As soon as an opening date (May 28th) was announced for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, we set out to obtain our Fastpasses. Of course, we weren’t the only ones with this bright idea and ambitious goal. The first date we were able to get that worked with our schedule was June 8th. Eh… not quite good enough, but we took it. Meanwhile, Disney appeared to have the ride in soft-opening mode… social media reports revealed that the ride would run sporadically and sometimes guests were selected randomly for a ride offer… sometimes the standby line was open. Speculation was that Memorial Day weekend would see the ride running quite a bit. My son and I were planning a Star Wars Weekend visit for Sunday, but when my husband found the abruptly released Fastpass+ option open for Mine Train, I knew we were going to have to take a quick detour on our way to Hollywood Studios. Snagged – secured – done!
I rode Thunder Mountain just before my Mine Train reservation… for the sake of comparison. Turns out, I was pretty on-target with my assumption that Mine Train would be comparable, and midway between this and Barnstormer, but I was wrong to fear that it would be another disappointment.
I make two confessions right now – I was so giddy and anxious that I didn’t even much glance at the queue area. Considering it was the Fastpass side, I doubt I missed anything. They do tend to save the distractions for the standby queue, where they are much more necessary, of course. Confession #2 – Even with my camera in tow, I didn’t take pictures. I know… I’m a horrible blogger. Sorry, I was too intent on the experience this time around. Fortunately, reliable hubby brought his palmed action-cam. The video covers the entire ride – from Fastpass entry scan to the last step of the exit area. Photos will come on my next ride through.
From the moment the ride launched, I was satisfied. I appreciated a touch that I found to be rather unique – the ride features a sort of “break” halfway through, where the fast-paced action slows for a leisurely visit to observe the hard-working dwarfs. As soon as the day-ending bells ring, HEIGH HO, it is back to the thrills we go! The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is part indoor, part outdoor, and all WOW! The outdoor portions provide surprisingly scenic views, and the synthetic landscaping of the rolling hills you climb and spiral around become brilliantly believable. I found the mine itself to be beyond charming. The dwarfs were more lifelike than any other animatronics at Disney. Imagineers – you’ve thoroughly outdone yourselves. The gems sparkled so vividly, and the marching shadows of retreating dwarfs pulled childlike chuckles from me just before we were sent speeding over another hill. My favorite touch – the elaborately recreated scene of Snow White dancing with her Dopey-topped “double dwarf” in the cottage at ride’s end. Look for the witch lurking just outside!
But yes… I still want Snow White’s Scary Adventures back. *sigh* What can I say… heck, I’m still bitter about Mr. Toad!
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