The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train officially opened to the media during a special party on Thursday night, May 1, allowing members of the press to try out the cute new family attraction. The new Magic Kingdom ride is a combination roller coaster and dark ride that's aimed squarely at families. Even those traveling with multiple generations can enjoy it together because it's mostly mild, with just a hint of wild thrown in. Here are some photos from the ride, along with some descriptions to let you know what to expect when it finally opens to the public. There's a spot for a FastPass+ line, so I highly recommend grabbing one because this ride is sure to have long waits.
Like many other Disney attractions, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train has an interactive queue. You can interact with gems in the "water," play with giant barrels, and even conduct music. Be prepared to spend some time playing around with all the neat interactive elements.
Even thought the mine train cars sway on the track, it's still a mild ride that virtually anyone can enjoy. The sway actually serves to offset some of the whip action of the track, resulting in a very smooth roller coaster experience.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is also a dark ride. You actually get to go into the dwarfs' mine and see them digging for gemstones. The Audioanimatrics are very life-like, and the scenes are whimsical and colorful. Of course, the dwarfs are singing their famous song.
Because the ride isn't crazy, you get some time to enjoy the great view of other parts of Fantasyland and New Fantasyland. I especially recommend riding the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at night so you can see the lights as you whiz around the track.
The attention to detail lasts all the way until the end of the ride. Keep a look out for the dwarfs' cottage, and you'll see them dancing with Snow White as you pull into the brake run. It's an adorable animated scene.
Beware! The evil witch is on hand too. Keep an eye out just before the ride ends, and you'll see her knocking at the door, hoping to entice Snow White with the infamous poisoned apple.