow White’s seven companions, and even some hidden Mickeys. Mine Train riders are also treated to picturesque views of the Beast’s Castle and the rest of New Fantasyland.
If you choose to brave the line for the Mine Train, it is doubtful that you will be bored. There are three interactive stations to keep park-goers busy as they wait.
photo courtesy of Matt Stroshane
In the first station, riders virtually sort and wash gems from the mine. As the line moves towards the jewel-washing station, riders can create a unique melody by placing their hands under 12 different spigots representing notes on a scale. When park-goers finally approach the entrance to the mountain, they can spin large barrels to reveal hidden pictures of the dwarves. These small yet special features help make the wait for the ride more entertaining while adding to the immersive magical experience.
The Seven Dwarves Mine Train will certainly be a great addition to New Fantasyland and the Magic Kingdom.
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