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Photos From The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train In The Magic Kingdom

DSC5161 Photos From The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train In The Magic KingdomSo 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 Train Photos

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

r 1399082713 SevenDwarfsMineTrain57 600x399 Looking At The Design And Technology Of The Seven Dwarfs Mine TrainSo 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 I will get on.

Source: JimHillMedia -Seven Dwarfs Mine Train literally puts a new face on the Disney theme park experience

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

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 the characters expressions much more than was previously possible. The results are impressive.

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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Photos

The big new thing at Walt Disney World this year is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train which is the final element of New Fantasyland (the rest of which opened some time ago).

By the standards of modern coasters this is a tame ride. It’s intended for families and aimed somewhere between the Barnstormer “kiddie” coaster and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

All of which translates to… I might just about be persuaded to get on this one… maybe.

And only then because the theming looks to be really cool. It’s set up so you go in and out of the seven dwarfs mine. These latest photos show the drop as you emerge from the mine.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

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Disneyland Paris – Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

ddp920183LARGE 600x405 Disneyland Paris   Sleeping Beautys CastleThis spectactular shot from the Disney Parks After Dark blog shows the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris right at the beginning of their Disney Dreams nighttime spectacular show.

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/05/disney-parks-after-dark-sleeping-beauty-castle-at-disneyland-paris/

Fireworks Over The Beast’s Castle At Disney World

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Here’s a spectacular shot courtesy of the Disey Parks After Dark blog showing fireworks exploding over The Beast’s Castle in the New Fantasyland part of the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/05/disney-parks-after-dark-fireworks-at-beasts-castle-in-new-fantasyland

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Disney World’s New Festival of Fantasy Parade

One of my favorite things at the Disney World parks is the parades and after two trips there in the last 4 years, I’ve seen most of the ones they have to offer. So I was certainly intrigued to hear they were announcing a new one.

Festival of Fantasy is set to replace the current daytime parade in the Magic Kingdom (Celebrate a Dream Come True) and is a sort of endcap to the Fantasyland expansion project as it will be introduced in 2014 around the time that the Seven Dwarfs Mine rollercoaster is finished.

The parade will highlight  _The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Dumbo, Pinocchio,Peter Pan, Tangled and Brave_ among others and rumor has it there could be as many as 26 floats, some of them quite large.

Certainly the artists renditions are quite ambitious here: