The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the newest WDW roller coaster and is the centerpiece of New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. It opened on May 28, 2014 and is based on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” It was touted as part coaster, part dark ride. We have had the opportunity to ride it several times, the first right after the fire in November (That’s another story). I want to share an overview and my opinion of the ride, but not give any spoilers for those of you who have not yet ridden it.
Queue: The outer facade is a tree-covered hill with rail tracks coming out. The outside line is amid the forest. You pass the front of the dwarfs cottage before entering into the mine. The inside queue is interactive with games to entertain you while you wait. The stand-by wait is usually over an hour. These will help pass the time. Personally, I will not wait that long for any attraction. When you come to the gem-filled barrels, make sure that you and the people around you get ALL of the barrels spinning as fast as you can and keep looking up. You will get a nice surprise.
Ride: The ride begins as a roller coaster, transitions to a dark ride, goes back to coaster, and ends as a dark ride. It is a “family friendly” coaster with an intensity similar to Big Thunder Mountain, but much smoother. It and Goofy’s Barnstormer are the only two coasters that Perdita will ride. The car that you ride in is an ornately carved barrel that sways as you round corners. You can feel this. It is a neat sensation that adds to the ride and makes it seem less jerky. The dark ride portions have some of the most impressive audio-animatronics. Several, including the vultures, are recycled from Snow White’s Scary Adventures. The only problem with the dark ride portions is that they are too brief. Songs from the film, “Heigh-Ho” and the “Yodel Song” are all a part of the ride.
Photos: There are two on-ride cameras. You can purchase photos and videos through Disney’s Photopass. The videos are new to us, and we were impressed. Unlike the other WDW rides, there are no screens to view the photos after the ride. The photos and video are sent to your email for viewing and purchase.
Impression: This is not an intense experience for thrill ride enthusiasts, but it won’t disappoint most of us. It is also not a completely meek experience like “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” I do think that it strikes a nice balance, though, with a good dose of both. As with many Disney rides, I have been able to appreciate the details and have enjoyed it more the more times I have ridden it. I love that I can ride it with Perdita and still get my coaster fix. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is definitely worth a Fastpass-plus spot. I wish the dark ride portion was longer, but that is my only complaint.