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Heigh Ho! Seven Dwarfs coaster is a go-go-go at Disney World's Magic Kingdom

May 9, 2014

By Clay Clifton, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.

May 09--At a time when "Frozen's" Elsa and Anna are dominating the pop culture landscape, Walt Disney World has reached all the way back to its first movie princess to headline the crown jewel of New Fantasyland.

Snow White makes only a cameo appearance on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the newest Magic Kingdom rollercoaster, but the spirit of the classic 1937 film infuses every moment of this charming ride.

"(The ride) is both literally and figuratively the centerpiece of New Fantasyland, so we knew it had to be something special," said Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs at the dedication ceremony last week.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is aimed at a younger crowd -- low on thrills but sure to delight kids too small to ride Big Thunder Mountain. Older children and adults might feel underwhelmed by the action, but the attention to detail and craft will impress.

Everything about the ride feels high-tech. The mine cars glide along the coaster track almost silently and change speed in an instant. Each car sways gently side to side, independent of the others, designed to mirror the mine cars depicted in the film.

At one point the train slows to enter a mine shaft and riders are immersed in the story, much like Splash Mountain but without the water or the plunge.

Inside the mine, the seven dwarfs dig away, unearthing colorful gems and singing their signature tune, "Heigh Ho." This trip through the mine will likely be the favorite part of the ride for many, but good luck getting the song out of your head.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open on May 28, which may disappoint those who've booked Disney trips over Memorial Day weekend. But the theme park has been known to hold "soft openings" of new attractions, so some guests might get lucky between now and the official launch date.

Wait times are sure to be high for this new ride, but a series of interactive stations along the queue provide a fun way to pass the time.

FastPass+ reservations are already available, but going fast, through the new MyDisneyExperience website. Using the new system, Disney guests can reserve their FastPass up to 30 days in advance online (60 days for Disney resort guests).


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