Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride

Autism at Walt Disney World

Cottage outside the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride at Walt Disney World

There are only a handful of coaster rides that I will go on more than once, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride is one of them. Surprisingly, this “roller coaster” ride is one of the smoothest coasters that I have ever ridden. However, it is also exciting for even the most hardcore coaster enthusiasts.

Cottage outside the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride

While this ride didn’t open until 2014, Snow White was not left out of the original rides at Walt Disney World. Snow White’s Scary Adventures was housed in what is now known as Princess Fairytale Hall. That original attraction permanently closed on May 31, 2012. This attraction was scary beyond all reason. It was designed so guests were “Snow White” and encountered the evil hag/queen throughout the ride. The Dwarfs were in one brief scene.

The ride experienced a redesign in 1994 as Imagineers attempted to make the ride less traumatic for children. Here is a video of the redesigned version of Snow White’s Scary Adventures

HISTORY OF SEVEN DWARFS MINE TRAIN RIDE AT MAGIC KINGDOM, WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort

Opened: May 28, 2014 (official opening date)

Type of Ride: Steel Roller Coaster

Theme: Based on Walt Disney’s first animated feature film from 1937, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Disney Autism Friendly Rides - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train replaced 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Submarine Voyage which was open from October 14, 1971, through 1994. The submarines were replaced by Pooh’s Playful Spot which was open 2005-2010. 

POTENTIAL SENSORY PROCESSING ISSUES INVOLVING SEVEN DWARFS MINE TRAIN RIDE

The largest drop is 39 feet and reaches speeds of 34 mph. When entering the inner queue, it has a “cave-like feel,” almost like you are entering a mine. It is darker inside than many queues. The noises and voices seem louder than normal.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride in Fantasyland

The cast members will ask you how many are in your party. One train has 5 cars that seat 4 people each. When entering the final waiting area, you will be given a number to stand on. Be aware that they may split your party between cars (not trains). If you need to stay together or have a preference for the front, back or middle, please let the cast member know.

If you sit in the front or the back cars, your ride will be a little rougher. The mine train seats do not have lap belts, but there is a padded bar that you pull down to your lap. It should fit snuggly against you.

The train coaster travels inside and outside. Each car swings independently of the entire train and allows for a smoother ride. Inside the “mine” you are treated to the dwarfs singing and working. As you travel up the hill, the dwarf’s shadows are climbing the wall alongside you. There are twists and turns, and hills and valleys throughout the ride.

Fantasyland Rides - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride - Autism

As your car comes to a screeching halt near the end of the ride, Snow White is dancing with the 7 Dwarfs inside their cottage. You can see her through the windows. After you pass the cottage, the evil hag is standing at the side entrance to the cottage holding an apple. My son hates that part of the ride.

Cottage near the end of the 7 dwarfs mine train

Evil hag - Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs

HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Both the FastPass and Standby Queues are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs and scooter riders will need to transfer to board the ride.

MINIMUM HEIGHT RESTRICTION is 38″.

The following video will give you an idea of the sights, sounds, noises, and experience you will have while riding Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

TIPS FOR RIDING SEVEN DWARFS MINE TRAIN RIDE

The standby line is adorable with hands-on activities. Late at night, my son loves to go through the standby queue when it is not busy to play with the barrels, water, and gems. 

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Queue

 

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