Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a steel roller coaster located at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Manufactured by Vekoma, the roller coaster is situated in the Fantasyland section of Magic Kingdom. It opened to the public on May 28, 2014, as part of a major park expansion. The ride is themed to the 1937 film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first animated feature film from Walt Disney.
The Fantasyland section of the Magic Kingdom underwent a large expansion and renovation from March 2010 through May 2014.As part of the expansion, the Magic Kingdom's original Snow White attraction, Snow White's Scary Adventures, was permanently closed on May 31, 2012 and replaced with Princess Fairytale Hall, a new Disney Princess meet and greet. A new area themed to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, featuring Snow White's cottage and the new the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster, was dedicated on May 2, 2014 and officially opened on May 28, 2014
The ride soft-opened in the Magic Kingdom on May 21, 2014, fully opening a week later on May 28, 2014.
The indoor line-up area hosts a few interactive activities. One is a gem-sorting game where you match up three jewels of different shape but the same color. There is also a spot with barrels full of gems that you spin to create reflective animations on the ceiling. Finally there are the "musical spigots," a gem washing station with wooden taps carved to woodland animals. There are 12 spigots each representing a note on the chromatic scale. Therefore, if the first spigot starts on "C", then from left to right they would be as follows; C, C#(or D-flat), D, D#(or E-flat), E, F, F#(or G-flat), G, G#(or A-flat), A, A#(or B-flat), B.
A 2011 prototype car for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
The ride travels both indoors and outdoors, similar to Frontierland's major attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Unlike roller coasters such as California Screamin' and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, this attraction is designed to appeal to a family-oriented crowd with enchanting scenery and cartoonish architecture. The attraction features a new ride system of a "tilting vehicle." This new technology simulates the swaying and tipping one would expect to experience in a mine cart
Songs from the film, such as Heigh-Ho, are featured in the attraction.Several show elements from the now-defunct Snow White's Scary Adventures attraction were recycled for the roller-coaster, such as the vultures perched above the ride's first lift hill and Audio-Animatronic figures of Grumpy, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy, and Happy.