There is no need to be Grumpy. That long wait for Disney’s mine train ride is almost over
By Peter Covino
There was a big dedication and a three-day press event, but you will still have to wait just a little bit longer to experience the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at the Magic Kingdom.
Walt Disney World officials launched the final piece of the New Fantasyland last week, but that new family coaster still won’t be open to the public, at least not officially, until May 28.
With still more than two weeks of anticipation and build-up, and after riding the family-friendly coaster, the best advice — wait until summer to take the family because the lines are going to be very long.
There aren’t any surprises really in the fun ride, that is sort of like Big Thunder Railroad going high-tech. You won’t find any huge plummets like in a thrill ride, and the real magic happens when the mine train goes into a tunnel and slows down for a look at those famous dwarfs hard at work and even singing their favorite song.
Disney has got the wait covered, well at least partially. When the wait time gets to something a bit reasonable, say less than an hour, there are some pleasant diversions in the queue involving the Seven Dwarfs favorite pastime, digging for gold and gems. But that all happens in the mine. The queue for this ride will undoubtedly be much longer. Two hours won’t be out of the question.
From the Disney dedication day release:
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.
The press event also highlighted another new Disney innovation: MyMagic+. Those paper tickets and even the plastic passes will soon be a thing of the past with MyMagic+.
The magic bands are you admission ticket into the parks and much more. Guests are now able to design their Disney vacation at home before the trip to Disney World. The MyMagic+ band creates a customized, seamless experience, meals to add on adventures and more.
“MyMagic+ is a fantastic new way for our guests to experience even more of the magic of a Walt Disney World vacation,” said Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said during the opening event.
From the Disney press release:
The new web site MyDisneyExperience.com and free My Disney Experience mobile app provide Walt Disney World vacationers the ease of creating their own personal guide to the magic for every aspect of their vacation. Families can begin their experience from home, planning as much or as little as they wish – right from their computer, tablet or smartphone. Families can reserve access to some of their most valued experiences in advance and get assistance along every step of the way to make those must-do’s a reality. There is even the option of making changes on the go with the My Disney Experience mobile app.
My Disney Experience features for guests include:
• Complete information about Walt Disney World Resort attractions, experiences, dining and resort hotels.
• Interactive maps, videos, itinerary tools and more, all in one place.
• The ability to lock in “must-do” experiences in advance through FastPass+. Make show, ride, fireworks or parade viewing or Disney Character Greeting reservations in advance or on the day of their visit.
• Dining reservations for more than 80 restaurants direct from their mobile app or MyDisneyExperience.com.
• A way to connect with family and friends to coordinate plans and share photos.
Here are some more details about the MagicBand wristband, the new, high-tech park admission device.
The colorful wristband is an all-in-one device that will connect guests to with a myriad of functions, not just admission to the
The MagicBand serves as park admission, access to FastPass+ experiences and Disney PhotoPass photo association, all rolled into one. For Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests it also serves as a room key and optional payment method.
For those staying at a Disney resort, MagicBands are mailed to families well ahead of their departure date or are waiting for them at their Disney resort hotel. Parents and the kids can each choose the color of their individual wristband right at home, with seven colors to choose from: pink, blue, green, red, gray, orange or yellow. MagicBands also can be personalized with the family member’s name etched inside.
Day guests will use their RF (radio frequency) enbable theme park admission passes to enter the theme parks and redeem FastPass+ selections or they may purchase a MagicBand ($12.95, plus tax, at merchandise locations in the parks and at Downtown Disney) and link their theme park admission to the MagicBand. Day guests do not have to purchase a MagicBand to enjoy the benefits of MyMagic+.
The MagicBands are fairly comfortable to wear. Disney says they are made of non-latex, hypoallergenic material that is flexible, durable, waterproof and scaled to fit any user.
They are also designed with security in mind. MagicBands can be disabled if lost or stolen and guests’ personal information is not stored on the MagicBand, which contains only a randomly assigned code that securely links to an encrypted database and associates the guest’s MagicBand or card with the experiences they’ve selected. MagicBands are not GPS-based and do not enable collection of continuous location signals.
If guests still have concerns about the bands, they can choose not to participate in MyMagic+. All guests may choose to use an RF-enabled card instead of a MagicBand.
Disney 24 hours
The other big annoucement at the Disney media event were detailed plans about the all-night bi-coastal extravaganza, Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour event, May 23.
Guests can dress as their favorite Disney hero or villain for the event, which will also kick off the traditional start of the family season since it is Memorial Day weekend. Both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom will open at 6 a.m. and remain open for 24 hours nonstop.
The special day will include character meet-and-greets with good and evil classic Disney characters, special entertainment and event merchandise.
Disney also announced the debut of Harambe Nights at Animal Kingdom, Saturdays, beginning June 7. The weekly event features a buffet-style African-inspired meal and a live orchestra and choir, with a narrator-led retelling of The Lion King story.
Ticktets for the street party are $119 for adults, $79 children, plus tax.