Climb aboard the new Seven Dwarfs mine train ride at the Magic Kingdom and get ready for a thrilling ride through the diamond mine. Or, is it emeralds? Or, rubies? Or, sapphires? No matter. The real jewel is the ride itself. Think Thunder Mountain but without the bumps and jerks associated with older roller coasters. The Mine Train is as smooth a ride as they come from beginning to end. You will glide through every twist, turn and dramatic drop.
Not entirely a thrill ride, but just as exciting, Disney has a way of hitting that happy medium that makes a ride enjoyable for all ages. Fast, dramatic and beautifully made, there is so much to look at along the way, you’ll want to ride multiple times to catch it all. Especially the tunnel sequence where the Dwarfs are busy digging while you climb to the top of the mountain, anticipating the “big drop.”
The ride itself lasts only a total of two-and-a-half minutes, but Disney has built into the queue many interactive activities to entertain while you wait to board – a welcome feature that seems to be appearing more often in their newer rides in the New Fantasyland. Catch jewels on a touch screen, play music in a water feature, spin barrels and make the dwarfs magically appear. The queue starts to become part of the ride. Bravo, Disney!
The new highlight of the New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World is soon to open this month (May of 2014).
Disclosure: I was invited to ride the new Mine Train as part of a press event. No compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.