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Seven Dwarfs Mine Train exceeds expectations

Pictures from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney World
Pictures from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Walt Disney WorldPaula Kennedy

Roller coaster at Walt Disney World


The long awaited Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opened at the Magic Kingdom on May 28, 2014. The ride is the final piece to the New Fantasyland expansion. There was a lot of anticipation that led up to the ride's opening, and it does not disappoint.

Doc keep guests busy while they wait
Doc keep guests busy while they waitPaula Kennedy

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a family friendly roller coaster that is based on the 1937 movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Although it's fairly tame, guests must be at least 38 inches taller in order to board. It is a FastPass+ attraction.

For those who need to wait in the standby line, there is an interactive queue. If the line is long you will wait in the sun for a while, but overhead fans will help to keep you comfortable. Once you move into a covered area, there are two games. The first is a matching game where you'll have a chance to put jewels where they belong. The second is a water harp. You'll then enter "The Vault", where there's a third game to play. Spin barrels of jewels and see what happens on the ceiling.

After the third game, the wait is almost over. Cast members will direct you to the correct line, depending on if there is an odd or even number in your party. Be warned that the seats for the ride are a bit uncomfortable. A lap bar will keep you in place.

The ride itself is a steel roller coaster that rocks back and forth, mimicking the action of the mine carts from the film. There are two hills, both allow you a nice view of Fantasyland. In the middle of the ride you'll slow down and go inside the mine. There you'll see the dwarfs at work. It picks up again, and then ends outside of the dwarfs' cottage. They can be seen dancing with Snow White inside. The Evil Queen makes an appearance as well.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a lot of fun. As far as thrills go it's tame; if you like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad you will like this as well. The details are incredible, the ride stays true to the film. If you're headed to Walt Disney World, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a ride that you won't want to miss.