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.
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 I will get on.
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.
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: