The wait is almost over…almost. Friday Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will get one step closer as they hold a dedication ceremony for the all new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train coaster. The all new coaster is the crowning piece in the New Fantasyland crown, completing the all new section just in time for the busy summer season. Disney will also announce an opening date for guests Friday as well, although the ride has been testing in overdrive as media previews are in full swing.
If you are like us, and not lucky enough to be at the media preview, then you’re anxiously watching every single piece of footage that comes out, hoping for an opening date. The good news is that if you want to see the dedication ceremony, you don’t have to be at Disney to do it.
The Disney Parks Blog will have a live stream of the entire ceremony Friday May 2nd, at 7:25 a.m. If you want to view the live stream navigate over to the official Disney Parks Blog by clicking here!
Somewhere on Friday there will an announcement of when the new ride will open to guests. While it has been confirmed that it will not open Friday, it’s been rumored that it will open on Saturday May 3rd. While that sounds plausible, don’t get your hopes up until it opens.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will open May 28th with a huge grand opening. Expect soft openings as early as Saturday May 3rd.
“Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is both literally and figuratively the centerpiece of New Fantasyland, so we knew it had to be something special,” Chairman Tom 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.”
The all new coaster is on the website, but you do need a valid ticket to view the time slots.
As for the ride itself, we haven’t been able to ride (not enough pixie dust in our veins apparently) but the reviews we have seen have been very positive. It’s first and foremost a kiddie coaster. It looks to be very tame, and have a ton of great scenic views, as well as a ton of great animatronics. The coaster is revolutionary in that it is the only coaster that rocks side to side as it goes down the track. It doesn’t look like much from off ride, but in the many POV’s that are now out there, it looks to get a very good rocking motion. That all adds to the fun of the ride.
The all new coaster fills in the void that was left when Snow White’s Scary Adventures was closed. That area is now Princess Fairy Tale Hall, where lines have been insane for the past few weeks due to the princesses from Frozen paying a visit.
Video-Check out the original Snow White ride that closed at Magic Kingdom
The all new coaster takes center stage in The New Fantasyland, and marks the biggest expansion in Magic Kingdom History.
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