Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
|Seven Dwarfs Mine Train|
|Soft opening date||May 21, 2014|
|Opening date||May 28, 2014|
|Replaced||20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage (1971–94)|
Ariel's Grotto (1996-2004)
Pooh's Playful Spot (2005–10)
Individual Lightning Lane available
|Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom at RCDB|
Pictures of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom at RCDB
|Shanghai Disneyland Park|
|Name||Seven Dwarfs Mine Train|
|Soft opening date||May 7, 2016|
|Opening date||June 16, 2016|
Single rider line available
|Seven Dwarfs Mine Train|
七个小矮人矿山车 at Shanghai Disneyland Park at RCDB
Pictures of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
七个小矮人矿山车 at Shanghai Disneyland Park at RCDB
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Track layout||MK700 "J"|
|Lift/launch system||Two chain lift hills|
|Drop||39 ft (12 m)|
|Length||2,000 ft (610 m)|
|Speed||34 mph (55 km/h)|
|Height restriction||38 in (97 cm)|
|Trains||5 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.|
|Theme||Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs|
Must transfer from wheelchair
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a steel roller coaster located at Magic Kingdom and Shanghai Disneyland Park. Manufactured by Vekoma, the roller coaster is situated in the Fantasyland sections of both parks. The Magic Kingdom version opened to the public on May 28, 2014, as part of a major park expansion called New Fantasyland, while the Shanghai version opened on June 16, 2016. The ride is themed to Walt Disney's 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length, traditionally-animated feature film.
The Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom underwent a large expansion and renovation from March 2010 through May 2014. As part of the expansion, the Magic Kingdom's original Snow White attraction, Snow White's Scary Adventures, was permanently closed on May 31, 2012 and replaced with Princess Fairytale Hall, a new Disney Princess meet and greet. A new area themed to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, featuring Snow White's cottage and the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster, was dedicated on May 2, 2014 and officially opened on May 28, 2014. The ride soft-opened in the Magic Kingdom on May 21, 2014, fully opening a week later on May 28, 2014, Replacing 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage (1971-94) and Pooh's Playful Spot (2005-10).
The queue hosts a few interactive activities. One was a gem-sorting game where guests match up three jewels of different shape but the same color, but has since been replaced with an overlay of immovable physical gems. There is also a spot with barrels full of gems that guests spin to create reflective animations of the Seven Dwarfs on the ceiling. If all of the dwarfs are present on the ceiling, an animation of Snow White appears in the middle of the Dwarfs' animations. Finally there are the "musical spigots," a gem washing station with wooden taps carved to woodland animals. There are 12 spigots each representing a note on the chromatic scale.
The ride travels both indoors and outdoors, similar to Frontierland's major attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Unlike roller coasters such as the Incredicoaster and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, this attraction is designed to appeal to a family-oriented crowd with enchanting scenery and cartoonish architecture; it retains details from the original 1937 film. The attraction features a new ride system of a "tilting vehicle". This new technology simulates the swaying and tipping one would expect to experience in a mine cart.
Songs from the film, such as Heigh-Ho, are featured in the attraction. Most of the Audio-Animatronics, including the Dwarf figures of Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Grumpy, and Bashful performing their Yodel Song in the final scene, are recycled from the demolished Snow White's Scary Adventures attraction. Additionally, the vulture figures from the previous attraction ride are perched on a mining structure early in the ride. Many of the figures within the cave are new designs from the animation team, with the most important and recognizable contribution being Doc's high range of motion, two-degree-of-freedom wrist.
The ride features two on-ride cameras that provide videos and pictures for guests to buy through Disney's PhotoPass, which it began doing on September 18, 2014. It is one of only two Walt Disney World attraction to provide videos for guests, the other being The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Unlike the rest of the attractions at Walt Disney World with on-ride cameras (with the exception of Frozen Ever After and Slinky Dog Dash), there are no monitors to view the ride pictures and, instead, they are automatically added to a guest's My Disney Experience account via RFID in the guest's MagicBand linked to the account, if riding with one on their wrist.
The ride layouts are the same in the Florida and Shanghai versions of the ride. The major differences between the two are that the Shanghai version has all its songs in Mandarin instead of English. Also at the final brake run, while both versions have a hut with Snow White dancing, the Florida version is much closer to the tracks as compared to the Shanghai version, where a well with several animals playing inside it is in place.
On November 1, 2014, falling embers from Wishes fireworks show landed on the fake grass exterior of the ride, causing a fire near the bridge that the coaster travels on just before entering the mine. This caused the ride and the area around it to be evacuated. The fire was first reported around 10:20 p.m. Reedy Creek Fire Department responded and extinguished the fire within minutes, according to eyewitnesses. By 11 p.m., multiple eyewitnesses said the fire was out. There were no injuries reported. The area around it reopened later that night and the ride reopened at 12:30 p.m. the following afternoon.
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