Photos From The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train In The Magic Kingdom

So the final element in Disney's New Fantasyland expansion for The Magic Kingdom is finally open and now everyone (or at least everyone with $100 for a park ticket) can try out the new family coaster/dark ride The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. It's been pretty extensively covered everywhere so I'm sure you've seen the promotional photos and the video footage. It's not a thrill ride by most people's standards and comparison's to Diagon Alley over at Universal when it opens may be unfavorable. But the photos shot by Disney Photography Blog show just how beautiful the theming on this ride really is. Source: Disney Photography Blog - Seven Dwarfs Mine …Read more  »

Looking At The Design And Technology Of The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

So today is the day that The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opens in the Magic Kingdom. A cause for great excitement amongst Disney Theme Park fans and marking the final completion of the New Fantasyland project after approximately 1 billion years (it's possible I'm exaggerating slightly). All of which is pretty cool in itself. But if, like me, you find the behind the scenes of making these rides interesting then you should check out the article by Jim Hill on some of the technology and design choices behind the animatronic elements of the ride. I think it's possible that Disney may have managed to build a roller-coaster that even …Read more  »

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train — A First Look At Some Of The Animatronics

It shouldn't be much longer now until the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney Wold opens and completes the New Fantasyland expansion. They haven't officially announced a date, but some time in May is what everyone seems to be expecting. We've see plenty of shots of the outside and some concept art of the inside, but this video released by Disney shows us a bit more about the dark ride portion of this rollercoaster. Disney has experimented with this sort of animatronics before, but there aren't many examples of it in The Magic Kingdom. As well as the traditional animatronic elements, they're able to animate …Read more  »

Disney Rides: Peter Pan’s Flight At The Magic Kingdom

While other people get all excited about roller coasters and thrill rides, I enjoy the slower dark rides. One of my favorites is Peter Pan's Flight in The Magic Kindom at Disney World. It's one of only a few rides that have been in the park since it opened in 1971 and it is an expansion of the Peter Pan ride that was in place when Disneyland opened in 1955. But while the original Disneyland ride (which has since been redone) made the visitors Peter, in this version Peter has always been present in the ride itself. It also featured audio-animatronics which didn't arrive in the original ride until the …Read more  »