Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, the crowning jewel of New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom, will officially open to Walt Disney World guests on May 28, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs announced today at a media preview of the attraction.
Staggs made the announcement during a dedication of the attraction, which completes New Fantasyland, the largest expansion in the history of the Magic Kingdom.
"Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is both literally and figuratively the centerpiece of New Fantasyland, so we knew it had to be something special," Staggs said. "The attraction appeals to everyone in the family and provides just the right blend of heart, humor, and thrill while keeping with the charm of this special land."
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a rocking, rollicking family-style coaster that will immerse Magic Kingdom guests in the lovable world of Sleepy, Doc, Grumpy, Bashful, Sneezy, Happy and Dopey. Inspired by the Disney animated film classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the attraction will send riders on a playful musical adventure into the mine "where a million diamonds shine."
The attraction features an innovative new ride system that allows cars to pivot back and forth during the twists, turns, hills and drops of the ride. Riders pass through magical mountain scenery studded with red poppies and live oak, cedar and birch trees. At the midpoint of the attraction, guests enter a mine aglow with gems and scenes of the Dwarfs and frolicking forest creatures. Music from the film classic accompanies the journey. At ride's end, the cottage of the Dwarfs, replicated from the film to exacting detail by Walt Disney Imagineers, comes into view with a dancing Snow White visible through a window.
Staggs was joined at Friday's dedication by Snow White and all Seven Dwarfs who proudly brought their freshly-mined gems: buckets of glowing diamonds and jewels and wheelbarrows stacked with oversized rubies, emeralds and sapphires.
"It's my honor to dedicate the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which we think will become an instant classic in New Fantasyland," said Staggs.
Along with Friday's announcement, Walt Disney World Resort shared other news as Disney invites summer guests to "Rock Your Disney Side":
Disney announced that a June opening, in an all-new theater, is now planned for the "Festival of the Lion King" show. The popular, high-energy live musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom moves to a new home in the Africa section of the park. Its music and pageantry are inspired by Disney's animated film classic, The Lion King
Disney's Animal Kingdom also is launching "Harambe Nights," an evening entertainment and dining experience every Saturday from June 7 through Aug. 9. A special ticketed event for guests, Harambe Nights will be a memorable evening of Africa-inspired culinary creativity, theatrical storytelling, live music and dance amid the non-stop fun of an immersive street party. Its centerpiece will be a 55-minute theatrical experience "The Lion King Concert in the Wild," presenting the story like never before.