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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
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The largest drop and bridge of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom.
Magic Kingdom
Park section Fantasyland
Coordinates 28°25′14″N 81°34′48″W / 28.42056°N 81.58000°W / 28.42056; -81.58000
Status Operating
Soft opening date May 21, 2014
Opening date May 28, 2014
Replaced 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage (1971–94)
Pooh's Playful Spot (2005–10)
Ariel's Grotto (1996-2004)
Shanghai Disneyland Park
Name Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
七个小矮人矿山车
Park section Fantasyland
Coordinates 31°08′51″N 121°39′20″E / 31.147459°N 121.655519°E / 31.147459; 121.655519
Status Operating
Soft operation date May 7, 2016
Opening date June 16, 2016
General statistics
Type Steel
Manufacturer Vekoma
Designer Walt Disney Imagineering
Model Custom
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)
Inversions 0
Duration 2:50
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.
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 traditional-animated feature film.

History

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).

Description

Queue

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.

Attraction

2011 prototype car for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
A prototype car for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train on display at the D23 Expo in 2011

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, and does not have Snow White dancing in the house with the dwarfs next to the final brake run.

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