Hi Ho, Hi Ho…Ho Hum? Disney’s Seven Dwarfs Mine is a nice ride, but thrill-seekers will be disappointed
By Peter Covino
It’s finally finished.
More than three years in the making, and the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World is finally complete.
From a great restaurant for Beauty and the Beast (it still takes months to get in for dinner) to the Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid musical attraction it was a giant undertaking for Disney and company. Officials have said all along that the Fantasyland attraction expansion was the largest ever undertaken at the theme park.
And after all those months of waiting, the last piece of the puzzle fell into place Friday, the dedication of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
This is a nice enough ride all right, but the fanfare just doesn’t quite live up all the hype.
The Seven Dwarfs ride fits firmly into the Disney plan of a very family-friendly Fantasyland. It’s almost makes the late Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride seem like a white knuckle experience.
Just about anyone can ride the new mine ride. You would have to be smaller than any of the seven dwarfs to be ruled out because of height requirements.
The most exciting aspects of the ride, which is a tamer version of Big Thunder Railroad, is in the pre-show queue, where there are some really nice hands-on activities to pass the time while you wait. And I would expect the wait is going to be very long, probably around two hours, when the ride officially opens to the public May 28. No matter the anticipation, this is not a ride worth waiting two hours for (and what ride really is), especially as the heat of summer takes hold.
Another nice feature of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is the audio animatromic dwarfs you get see as the train slows down as it enters one of the caves. It is “It’s a Small World” time with the singing, but the technology is very much 2014.
There will be a more indepth look at the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, as well as more on what is happening at Disney World in the Saturday, May 10 print edition of the Osceola News-Gazette.