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Dad Speaks: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Home Run or Foul Ball

Hey, Dad here and I’m back in todays Dad Speaks with some ramblings about the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. If you’ve been marooned on a desert island (make sure to only put one s in there Dad, you messed it up the first time) you might not know that Disney has been in the process of upgrading Fantasyland over the last 3 years and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was the last piece of the puzzle.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

The entrance to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – by WDW Shutterbug

A couple of day’s ago, I was working on the new page for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride (it’s pretty cool, by the way, you ought to run check it out, we’ll wait… wasn’t I right? OK, get the ADD under control and here we go) when I came across some complaints about the ride from my buddies over at Touringplans.com blog and a few others of the Disney ‘Guru’s”. They were “grumping” (pun intended) about some of the “issues” with the new attraction. Let’s talk about those “issues” for a minute.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, cottage

Oh, how pretty – by WDW Shutterbug

Here’s a list of the “issues” along with what Dad thinks

  • The ride is too short – maybe that’s true, but all the roller coasters are short. The average length of a roller coaster ride at WDW is about 3 minutes and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is about 3 minutes long. Very average for a roller coaster.
  • The outside lighting is bad at night – maybe a valid point. Maybe the lighting isn’t finished yet, who knows. But for most of us that’s not a big deal.
  • Seats are not Pooh people friendly – this is an issue that needs to be addressed and might be the hardest to fix. It would mean a total redesign of the ride vehicles. That’s a problem.
  • Doesn’t tell the whole story – the biggest complaint about the new Little Mermaid ride is it tries to tell the whole story in 4 minutes. So now you’re complaining that this ride doesn’t tell the whole story. Make up your minds. Maybe just telling part of the story is better.
  • Not an E-ticket ride – so what? Not every ride can be an E-ticket ride. (I’ll bet in a couple of years most everyone will say it is an E-ticket ride.)
  • Not enough themeing in the outdoor section isn’t enough like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – again, this might be true and is easily fixed. I think we’ll see improvements through the next few months.

I remember when Buzz Lightyear opened (kinda the same with Rock ‘n Roller Coaster). Lots of “Disney Guru’s” complained about the “cardboard cutouts” and how Disney was economizing too much. How cheesy everything looked. Yuck. Yes, with Buzz Lightyear. One of the most popular rides at all of WDW. Guru’s can be wrong.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Here we go … – by Matthew Cooper

So is the ride a home run, or a foul ball? I think the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train will end up as the best ride in the new Fantasyland and one of the more popular in the Magic Kingdom. Yes, some of the issues can still be improved (lighting and themeing and hopefully the seats), the ride serves it’s purpose which is to add more capacity to the Magic Kingdom and spread the crowds out a little more (that’s a rant for another day). Let’s call it a triple that’s under review.

Tell us below in the comments what you think about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

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  1. Just returned from a week in WDW. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is a great ride! Very comfortable cars, smooth ride on the tracks – and just the right balance of drops and turns to make it exciting yet small child friendly. Awesome!

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