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 »
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 »
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 »
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 …Read more »
One of the things that sets Disney parks apart from many of their competitors (though not all these days) is the attention to detail. Like these two posters at the entrance to The Magic Kingdom. Not only are the posters themselves colorful adverts for two of the attractions, but they're presented as bits of art in their own right.
This is a shot of Lumiere (from Beauty and the Beast) at the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party in the Magic Kingdom and Disney World. This is easily my favorite of the Magic Kingdom parades because it's generally got the least people there and if you get in position outside the castle you have the characters all around you.
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 »
[embed]http://youtu.be/045cswBbgYQ[/embed] Disney World stayed open for 24 hours recently and they had a camera trained on Main Street USA to capture it. Here's the timelapse version.
[gallery type="rectangular" ids="106416,106417,106418"] 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 …Read more »