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.
The only part of the New Fantasyland expansion in The Magic Kingdom that isn’t complete yet is the dark ride/roller coaster The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train but as this photo shows construction is well under way.
The train itself is now on the rails and has undergone its first drop test (where it runs under its own gravity on the rails).
By the standards of modern roller coasters this is considered a tame ride but not only does it combine indoor scenes it also has cars that sway from side to side which should make a pretty unique experience.
The final phase of Disney World’s Fantasy Land Expansion is the Seven Dwarfs Mine, inspired of course by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The rest of Fantasy Land opened late last year, but the new roller coaster won’t open until 2014 (along with a new meet and greet area of the ever popular Princesses).
The video below gives a quick behind the scenes on construction for the roller coaster.