Take a stroll behind Cinderella Castle through the courtyard gates, turn right, and get ready to take a trip through the magnificently detailed forest and mine belonging to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This coaster that opened in May 2014 is uniquely designed and quickly became the centerpiece of the new Fantasyland and a definite “must-do” attraction in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train appeals to younger guests with its smooth ride, familiar characters, and lack of significant drops, but it has enough zip and speed to thrill more adventurous riders. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is easily one of my favorite Walt Disney animated movies, and I love seeing how so many elements of the film are incorporated in this ride. Here are seven facts and secrets to look for the next time you journey through the home of Snow White and her petite companions.
7. One of a Kind
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a very exclusive experience. Walt Disney Imagineering developed the patented system behind the ride that enables the mine cars to freely swing from side to side, letting guests really feel the twists and turns in the track.
6. A Classic Film
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937 and has been a beloved classic ever since. Be sure to look for all of the film references the Imagineers incorporated into new ride. Remember the carved wooden clock with the two figures striking the anvil? In the animated movie, this clock triggers the classic “Heigh-Ho” song once it’s time for the dwarfs to head home from their work at the mine. This clock can be seen by Doc’s workstation. The mine cars themselves are designed to be identical to those in the film, handmade by the seven dwarfs to haul their daily load of jewels and gems. In my opinion, the best dedication to the original Snow White film is the shadows of the dwarfs marching out of the mine as they make their way home. These images are rotoscoped from the scene in the film where the dwarfs march across a log after a hard day at the mine.
5. Paying Homage
Snow White’s Scary Adventures, a classic Fantasyland attraction, officially closed in 2012 to make room for the Princess Fairytale Hall after a run of over 40 years. The Seven Dwarfs Ride Train pays homage to the former attraction in several places. Look for several beloved figures after you complete your ride through the mine and forest. As your mine car glides to a stop before the unloading area, Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy are there to greet you from inside the cottage. These are the original figures from the former attraction. (Snow White, Dopey, and Sneezy were recreated and are new to the attraction). The Wicked Witch also makes an appearance here, and she was also transplanted from Snow White’s Scary Adventures.
4. Have Fun in Line
The best option is to reserve a FastPass + for this popular attraction. If you aren’t able to get one, don’t worry. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has a wonderful queue area to help guests quickly pass the time in line. Play the jewel-washing game, where you can touch and drag jewels drifting down a wooden trough and try to separate them by color and shape. Moving on, create songs by running your hand under 12 spigots, each which coordinates to a note on the scale. Next, try your hand at spinning barrels of jewels at the vault. Check out what happens when all seven barrels are spun at the same time. Don’t forget to look down at the paths for impressions left by sticks, acorns, and forest animals.
3. Innovative Souvenir
Check your “My Disney Experience” account after you ride this attraction for a fun memento. A short video of you on this attraction, as well as a few photos, are linked to your account, which can be downloaded. This is one of the very few attractions in Walt Disney World that offers the video.
2. Hidden Mickeys
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Hidden Mickey hunting. For an easy one, look above Grumpy’s head inside the mine for three gems that form a Hidden Mickey. A twist on a Hidden Mickey is the hidden Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Look for him as you go up the hill inside the mine and pass Doc. Oswald can be seen on the ceiling carved into a wooden beam.
1. Memorable Music
Don’t forget to listen for the instrumental versions of nine songs from the movie, as well as one song that was cut. The tune “In Your Soup” was deleted from the animated film but guests can enjoy it in the queue area.