Nobody saw the importance of story more than Walt Disney, who infused the tiniest corners of Disneyland with memorable stories to provide guests with an immersive adventure. Today at Disney Parks, even something as simple as an attraction vehicle goes through a meticulous design process to extend the theme and the story that the ride is trying to tell. In a new video released by Disney, go behind-the-scenes of the upcoming Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction, see how the train cars were developed, and get a peek at what the ride itself will be like. Check it out after the break!
The Disney Parks Blog today shared the video (and also the rendering of the ride seen above), which interviews some of the Imagineers who have worked on the train cars, including Ben VanBeusekon, who is a Field Art Director, and Mary Mac Eachin, a Scenic Artist. We learn about just how much thought went into the design of the vehicles, and we see their development in a few pieces of concept art. Although most guests will only look at the vehicles as they enter and exit them, the designs of the cars were certainly not an afterthought, as we see another example of the Imagineers’ painstaking design process.
We also get our first look at actual footage of how the attraction will look from the perspective of those riding inside the cars. The design elements surrounding the track may not yet be complete, but it does give us a better understanding of what to expect. There will definitely be some surprises in store as well, along with several easter eggs that only keen riders will catch, but we will have to wait to find out what they will be.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is currently set to open this Spring, completing the long-in-development New Fantasyland at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park. A firm opening date should be provided in the near future.